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Retail guru Mary Portas visits Nelson

Lancashire Telegraph: Retail guru Mary Portas Retail guru Mary Portas

SHOPPING guru Mary Portas is visiting Nelson for the first time today to see where her £100,000 has been spent.

The town was one of 12 in the UK to become a 'Portas Town', receiving funding and expertise to transform its high street.

Mary Portas, who found fame with her BBC show ‘Mary Queen of Shops’ was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron to find 12 Portas Pilots – which would receive the support of the government, Whitehall, and Mary herself, as well as a share of £1million.

Since receiving the funding council bosses have teamed up with Nelson and Colne College students to offer a new dimenson to the likes of Scotland Road, Manchester Road and Leeds Road.

An arts and vintage market was one of the centrepiece events last October and a flashmob descended on the Lancashire Day celebrations in November.

Further schemes like a student loyalty card and 20-foot high designs on the side of Pendle Rise shopping centre are also being trialled.

 

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9:36am Wed 30 Jan 13

paperboy70 says...

This initiative is an absolute joke. Mary Portas is a PR professional who is only really interested in promoting herself as some sort of 'retail guru' and the spin off benefits it brings to her business Portas. It's not rocket science and anyone who has any business and marketing sense can turn around their retail business if they understand the market they are trading in and ask their customers what they want. Being flexible and accept change is the key factor.
This initiative is an absolute joke. Mary Portas is a PR professional who is only really interested in promoting herself as some sort of 'retail guru' and the spin off benefits it brings to her business Portas. It's not rocket science and anyone who has any business and marketing sense can turn around their retail business if they understand the market they are trading in and ask their customers what they want. Being flexible and accept change is the key factor. paperboy70
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