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1st shop in Mary Portas scheme opens in Tiverton

The first shop to open under the Portas Pilot scheme in Tiverton has been officially launched today. The town was awarded £100,000 from the Mary Portas fund to help regenerate its high street.

A pop-up shop for local artisans to sell their art and crafts has been opened in the town centre. Another shop is planned in the coming months on the site of what used to be a pub. Sue Griggs is the Chair of the Tiverton Portas Town Team.


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.

Mary Portas visits Bristol: full report

The retail expert Mary Portas has been in the Bedminster area of Bristol today to see how her scheme has helped revive the local economy.

Last year it was chosen as a so-called "Portas Pilot" ahead of hundreds of other places.

The aim of the project was to breathe new life into ailing High Streets.

Nine months on, what effect has she had?

Bob Constantine has been finding out:


Tavistock wins £10,000 grant for improvements

Tavistock town centre is to receive a £10,000 Government grant. The town will benefit from the investment after narrowly missing out in the competition to become a "Mary Portas Pilot", where the retail guru would have helped rejuvenate the main shopping area.

Mary Portas pioneered a scheme to bring town centres to life Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

The money will be used for some of the projects proposed in the original Portas Pilot bid.

Falmouth sets example for High Street success

MPs and retail experts will be told today how they can learn from the success of Falmouth in reviving high street shops.

Town centre manager Richard Gates is among speakers at a conference in London about ways of creating prosperous and diverse communities. The town was singled out for praise in the recent review by Mary Portas.

The town was singled out for praise in the recent review by Mary Portas. Credit: ITV Westcountry