MR BIG starts work on the #PortasPilot bid for Market Rasen

Ashley Taylor Filming in Queen Street for The Queen of Shops, Mary Portas. Can Market Rasen be a #PortasPilot?

Filming started today at Queen Street in Market Rasen following a quick meeting on Monday night of Market Rasen Business Improvement Group.

Having taken a decision on 5th of March to submit a bid,  MR BIG is focusing its attention this month on delivering a submission for the Government-backed Portas Pilot Scheme.

12 High Streets from around the country will be chosen and awarded up to £100K each, to help fund improvement and regeneration initiatives that re-invigorate local retail. Each entry must include a video that has to be uploaded to YouTube by the 30th of March.

Market Rasen Portas Pilot shoots stills at Rasen Farm Shop

Ash taking stills for publicity work at The Rasen Farm Shop

Planning for Market Rasen’s #PortasPilot video entry began late last week, with a script under development and filming started at 9.15am this morning and will continue throughout the day and tomorrow morning,  thanks to the co-operation of a core project team, made up of local businesses, with the video creation falling to Angela Montague and Ashley Taylor at Push Creativity and Sara Scott at Brand Thing.

Richard Hallsworth, founder member of MR BIG and Partner at Nicholson’s Chartered Accountants comments, “We’ve got a lot to do, in a very short space of time, but the opportunity was simply too good to miss.  The project is really focusing the efforts of the Business Improvement Group and ensuring we commit to firm actions.”

Market Rasen - A Potential Gold Mine?

Market Rasen - A Potential Gold Mine?

It has been suggested that over 300 submissions are expected for the Portas Pilot, so the group anticipates stiff competition and remains pragmatic about chances of winning, as Richard confirms, “We’d love the positive publicity and financial support to help realise our ambitions for the town.  But we’re all agreed that the exercise is valuable in its own right – as it will see us lay down a blueprint for positive transformation in Market Rasen.”


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