Nelson business community benefits from 'Portas town' status

SEVEN new business have opened in Pendle since the town became one of 12 Mary Portas pilot towns in the summer.

Pendle Council set up a town team to attract new businesses and shoppers to the area following the announcement.

Becoming one of the Portas pilot towns meant a £100,000 funding boost to the town centre, and advice from the Queen of shops Mary Portas.

Coun Paul White, executive member for economic development, enterprise and growth, said: “Since the Portas Pilot work began in Nelson, seven new businesses have opened up in the town centre.

“We’ve been able to support these businesses with practical advice, as well as business start-up grants or premises improvement grants courtesy of Nelson Area Committee.

“There’s been lots of other successful activity too, including Nelson’s first art and vintage market and interest in empty shop units.

“All of this is helping to drive economic regeneration and breathe new life into the town, exactly what the Portas Pilot is all about.”

The new shops include an electronic cigarettes retailer, a chippy, a hairdressers, a cafe, a grocers and a shop selling winter shakes and hot drinks.

The council’s town team has been talking to businesses interested in temporarily using currently empty shops.

Discussions are currently ongoing between the council and legal representatives regarding a short term let on a Scotland Road property.

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12:31pm Sat 8 Dec 12

darwenTower says...

Nice.
But can someone tell me why this couldn't have been achieved without a 'celeb' sticking their oar in?
Nice. But can someone tell me why this couldn't have been achieved without a 'celeb' sticking their oar in? darwenTower

2:53pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Izanears says...

The new shops include an electronic cigarettes retailer, a chippy, a hairdressers, a cafe, a grocers and a shop selling winter shakes and hot drinks.

I'll give the electronic ciggy 6 moths. Not sure where the chippy and the grocers are s so can't comment. The winter shakes should do reasonably well because it is the centre and if the cafe is the one in Pendle Rise then if it gets its act in order it might have a chance.
The new shops include an electronic cigarettes retailer, a chippy, a hairdressers, a cafe, a grocers and a shop selling winter shakes and hot drinks. I'll give the electronic ciggy 6 moths. Not sure where the chippy and the grocers are s so can't comment. The winter shakes should do reasonably well because it is the centre and if the cafe is the one in Pendle Rise then if it gets its act in order it might have a chance. Izanears

3:33pm Sat 8 Dec 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

its strange how the chippy application was repeatedly turned down when the previous owner kept applying for planning permission,so its got nothing to do with portas and the other earth shattering enterprises wll have Nelson streets paved with gold in no time,,lol
its strange how the chippy application was repeatedly turned down when the previous owner kept applying for planning permission,so its got nothing to do with portas and the other earth shattering enterprises wll have Nelson streets paved with gold in no time,,lol ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

3:33pm Sat 8 Dec 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

its strange how the chippy application was repeatedly turned down when the previous owner kept applying for planning permission,so its got nothing to do with portas and the other earth shattering enterprises wll have Nelson streets paved with gold in no time,,lol
its strange how the chippy application was repeatedly turned down when the previous owner kept applying for planning permission,so its got nothing to do with portas and the other earth shattering enterprises wll have Nelson streets paved with gold in no time,,lol ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

7:42pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Rimbus says...

How many of those businesses would have opened in Pendle anyway since last Summer even without the Portas intervention? How many business have closed in Pendle since last Summer?
How many of those businesses would have opened in Pendle anyway since last Summer even without the Portas intervention? How many business have closed in Pendle since last Summer? Rimbus

12:58pm Thu 13 Dec 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Rimbus wrote:
How many of those businesses would have opened in Pendle anyway since last Summer even without the Portas intervention? How many business have closed in Pendle since last Summer?
Not convinced that question will be answered so quickly
[quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: How many of those businesses would have opened in Pendle anyway since last Summer even without the Portas intervention? How many business have closed in Pendle since last Summer?[/p][/quote]Not convinced that question will be answered so quickly HecticBigBoy

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