Monthly Archives: May 2014

MR BIG outlines Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot journey

Hot on the heels of a visit from Government colleagues last week, the board are happy to publish the MR BIG annual report, outlining year two of our Portas journey.

MR BIG Year 2 Report

It’s been a challenging and rewarding year and the team have given serious consideration to sustainability and key priorities for the year ahead. The plan outlines the specific initiatives that will be driven forward over the year ahead.

With a clear plan and focus outlined, the BIG team are now actively looking for business people who live or work in LN8 to join the board and drive projects forward.


We will shortly be calling our AGM and look forward to discussing the contents of our plan with members.

In the meantime, please email Sadie ( if you have any questions, or would like to know more about joining the board.

Markets achievements marked with Extraordinary Pop Up Market on Tuesday 20th May

2 years ago this May, Market Rasen launched its journey to become a Portas Pilot with an        Extraordinary Portas Pop Up market.

Tuesday 20th May sees an extra BIG weekday Market in Market Rasen to celebrate the 2014 Love Your Local Market campaign. Representatives from Government and Boots will visit the town to learn from Market Rasen’s achievements as one of the first 12 Portal Towns.

Favourite Jenny Smith will be attending the BIG Market on the 20th May.

Favourite Jenny Smith will be attending the BIG Market on Tuesday

The town’s extra Market is a collaboration between Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) and Market Rasen Town Council, which also falls in Love Your Local Market (LYLM) fortnight.

“The High Street and the Market rely on local people showing their support at these key events. Please take the time to come down and join the fun from 9am” said Jackie Smith, MR BIG Markets Director.

Maria from Greens of Lincolnshire will be doing cooking demonstrations with the very best local ingredients. Sarah from Bricktree Gallery at Jim’s Yard will be demonstrating how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Middle Rasen Primary School choir will be entertaining shoppers from just after 11am.

View from St Thomas' Church

View from St Thomas’ Church

Market day visitors can find free parking everywhere. The Advocate Arms is offering shoppers a free Scone with every tea/ coffee bought on the 20th May, plus special offers and deals along the High Street wherever you see the MY MARKET RASEN sticker.


May kicks off Love Your Local Market early!

2 years ago this May, Market Rasen launched its journey to become a Portas Pilot with an Extraordinary Portas Pop Up market.

This Saturday 3rd May sees the first of 2 BIG Markets kicking off this month’s Love Your Local Market celebrations with almost 40 stall holders in the historic Georgian Market place from 9am.

Visitors to Market Rasen can look forward to artisan food, cakes, cheeses, locally grown cut flowers and plants, plus an array of unusual and distinctive gifts from the very best local market traders, including stalwarts like Jill Brown from English Rose who has attended every BIG market and has new fabrics and rhubarb and custard cake and amongst her wares this Saturday.


Are you coming to the BIG May Market this Saturday?

Market Day visitors can find free parking everywhere, plus special offers and deals along the High St wherever they see the MY MARKEN RASEN sticker. And for those having a spin down the A46 from Grimsby en route to market Mill Farm Nursery on Gallamore Lane, for a wide range of British grown plant, has just opened for its 3rd season offering an exclusive BIG Market day special of 10% over £10 for anyone who quotes MY MARKET RASEN.

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Look out for this window sticker for special offers!

“With 2 national Markets awards under their belt, and summer visitors on their way, the Mr Big team have really put the Market back into Market Rasen” said Rob Parry, owner of Mill Farm Nursery, long standing stall holder and member of Mr Big. “It’s great that we are all working together to provide a warm welcome and great service to visitors.”
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There will be also be a BIG market in Market Rasen on 20th May from 9am to celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight with special guests in attendance.