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:


Filming our Portas Pilot Video

Our Portas Pilot video on YouTube

The fine detail of the bid – our Town Transformation Plans – published online

Mary Portas Tweets praise for our Portas Pilot 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.

The back story of the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) started January 2012


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