On February 4th, the Government announced the ‘Portas Pilots Prospectus: an invitation to become a ‘Town Team’. This follows Mary Portas’ independent review into the future of the high street. One of her recommendations is the creation of ’Town Teams’, a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for high streets, which the Government has accepted and wants to act on immediately.
A fund has been set up for 12 pilot teams across the country, with up to £100,000 available each. The project aims to support a mix of pilot areas, one type specified is coastal towns. Bids are to be presented by 30th March 2012.