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Rawtenstall regroups after 'Portas town' disappointment
10:00am Thursday 31st May 2012 in Business
RAWTENSTALL’S bid to be a Portas Pilot town may have been unsuccessful, but campaigners are still optimistic about the town centre’s future.
Nelson was awarded £100,000 by the government’s High Street Innovation Fund announcement last week, the only Lancashire town to benefit.
But a second round of grants are due to be issued in July, and the Rawtenstall Town Team are loooking to tweak their their bid before the June 30 deadline.
Funding is to be used to support rate discounts for new start-up businesses taking on empty properties.
June Worsley, chair of Rossendale Revivial, said the scheme had been a catalyst for Rawtenstall businesses despite so far failing to secure money.