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Mary Portas In Bedminster

The retail guru Mary Portas is due to visit Bedminster in Bristol today to see how her scheme has helped revive the area.

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Bedminster benefitting from Mary Portas

East Street and Bedminster Parade. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bedminster in Bristol is one of only two 'Portas Pilot' towns to see the benefits of joining the scheme.

Ten areas have seen a fall in the number of occupied shop units, according to a report.

The towns were awarded a share of the £1.2million High Street Innovation Fund, launched a year ago, as well as government support and access to retail guru Mary Portas following her review of the sector.

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