Monthly Archives: May 2012

Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot Winning Team!

(Almost) all of the team of Market Rasen business people who worked so hard on our winning Portas Pilot Bid

Many members of the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) who worked so hard on our winning Portas Pilot Bid. Photo taken by Ella (aged nine) as her daddy (Ashley Taylor) had to be in the shot this time, not behind the camera!

Is this what MR BIG looks like? Almost! Pictured are:

(Left to right back) David Young (Fair Trade Point of Contact), Angela Montague (Push Creativity & MR BIG founder), Jackie Smith (Beltec), Darren Lince (The Advocate Arms), Richard Scuffham (Forget Me Not Florist), Sue & Ken Greenwood (Rasen Hardware and DIY), Richard Hallsworth (Nicholson’s Accountants & MR BIG founder), Jayne Sankey (The Chase), Ashley Taylor (Push Creativity, who filmed the winning bid video). (Left to right front), all three MR BIG founders, Sarah Lamballe (Sarah Lamballe Copywriting & Lincolnshire Tree Services), Bev Farrow (Touches Beauty) and Sara Scott (Brand Thing).

Members of Market Rasen Business Improvement Group celebrate their amazing success in becoming a Portas Pilot town, in the private dining room of Market Rasen’s 5 star restaurant with rooms, The Advocate Arms.

As one of 12 pilots picked from 371 entries, they certainly deserve their moment of glory!

But this photo is the tip of the MR BIG iceberg. Now representing 110 organisations (comprising high street traders, local businesses, market traders and community groups), and eight individual volunteers, MR BIG is well into triple figures, and looks likely to get bigger and bigger.

#PortasPilotParty on Instagram

The group then went on to a massive party at The George, with live music from The Harper Brothers and Lincolnshire Sausages – in a bun – which was of course Instagrammed. You can see all those photos being added now, under the tag #PortasPilotParty. Follow this link Portas Pilot Party on Instagram

Our Portas Pilot video, which summarises many of the ideas in the bid and shows why Market Rasen wants… needs… and deserves to be a Portas Pilot:

OUR PORTAS PILOT JOURNEY SO FAR:

Filming our Portas Pilot Video http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/mr-big-starts-work-on-the-portaspilot-bid-for-market-rasen/

Our Portas Pilot video on YouTube http://youtu.be/3VJxJAzs0Ro

The fine detail of the bid – our Town Transformation Plans – published online http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/market-rasen-mr-big-action-plan-onlin/

Mary Portas Tweets praise for our Portas Pilot video http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/mary-portas-tweets-market-rasens-portaspilot-video/

Our Extraordinary Pop up Market on May 14th, proving what can be done in four weeks with no funding, but plenty of great ideas and heaps of hard work. Also commended by Mary Portas on Twitter.http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/thank-you-to-all-who-made-our-extraordinary-portaspilot-pop-up-market-a-roaring-success/

The back story of the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) started January 2012 http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/market-rasen-mr-big-team/

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

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

Register as a Market Rasen Business

Register as a Market Trader

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.

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Market Rasen IS a Portas Pilot Town!

Market Rasen's Georgian Market Square during our Portas Pop up Market, May 14th, 2012. Photo by Push Creativity

Market Rasen’s Georgian Market Square during MR BIG’s Extraordinary Portas Pop up Market, May 14th, 2012 (Photo by Ashley Taylor @ Push Creativity)

The small Lincolnshire town of Market Rasen is going to have more to celebrate than it bargained for over the coming Jubilee weekend, as it has been announced as a winner in the government’s Portas Pilot scheme.

A group of local traders and business people who call themselves MR BIG (Market Rasen Business Improvement Group) made a bid for funding to help regenerate a Georgian town that has slipped into decline in recent years, with a dwindling market and a steep rise in vacant premises along its High St. The bid was to secure a share of £1.2M of government money that will split between 12 winning towns.

The competition was intense with a reported 370 towns battling it out and the deciding factor may well have been video submissions made by entrants to put their plans to Mary Portas (retail guru and Queen of Shops) and Grant Shapps MP.

Market Rasen’s bid video features a broad spread of local business owners and residents, and lays down a manifesto that centres around plans to re-instate the market at the centre of the the town’s community as well as its retail experience, and was one of the few Portas Pilot videos that Mary Portas picked out to feature on her Twitter stream.

The plan is full of innovative ideas about how new businesses can learn how to trade on the market, progress into a MR BIG retail unit, where they will be given a helping hand to learn retail skills, before progressing on to take premises of their own.

Founding member of MR BIG and local business woman, Sarah Lamballe explains the group’s response to the news: ‘We’re absolutely over the moon that all of our hard work has paid off.  We’ve managed to turn around a general attitude of apathy into some really strong and positive belief that our town can be re-invigorated.  Securing the funding really is the icing on the cake.’

The town recently proved this point.  Whilst other towns awaited the results of the Portas Pilot with bated breath, MR BIG decided to have a go at putting some of its plans into action, creating a one-off Monday ‘Pop-up’ Market – taking ideas they’d seen Mary Portas herself talking about on TV.  The result was a stand out success, with over 30 market stalls, food, arts and crafts and even local live musicians all taking part.

Sarah comments, ‘We were determined to turn around our town with or without the Portas money, but now with the result, we can fast track our plans.  We know that now our work begins in earnest to make sure Market Rasen realises its full potential.’

PRESS CONTACTS

Journalists wishing to talk to a member of Market Rasen’s town team are requested to call:

Sara Scott 07912 644968
Sarah Lamballe 07974 194888

OUR PORTAS PILOT JOURNEY SO FAR:

Filming our Portas Pilot Video http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/mr-big-starts-work-on-the-portaspilot-bid-for-market-rasen/

Our Portas Pilot video on YouTube http://youtu.be/3VJxJAzs0Ro

The fine detail of the bid – our Town Transformation Plans – published online http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/market-rasen-mr-big-action-plan-onlin/

Mary Portas Tweets praise for our Portas Pilot video http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/mary-portas-tweets-market-rasens-portaspilot-video/

Our Extraordinary Pop up Market on May 14th, proving what can be done in four weeks with no funding, but plenty of great ideas and heaps of hard work. Also commended by Mary Portas on Twitter.http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/thank-you-to-all-who-made-our-extraordinary-portaspilot-pop-up-market-a-roaring-success/

The back story of the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) started January 2012 http://marketrasenguide.co.uk/market-rasen-mr-big-team/

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH MR BIG

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

Register as a Market Rasen Business

Register as a Market Trader

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.

Thank you to all who made our Extraordinary #PortasPilot Pop Up Market a roaring success

The Extraordinary Pop Up Market from the tower of St Thomas’ Church. Can Market Rasen be a  ‘Model’ Market Town? (photo and tiltshift effect by Push Creativity, not for commercial re-use)

BREAKING NEWS: Mary Portas has commented on this blog post already via Twitter:

Mary Portas commenting on this post on Twitter, 18th May 2012

“Hear ye, hear ye” (as our Town Crier would say) can we thank everyone who helped to make Monday’s Extraordinary Pop Up Market such a huge success. It was fun, colourful, exciting and inspiring, grabbed media attention and showed what Market Rasen can achieve by working together as one BIG community.

Hats off to all our wonderful community groups for interesting stalls; Lindsey Trail & Poachers Harness Club, Wolds Countryside Service, Wolds Walking Festival, Walkers Are Welcome, Rotary and Lions (for sharing expertise), Rase Heritage Society and Station Adoption Group, Rasen Jubilee Committee and Rasen Hub. And to the Town Council for giving the market place and stalls free of charge.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s William Wright chats to Mr BIG’s Sara Scott, as part of their live Drive Time broadcast at the event. BBC Look North also came to our market for a special news report on our bid to be a Portas Pilot town. (photo by Sarah Lamballe as @copycreator during Lincolnshire’s first ever Instameet)

Take a bow you awesome stallholders; Smudged (for big posters too), Mill Nursery, Cottage Garden Flower Co, Lincolnshire Tree Services, Blue River Jewellery, Wolds Target Accessories, Style Studio, Dave Jefferson and Rhodes Fitted Kitchens. Talented crafters Voo Dollys, Seb van Breukelen, Carol Parker, Donna Under the Stairs, Chez Moi and Fairtrade Point of Contact.

Incredibly busy from 3pm to 7pm, catching the after school and after work footfall (photo by Push Creativity)

Incredibly busy from 3pm to 7pm, catching the after school and after work footfall (photo by Push Creativity)

Thanks also to lovely local food businesses who made it so tasty; Country Markets, Sunnyside Up, Ffeisty’s Emporium (for a celebration cake and  cup cakes – all gluten free – for our Instagram meet too), Cupcakes by Claire, Jenny’s Jams, Chapman’s Fish Cakes, Oak Tree Farm, Goat Wood Dairy, Gourmet Spice Co, Garnett’s Ice Cream and Crepe Lucette.

Applause for rocking our world to busker Karl Toth and Martyn Gammidge courtesy of Touches at The George – who we thank for hosting our Portas Pilot DVD, business cards and BBQ so well catered by the Rotary Club at short notice.

Blue Boy’s busking was good enough to get some little people dancing! (photo by Cross Cat Designs)

A major attraction at the event was the giant Children’s Think Tank, a mock aquarium created in one of our empty shops, the former Square Bar. Filled with 269 fishes and wishes for the future of the town, one created by every child at the town’s primary school, it attracted scores of families to the market straight from school. With a ‘Fish Trail’ sheet also placed in every child’s bag by the school, families were also directed down the high street to find nine fish in local shops, cafes and pubs, with a prize at the end. An amazing 88 children completed the trail on the day.

The Children’s Think Tank judges had the difficult task of picking six winning fish:  left to right Louise Robinson (Garnetts), Mark Bletcher (Lincolnshire Signs & Solar Control), Sara Scott (MR BIG & brand thing), Paul Fisher (editor of The Market Rasen Mail) and Steve Lambers  (Lincolnshire CoOp)

The tank idea came from MR BIG’s Angela Montague (of Push Creativity) and was made possible by: the children and staff of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School (fishes & wishes and trail sheets),  Lincolnshire CoOp (use of the building and Think Tank prizes), The White Swan (free squash on the trail), Garnett’s Sweets (Fish Trail prizes) plus Lincolnshire Signs & Solar Control and Green Dolphin (window preparation). High street traders on the Fish Trail were; Priceless, Blue River Jewellery, Indulgence, Market Rasen Pet Centre, The Gift Horse, Rasen DIY and Jossals. MR BIG volunteers were Vidge, Zoe, Alison, Caroline, Rita and David who created this massive art installation. Also big thanks to another high street name,  Forget Me Not Florists, for the fun Marshalls’ yellow ribbons.

town crier

Lincolnshire’s most fabulous Town Crier, Karen Crow, matched the Georgian market square perfectly. (Photo by Push Creativity)

Thanks also to Beverley Farrow of Touches, whose salon became BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s studio for the afternoon, Darren Lince of The Advocate Arms and Jackie Smith of Beltec (who also made the canopies for the market stalls) for seamless operations and to Sara, Sarah and Kerry Hallsworth for admin. A pat on the back to professional marketers Angela Montague of Push Creativity, Sara Scott of Brand Thing and Sarah of Sarah Lamballe Copywriting for the design, artwork, PR and social media publicity that continues to captured everyone’s imagination.

Well done to Angela for successfully pulling off Lincolnshire’s first ever Instameet that saw snappers from as far afield as Grimsby to Rutland joining our official photographer Ashley Taylor in capturing great images of the town (view all Instagram images tagged #PopGoesRasen with this link).

Left to right Ashley Taylor, Angela Montague, Emma Lingard, Sarah Lamballe and Jack Webb at Lincolnshire’s first Instameet.  Within 48 hours, our  10 Instagram photographers had uploaded 130 images.

Cheers to the few, but hugely valued, BIG Sweep Up volunteers who turned up to clean the Market Place on Sunday and to WLDC for providing bags

Our Sunday BIG tidy up team led by MR BIG’s Beverly Farrow (left), showed the market square just needs a little bit of TLC to make it beautiful too!

Thanks also to The Foyer residents, town councillors and volunteers who helped put stalls up and down.

Young people from The Market Rasen Foyer helped take all the stalls down. They told William Wright how much they’d enjoyed it and how they’d love more opportunities to get involved in projects in the town.

Finally thanks of all to the people of Market Rasen for coming out in force to support our first ever MR BIG market. Let’s hope it’s the first of many.

Our beautiful cobbles, used as they were intended to be, by people and market stalls! (photo Push Creativity)

To see more photographs, especially those of the stalls, click here to view the #PopGoesRasen tag on Instagram.

HOW TO 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.

Monday’s Pop Up Market – A Message to our Traders


Our Marshall's will be wearing these, created by Forget me Not Florists

We can’t wait to see you there!!

You may have access to the Market Place for set up from 12.30 on Monday.

The Market will be officially opened @ 3pm.

We will be closing and packing up promptly at 7pm (but not before).

There will be marshals on-site to direct you to your pitch.

If you have any urgent queries in the meantime, call Sara on: 07912 644968.

 

 

 

An open invitation to Mary Portas & Grant Shapps MP from MR BIG!

Dear Mary & Grant

Our Pop Up Market’s stuffed with goodness, but you’d be the cherries on our delicious home baked cake.

We’ve got the vintage poster:

The Poster! Download, Print & Display Yours Today!

We’ve got 30 indie stalls selling slogan tees, hardy plants, wood carvings and cottage garden flowers with zero carbon miles. Meet knitters, sewers, bakers, makers, lady gun slingers, artists and hair braiders. Shop socks, crocks, crafts and crepes. Taste lip-licking ice-cream, sausages, goat’s cheese and Lincoln red beef – all deliciously local and thrilled to do #popgoesrasen

We’ve got BBC Lincolnshire broadcasting their Drive Time Show live from 4-7pm, as part of their Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

William Wright and the BBC Radio Lincolnshire team will be broadcasting live at the market

We’ve got Lincolnshire’s first Instagram Instameet, because Market Rasen can be cool.

Lincolnshire's First Instameet #PopGoesRasen

We’ve got this empty shop waiting to be turned into a giant fish tank with 269 children’s fishes & wishes

Inside the former Square Bar - soon, 269 children's fishes & wishes will turn this empty space into a giant aquarium!

But we don’t have Mary and we don’t have Grant – or do we?

MR BIG personally invites you both to come along and see how the Portas Pilot scheme has inspired Market Rasen to create all this, from a standing start, in just four weeks.

Would love to see you there.

The MR BIG team.

Town Sweep Up in Time for the Pop Up Market!

Let’s go to work an clean up our beautiful cobbles

 

MR BIG NEEDS You!

Town Sweep UP

Sunday May 13th

3pm, Market Square

Bring a brush!

Mr Big will be emailing this BIG invite to all 81 organisations that have signed up via this MR BIG blog. People who passionately believe in Market Rasen and want to help the town realise its potential. Everyone is welcome. Just turn up at 3pm with a sweeping brush, plenty of elbow grease and a big smile.

Let’s get the town looking ship shape, spick and span and ready to say a big hello to BBC Radio Lincolnshire on Monday.

Who knows, we might even pop for a pint in the Aston afterwards, if we feel we’ve earned it!

HOW TO 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.

The Children’s Giant Think Tank at the Pop Up Market

Inside the former Square Bar, Market Rasen. Soon, 269 children's fishes & wishes will turn this empty space into a giant Think Tank, revealed at 3pm on our Portas Pop up Market on the 14th May

MR BIG is working with Market Rasen Church of England Primary School and Lincolnshire Co-operative to turn the former Square Bar into a giant aquarium. Chris Cocking, Foodstore Operations Manager, has secured permission for the MR BIG display team to use the vacant space as a popup art work and fill those big square windows with fish created by all the children at the school – so that’s 269 fish!

Each fish will be blowing a bubble filled with the child’s wish for Market Rasen. The fishes and wishes will create a Children’s Think Tank, which should look amazing and prove how much the children care about the future of our town.

The fish tank will be revealed at 3pm on Monday May 14th, to exactly coincide with the start of the Extraordinary Pop up Portas Market and school leaving time. Angela Montague, of Push Creativity who filmed the Market Rasen Portas Pilot video and came up with the idea, said “We hope The Think Tank will lead lots of families into the market as they want to see where their children’s fish are and prove a great talking point for the BBC team broadcasting from 4pm-7pm.”

There will also be a fun Fish Trail in which families visiting the market can take part. The trail will lead children and their parents along the high street to meet traders in the shops and cafes opening late to coincide with the Market. Children will have to spot the trader’s own fish, ask the fish’s name and jot it down on their trail sheet, which they’ll show to Louise at Garnett’s sweet shop, who has very kindly donated fishy themed treats to reward intrepid fish spotters! Children can also take a pit stop at The White Swan, where Tina will be providing free cups of squash.

Our MR BIG volunteer Rita started work today to create the Think Tank artwork

Headmaster, Andrew Smith of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School is very keen to involve the school with MR BIG’s vision for the revitalisation of the town and has arranged for prefects to select two finalists from each class on Friday this week to help the judges on the market day.

We’ll be sharing images from inside the bar as we create the tank, live on our Instagram stream: http://web.stagram.com/n/marketrasen_big/

The Pop Up Market, Think Thank and Fish Trail is a MR BIG PRODUCTION (the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group). It’s been made possible by: The children and staff of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School (fishes & wishes), Lincolnshire CoOp (use of the building and Think Tank prizes), The White Swan (free squash) Garnett’s Sweets (Fish Trail prizes). Lincolnshire Signs and Push Creativity (art materials), The High Street Traders on the Trail and the MR BIG volunteers: Angela, Vidge, Zoe, Caroline, Rita & David.

HOW TO 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.