Rushden high street gains £10,000 cash boost

The Birmingham Post and Mail.Pics by Iain Findlay 'TV Presenter Mary Portas from the show Mary Queen of Shops at the Radisson Hotel.
The Birmingham Post and Mail.Pics by Iain Findlay 'TV Presenter Mary Portas from the show Mary Queen of Shops at the Radisson Hotel.
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Rushden has profited from an unexpected £10,000 fund to kick-start town high streets - despite missing out on their first attempt.

Earlier this year a group from the town were unsuccessful in winning cash from a government high street revival scheme led by television star, and retail guru, Mary Portas.

But further funding has now been freed and the Rushden Town Team are one of 392 towns who will receive a cash injection.

Marian Holloman, chair of the team, said there are already plans being put together to invest the money to rejuvenate the area.

She added:” “In the current economic climate, any help is good news so this is a boost to Rushden.

“We’ll move forward with this £10,000 and look at developing a website that will establish Rushden as a place to visit, to socialise and to shop.

“We will also be looking at building on the existing offer in the town”

The Rushden Town Team originally missed out on being one of 27 UK towns to win a share of £2.5 million under the Portas Pilot scheme and expert help from TV’s Mary Queen of Shops.

But the now, because the extra funding has been freed, the town will also receive mentorship and visits from experts, access to workshops and seminars across the country to discuss the problems struggling high streets face, and the chance to meet and share advice with towns who have also profited from the scheme.

Rushden MP, Peter Bone has said he is fully behind the team and will meet with them to go through the plans.