A BIG thank you to all involved in Portas bid

Becoming a Portas Pilot is a fantastic achievement and one for the town to be very proud of.

The application was completed in a very short time frame and I would personally like to thank all those involved.

First, all of the traders and business owners who came to the first two MR BIG brainstorming sessions and contributed to the vision.

To the 15 people from this group who volunteered to be part of the Portas Pilot Application team.

To the Advocate Arms, Chase and Red Lion for hosting our meetings.

To WLDC, our own town council and the other 10 businesses and community groups who all wrote letters of support for the application.

To the Rasen Mail for their promotion of the application.

To Angela Montague and Ashley Taylor for their fantastic work on the video that made the application come alive and wowed so many on You Tube.

To Angela again and Sarah Lamballe for their unrelenting promotion of MR BIG via social media that attracted the attention of Mary Portas herself and shows what can be achieved by a professional approach to social media.

To Sara Scott who facilitated brainstorming sessions, gathered ideas into strategies and co-wrote the vision and application form!

To Richard Hallsworth for chairing meetings, researching the project, co-writing the application form, doing the numbers and budget and taking the all-important call last week!

And finally to the whole community who backed the bid!

Thank you all.