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Bearwood near Birmingham is bidding for £100,000 to regenerate its high street as part of a drive by retail guru and TV Presenter Mary Portas to help save struggling businesses.

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Small communities deserve high street boost, says Traders Association

Richard Marshall, Bearwood Traders Association.

"We've got lots of old traditional retailers that have been here for years and years so we are obviously doing something right. It's just the little bits around the edges we need to tighten up on.

I think the Midlands in general has lost out on lots of government funding over the years and I think small communities like this on the outskirts of big centres like Birmingham actually deserve to get noticed. I think we really deserve to get some money"

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