The town has lots to offer already, that can be built on - that is the view of Market Rasen’s new town centre manager.
As part of Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot project, Nicola Marshall took on the part-time role earlier this month and says she is looking forward to getting out and about to meet people.
“It is really exciting,” she told the Mail.
“I will be listening to what people want from the project and getting them involved in a real and meaningful way.”
And Nicola’s first task is to help recruit volunteers for the new community greengrocers - Greens of Lincolnshire - which is set to open in Queen Street on November 17.
“I am here to support the MR BIG project and this is a great way for people to get involved.
“There is a wealth of experience and ideas in the town and it is all about making sure people, that want to, can engage with the Portas Project.”
But it isn’t just the here and now Nicola is dealing with, she will also be looking towards the future for further funding opportunities.
“There has been a fantastic start to the project; the markets have created a buzz and things have been very high profile, but we need to keep the momentum going,” she added.
Nicola will be based at Market Rasen Hub and will also be out and about at this Saturday’s Monster Market event in the town’s market place to hear what people have to say.
“We’re over the moon to have someone with Nicola’s skills and experience in role,” said MR BIG volunteer director Sara Scott.
“In these critical first weeks, Nicola is focusing on identifying the funding opportunities that will see our work made sustainable beyond the scope of the Portas Pilot monies we initially secured.
“Additionally, Nicola will be looking to help us draw in volunteers to help deliver our plans and is also looking to recruit a young person as an apprentice to support the activities of the team.”
And any young people, aged 16 years and over, interested in joining MR BIG in a business apprenticeship can email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.