Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Extraordinary Portas Pop Up Monday Market

 

The Poster! Download, Print & Display Yours Today!

Click here to Print & Display This Most Splendid Poster TODAY! On the high street, in the churches, around the schools, on your Facebook page and in the window of your own front parlour. Please think of a spot to put a poster up for us.

Announcing Market Rasen’s First Ever Pop Up Market to celebrate BBC Radio Lincolnshire coming to broadcast their entire show from Market Rasen, Market Place on Monday May 14th, between 4pm and 7pm. 

The Market will open at 3pm, and we’d love all the families to head straight for the marketplace from school pick-up!

Follow the event on Facebook with this link:

Extraordinary Portas Pop Up Monday Market

Showcasing what our Town Transformation Plan can achieve.

Stalls already booked within 10 mins of an email to Mr BIG members by artisan foodies and local traders. If you’re an interested trader, go to our contact page NOW and tell us all about it.

Save the date in diary NOW and please SHARE on your Facebook page & invite your friends.

Should be great after school fun with something for all the family!

LIVE MUSIC in The George afterwards with Martyn Gammidge and Tony of Mr Stiff

Outside bar & BBQ

Kids welcome til 9pm

Be there… for the start of something BIG! More news to follow as soon as it’s confirmed. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

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Town Transformation Plans in Print at the Library

Katharine, at Market Rasen Library receiving 2 bound copies of MR BIG's Town Transformation Plans available to view for anyone who doesn't have access to the internet or would prefer to read a print version.

Now delivered to Market Rasen Library, two bound copies of MR BIG’s Town Transformation Plans available to view for anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet or would prefer to read a print version.

The full plans are available as downloadable PDF from the MR BIG Blog under “About it All” 

Local librarian Katharine said, “We would be delighted to help anyone access the blog online, find services using the Market Rasen Guide and show them how to use the contact form to share their comments and ideas with the Action Planning teams – especially as this fits with our Beginners Internet Taster Sessions, part of a Government backed initiative to get more people online.”

“Give an Hour” – Beginners Internet Taster Session at Market Rasen Library is available on Tuesday 15th May, 10-11am. Unlike computer courses, this is about one to one help finding out how to use the internet how you want or need to – be that setting up an email address or accessing BBC iPlayer. Limited spaces are available so please see staff to book a place.

Copies of Mr Big’s Town Transformation Plan are available to view in the reference section of Market Rasen library during opening hours: Tues 10 – 18.00, Wed 10 – 19.00, Fri 10 – 18.00, Sat 10-13.00.

GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

REGISTER your interest in what we are doing as an business, individual or community group. Follow these links to

Register as a Market Rasen Business

Register as a local organisation or community group

Register as an individual

SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts on email to always get the latest news first. Click here to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email.

GET IN TOUCH send us a message using our online contact form.

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HAVE YOUR SAY – leave a comment at the bottom of this post to add your views or questions.

 

 

 

 

Mary Portas Tweets Market Rasen’s #PortasPilot video

Last night our Portas Pilot excitement rose even higher as Mary Portas herself selected the Market Rasen video as one worthy of praise on her Twitter stream. She has only picked out a handful of videos to feature so far, from 363 entries, so this quite an accolade.

Having reached 1700 views before Mary’s tweeted her link on Tuesday evening, we can now report ‘The Mary Effect’ jumped us up to 1900 views by Wednesday lunch and 2000 by Thursday morning! There has also been 50 ReTweets of Mary’s original Tweet, and eight Twitter users have saved the Tweet as a ‘Favourite’. With Mary’s 158, 200 Followers on Twitter, she has some serious clout!

And she kindly wished us good luck too:

And now, when you search Twitter for #PortasPilot, our original bid video, and the outtakes, come up top.

Market Rasen grabs two top spots for #portaspilot videos on Twitter

As Mary says, our video is ‘a bit long’. We wanted to represent the community, so carried out 25 interviews with traders and residents. Everyone made so many good points we felt like including them all! Editing was an incredible challenge. We were guided by how passionately each person expressed the point they were making, and we hope this means the final video seems full of people talking about things they really believed in.

We’d like to think the final video is ‘well worth putting the effort in for’, as Mary also said in her Tweet.  And a quick look at YouTube’s Audience Retention graph for the video does show that once people start watching, they keep watching. Go Rasen!

As Mary Portas says, people find the Market Rasen video 'well worth putting in the effort for'

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

REGISTER your interest in what we are doing as an business, individual or community group. Follow these links to

Register as a Market Rasen Business

Register as a local organisation or community group

Register as an individual

SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts on email to always get the latest news first. Click here to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email.

GET IN TOUCH send us a message using our online contact form.

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Miniature Market Town pulling in the Portas Pilot You Tube Punters

Market Rasen Market in busier days - thanks to Market Rasen Memories Facebook page for sharing inspiring pictures of a bustling high street

The small, run-down Lincolnshire market town of Market Rasen, with its 5000 population, is punching above its weight in the YouTube viewing stakes.

Its Portas Pilot video submission has clocked up 1,600 views to date, not bad for a town with a population of just 5000, compared to other Lincolnshire towns: Mablethorpe with 330, Gainsborough with 185, Brigg with 27, Grantham with 665 and most surprising of all, the
county’s historic city of Lincoln with just 216 views.

The Market Rasen Portas Pilot bid is also clocking up bigger viewing figures than
many Portas Pilot video submissions from big towns across the country, with
more views (in that crucial first week after the submission deadline) than Kettering, Ilfracombe, Wakefield, St Neots and Basildon to name but a few.

This shows the huge strength of local feeling getting behind the town to support
MR BIG, the newly formed Market Rasen Business Improvement Group, a 100%
volunteer group of local business people, who have pooled their skills and
resources, freely donating weeks of work, to creating a strong bid to be one of
the 12 towns to win a share of £1 million funding and Mary Portas’ expertise.

The group is not about to sit around and wait for the May decision on whether
they will or won’t be a Portas Pilot. Following only their 3rd group meeting on 2nd
April, they publically launched a 20 page + Action Plan on their blog and agreed
on 2 new teams of business volunteers to kick start their first 2 big ideas.

“MR BIG has always been about actions and quick wins,” says Darren Lince,
owner of the 5 star restaurant with rooms, The Advocate Arms, in Market
Rasen. “The Portas Pilot bid helped us focus our best ideas in 5 short weeks and
now we have the blueprint to follow, we’ve already started to make it happen.”

Big Idea No 1 is the BIG Town Tidy Up with traders taking responsibility for their
particular area. Community volunteers have already come forward to offer their
help and support and a volunteer database is under construction.

Big Idea No 2 is about putting the Market back into Market Rasen, and return it
to the stunning days gone by, starting with revitalising the Saturday market and
launching the town’s own gastro food fair.

With £100,00 of extra government funding announced just this week by West
Lindsey District Council to be spent in Gainsborough, Caistor and Market Rasen,
it looks like MR BIG is well placed to give the council serious bang for their buck.

BREAKING NEWS! With three hours of footage taken for the Potas Pilot video, there were quite a few funny outtakes. These are now on YouTube too:

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

REGISTER your interest in what we are doing as an business, individual or community group. Follow these links to

Register as a Market Rasen Business

Register as a local organisation or community group

Register as an individual

SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts on email to always get the latest news first. Click here to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email.

GET IN TOUCH send us a message using our online contact form.

SHARE THIS POST as much as you can on Facebook, Twitter or by email, using the handy buttons at the top and bottom of the page.

Click these clinks to FIND AND CONNECT with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Or go to the Visit Market Rasen website to learn more about the town.

HAVE YOUR SAY – leave a comment at the bottom of this post to add your views or questions.

 

Portas Pilot Video on the BIG Screen at Peter Rhodes

A big thank you to Peter Rhodes Electicals in Market Rasen, who are now showing out Portas Pilot video in store, on their rather BIG flat screen television.

A really valuable service for anyone in the town without internet access who wants to watch the video.

Roger Clark of Peter Rhodes with our Portas Pilot video on the BIG screen for local people who don't have internet access

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

REGISTER your interest in what we are doing as an business, individual or community group. Follow these links to

Register as a Market Rasen Business

Register as a local organisation or community group

Register as an individual

SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts on email to always get the latest news first. Click here to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email.

GET IN TOUCH send us a message using our online contact form.

SHARE THIS POST as much as you can on Facebook, Twitter or by email, using the handy buttons at the top and bottom of the page.

Click these clinks to FIND AND CONNECT with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Or go to the Visit Market Rasen website to learn more about the town.

HAVE YOUR SAY – leave a comment at the bottom of this post to add your views or questions.

 

 

MR BIG’s BIG plan – ready to read online!

Detailed plans now online to give Market Rasen a bright future

At last – we can now share our town transformation plans in full! Here is the fine detail of how we intend to transform this town (Portas funding or not!). 

The Plans

It’s a lot of reading, because a lot of work has gone into it, from three meetings that gathered the concerns and ideas of around 50 local business minds, to research by the MR BIG core team on what other towns are doing in other areas of the UK.

There are two essential documents to read. Download them with these links, and please bookmark this page now so you can always find it:

MR BIG Town Transformation Plan PDF

The MR BIG Action Plan PDF

The People

For those of you who don’t yet know, MR BIG was started by a handful of local business people, working on a completely voluntary basis, to get MR BIG to this point.  Read more about them on our “About It All” page.

And at the last meeting we are delighted to say that there were at least 10 new hand-raisers  from within Market Rasen businesses who are going to help MR BIG hit the ground running. We’ve plans to implement our first 2 big ideas, reaching out to community partners including the Town Council, clubs and organisations, landlords and young people. Our next blog post will cover this in much more detail… stay tuned, or better still, click here to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

REGISTER now if you’re a Market Rasen business and be part of MR BIG. Just click this link to our online form.

GET IN TOUCH send us a message using our online contact form.

SHARE THIS POST as much as you can on Facebook, Twitter or by email, using the handy buttons at the top and bottom of the page.

Click these clinks to FIND AND CONNECT with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Or go to the Visit Market Rasen website to learn more about the town.

HAVE YOUR SAY – leave a comment at the bottom of this post to add your views or questions.

 

 

The Portas Review – High Street Innovation Fund

Market Rasen's Market Place Walk

How can we get more footfall?

by Mark Sturgess

The Government is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to revitalising the high street.

It announced a further £10m “High Street Innovation Fund” on Friday (30 March 2012) with £100k being allocated to West Lindsey.

The Fund is part of its response to the Portas Review of the high street. The review recognised that high streets cannot rely on retail and they have to offer something new and different that neither shopping centres nor the internet can match.

A focus of the Fund is empty properties (not just shops) and the Government is encouraging local councils to use new ways of getting empty properties used. It specifically refers to local councils using business rate discounts – which councils will be able to offer from 1 April following a change in the law.

It also sees councils using their planning powers and encouraging what is calls “meanwhile uses” (this fits well with the idea of “pop up” shops which is part of Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot bid) to help revitalise the high street. “Meanwhile uses” appear to be uses that can take place in a vacant shop between one permanent use finishing and another starting.

A main way the Government sees empty properties being brought back into use is through collaborative working between councils and landlords. In particular it wants to see:

  • Landlords offering a discount to new tenants.
  • Councils to use the High Street Innovation Fund to reduce business rates for empty properties.
  • Councils to match the business rate discount provided by the High Street Innovation Fund.

In addition to financial incentives the Government is encouraging councils to make its empty, or under used properties, available to start up companies.

Finally the Government gives examples of other ways the Fund could be used:

  • Helping the community to purchase empty properties through the new “Community Right to Bid”
  • Encouraging “meanwhile uses”
  • Supporting local skills improvement/social enterprises by developing an apprenticeship scheme to train young people in shop-fitting and refurbishment.

In West Lindsey the fund will be used to support high streets in Market Rasen, Caistor and Gainsborough.

GET INVOLVED

REGISTER now if you’re a Market Rasen business and be part of MR BIG. Just click this link to our online form.

STAY INFORMED, get all our latest posts on email, follow this link to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email, it’s free and easy to cancel if you change your mind.

Read our Action Plan – download it here: the MR BIG Action Plan PDF

Read our MR BIG Town Transformation plan –  download it here MR BIG Town Transformation Plan PDF

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MR BIG meeting – Portas Video Viewing & The Action Plan!

Inviting all registered MR BIG business people (and ANY business people in Market Rasen yet to join us), to COME ALONG TONIGHT to:

  • View the Portas Pilot video, including the unseen outtakes!
  • Find out how the video has performed so far
  • Talk about additional funding from WLDC
  • Hear our report on our letters to Landlords and the Town Council
  • Discuss the action plan in full, download it here: the MR BIG Action Plan PDF
  • Discuss the MR BIG Town Transformation plan: download it here MR BIG Town Transformation Plan PDF
  • Find out how you can do your bit

It’s at 7pm tonight, Holy Rood Schoolroom, opposite The Red Lion. Ample parking behind the Schoolroom.

Sara, Ash and Richard do their bit for the Portas Pilot video

Portas Pilot Video – Fast Facts

  • The filming over five days included 25 interviews
  • There were 220 video clips created, covering over three hours of footage
  • This had to be edited down to around six minutes, and our objective was to give everyone involved a moment on screen, cover the story of the town and its people and highlighted the most innovative ideas in our bid
  • Editing took around two days
  • Uploading the final edit to YouTube took nine hours overnight
  • The bid has now been submitted along with a 20 page action plan, fully detailing our ideas, with a timescale to match
  • We believe we are among one of the smallest towns to enter, with a population of just 5000

As you can imagine, all this work represents a huge amount of time and effort by a core team of local business people, time given for free because they want Rasen to succeed. Tonight we ask for more to step up, and turn Rasen’s fortunes around, Portas or no Portas.

If you’ve not seen the video yet, here it is:

REGISTER now if you’re a Market Rasen business and be part of MR BIG. Just click this link to our online form.

STAY INFORMED, get all our latest posts on email, follow this link to Subscribe to Market Rasen BIG by Email, it’s free and easy to cancel if you change your mind.

Read our Action Plan – download it here: the MR BIG Action Plan PDF

Read our MR BIG Town Transformation plan –  download it here MR BIG Town Transformation Plan PDF

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HAVE YOUR SAY – leave a comment at the bottom of this post to add your views or questions.