Market Rasen Portas Pilot Bid goes LIVE!

Small Town with BIG Ideas – is Market Rasen Mary’s perfect Portas Pilot?

The Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) has now completed the final edit of our video, and uploaded it to our You Tube Channel overnight, ready to meet 30th March deadline.


As hundreds of towns across the country vie for Mary’s attention with their short video submissions and written bids, could it be that Market Rasen, with its 5000 population, is in fact the smallest town in the running to be one of 12 towns picked as a Portas Pilot to win a share of £1 million funding?

Six of the best from MR BIG: (left to right) Richard Hallsworth, Ken Bridger, Robbie Parry, Sarah Lamballe, Sara Scott, Darren Lince. Photo by Push Creativity (Market Rasen)

Market Rasen is a small town with BIG ideas. Led by newly formed Market Rasen Business Improvement Group, affectionately known as MR BIG, (some of whom are pictured here in our Georgian Market Square), with the backing of over 40 local businesses, the Town Council, Neighbourhood Plan and local media.

In a very short space of time we’ve notched up two meetings with over 40 traders attending each, launched an impressive Facebook page, engaging Twitter account, stunning Instagram stream, online town guide and this business focused blog.

We’ve shot three hours of video footage, edited 220 clips, countless stills and distilled hundreds of brainstormed ideas down into a pithy 20 page Action Plan that focuses on four BIG ideas for the town – all practical, sustainable and replicable across any rural market town in the country.

So what makes Market Rasen special? The area is unique. Its people are friendly, warm and interested with a true sense of community. This is a delightful place to live and work surrounded by walks, woods, the Lincolnshire Wolds, with its own racecourse, golf courses, cycling routes and is very popular with motorcyclists.

Children from Market Rasen C of E Primary and Middle Rasen Primary give the Portas bid a thumbs up! Photo by Push Creativity (Market Rasen)

Market Rasen boasts its own railway station, which could be bringing punters in from the county capital, Lincoln and Cleethorpes from the coast for a day out, but for some reason, people have fallen out of love with Market Rasen.

MR BIG hopes that our video and written submission will be enough to bring that BIG vision for our pocket-sized market town to life, and that Mary and the Government will help the town realise its potential.

Don’t mess with MR BIG. We’re going to make it happen.

Get Involved:

COME TO THE NEXT MEETING of our business group on Monday 2nd April at 7pm, Holy Rood Schoolroom, Market Rasen.

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2 thoughts on “Market Rasen Portas Pilot Bid goes LIVE!

  1. Caroline Matthews

    Amazing video, great capture of the town, sound track, commentary and public opinion were thought provoking and the issues that surround the market town were brilliantly hi-lighted.

  2. zoe richardson

    It really bothers me…there are people everywhere in Rasen! The school is busting at the seams, thousands attend race meetings, new houses surround the town. Shops come and go, delapidated buildings send out detrimental signals, there is only a whiff of a Market three times a week, I think it’s three times a week. I love it here in Rasen but am disappointed with the state of the town and frustrated that it’s potential goes unrealised and unfullfilled. Good Luck with the bid…I really hope something comes of it.

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