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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.

Full report: First shop opens under Mary Portas scheme

Tomorrow is the official launch of the first shop in Tiverton to open under the so-called Portas Pilot scheme.

The town was awarded a hundred thousand pounds from the Mary Portas fund in July last year, but has been criticised for taking so long to show any results. So is this the start of a revitalised Tiverton? Bob Cruwys reports.


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