Mary Portas £10K funding lift for Tewkesbury High Street
COMMUNITY leaders in Tewkesbury are celebrating being awarded £10,000 to help breathe new life into the town's High Street.
The Government funding is part of the national Mary Portas Town Team Initiative, aimed at improving high streets and making them the beating hearts of their communities.
Tewkesbury previously missed out on getting £100,000 under the Portas Pilots project but has now been successful in its bid for the similar Town Team scheme.
According to retail guru and TV personality Mary Portas, people need to form a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for their High Street.
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Members of the Tewkesbury Town Centre Community Engagement Advisory Group (CEAG) are involved in trying to make her vision a reality.
Dave Witts, the joint chairman of the group, said it was too early to know exactly how the £10,000 would be spent but he promised it would be put to good use.
He said: "We've got a marketing workshop on November 7, when we'll discuss this. We've got £10,000 and it will be spent wisely."
As part of the initiative, the borough council teamed up with the advisory group and Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson to sign a pledge to make Tewkesbury a Town Team Partner.
The council said the Town Team would use the money to develop projects which support the High Street and get more people using its shops. It said this might see the creation of a local enterprise hub, which businesses could use for training and promotion.
Other ideas, the council said, included finding ways of lifting the night-time economy and asking consumers what kind of shops they want to see in the High Street.
As well as the money, Tewkesbury will get support from business experts and have the chance to meet regularly with other Town Teams to share experiences and lessons learned.
The council's lead member for economic development and promotion, Councillor Dave Waters, said: "This is a fantastic boost for Tewkesbury town centre. We're keen to work with residents, businesses and organisations to ensure this funding makes a difference to the town centre."
Mr Robertson said he was delighted that Tewkesbury had been given the money as part of a "very exciting" scheme.