Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot creates a media buzz

Sara Scott of MR BIG interviews Mayor Ken Bridger

Interviewer turned Interviewee! Sara Scott (shown here grilling Mayor Ken Bridger with Ashley Taylor of Push Creativity for Market Rasen's Portas Pilot bid) interviewed on The Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Lincolnshire 26th March 2012

MR BIG co-founder Sara Scott, appeared on BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s The Breakfast Show yesterday talk to Rod Whiting about the reinvigoration of markets and the hard work that has gone into the Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot bid, with just days to go to the final submission deadline of 30th March.

Sara, owner of Brand Thing, told Rod how The Portas Pilot had been the impetus for the newly formed MR BIG’s action plan, looking at Mary’s 28 Recommendations to create our own blue print, not just for reinvigorating our market but our high street as a whole.

She explained how the market had really dwindled away to 1,2 or 3 stalls and yet it could be so much more. She went on to explain how Market Rasen’s main street had become a bit run down and was in need of a tidy up and a little TLC.

BBC Breakfast Show host Rod Whiting was quick to point out what a lovely little town Market Rasen is, enjoying a great place in the county, on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Willingham Woods, Market Rasen Racecourse, it has Market Rasen Golf Course and its own railway station. As Rod pointed out “There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a thriving town.”

Sara agreed and revealed how business owners and traders had only come together as recently as the beginning of this year. Together they decided to work on the bid, worked ideas into the bid application and created a video, showing our potential to reinvigorate the market and develop a long term sustainable future for independent traders.

BIG thanks to Rod Whiting and the BBC Lincolnshire team for giving us the opportunity to appear on the show. Thanks also for wishing us luck! According to yesterday’s article in the Guardian, which mentions Market Rasen, over 300 towns are clamouring to become a Portas Pilot, so we face stiff competition.

As Sara said, all fingers are firmly crossed in Market Rasen in the hope of catching Mary’s eye! But we’d also like to wish the very best of luck to all Lincolnshire’s Portas Pilot bids.

You can listen again to Sara’s interview here for the next 6 days (fast forward to 1:37:00) to hear the piece http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00pm9cc

Rod Whiting Breakfast Show BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The next MR BIG meeting is 2nd April 2012, when we start the hard work in earnest.

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