The work of the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) has been given a significant boost with the announcement that the area has been included in the Government’s new Town Team Partner Scheme. This means a new £10,000 injection and a package of support to help put local retailer’s ideas and plans in action.
Along with hundreds of other town centres Newquay BID entered the race for one of ten ‘Portas Pilots’ earlier this year however Liskeard was the only local winner. Unabated, BID manager Eve Wooldridge pressed forward with the follow-up process and the new funding and package of support is the result. The BID now plans to put the decision about how to spend the much-needed cash into the hands of Newquay retailers, via the organisations regular Retail Forums.
Eve says, “This is obviously excellent news for Newquay and for our high street where the £10,000 will be spent. Mark Prisk and his government department are also offering all Town Team Partners access to national retail experts, to events and to ‘crowdsourcing’ funding opportunities and the BID will be immediately following up on all of this and spreading the advice and insights to all our members via the our regular BID retail forums. In terms of decisions on the £10,000 and how this is spent, we’ll be opening up the floor at the next forum, on Tuesday 20th November, and asking all Newquay BID retailers how they think it can best be used. We have to work within the plans that we suggested for the original Portas Pilot application but there’s lots of great stuff within that and I know we can use this boost to make a real difference.”
Eve continued, “The BID would like to take this moment to thank our MP, Stephen Gilbert, for his backing and for his ongoing support for our continued efforts to improve and develop our vital local high street.”
Stephen Gilbert also welcomed the decision saying, “It’s great news that Newquay BID has been selected to receive this funding as part of the Government’s ‘Town Teams’ initiative. Newquay has come a long way over the last couple of years thanks to the joined up work of business, residents and public bodies in the town and I know that this funding will help us go further.”
Making the announcement, Mark Prisk, housing minister, said, “Becoming a Town Team Partner is our commitment that no town who applied to be a Portas Pilot will be left behind.”
Town Team Partners will receive £10,000 backing from a multi-million pound government support programme to help put key elements of their plans into action. They will also have access to a support package of shared learning and best practice with help from retail experts – through the Association of Town Centre Management – and an online community to receive advice and information
Councillor Geoff Brown, who has Newquay town centre within his ward, said, “This is great news for the town and yet further indication, if any were needed, that BID is working hard to enhance the environment and attractiveness of Newquay.
I look forward to continuing to work alongside BID to improve the town for everyone.”