More Portas Pilots revealed

Further 15 locations named as British Retail Consortium unveils support package for successful bidders.
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Another wave of 'Portas Pilots' have been named as part of the process of reviving British High Streets.

All 27 successful bidders are also being offered a package of practical support by the British Retail Consortium.

Back in February, the Government announced the £1.2 million funding pot to enable 12 towns to try out for some of the key recommendations from the Mary Portas Review into High Streets.

The extra 15 new locations include Ashford, Braintree, Liverpool (Lodge Lane), Morecombe and Tiverton.

The BRC is offering both existing and new Pilots a free package of benefits for the initial 12-month period of their existence. This includes access to the BRC's suite of retail-sector performance statistics and intelligence on their local High Streets.

"The Pilots are a good start towards meaningful action which could help town centres turn their fortunes around," said Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC. "Announcing more Pilots will provide a wider platform of support for regeneration across England and we want to back that by pledging our own package of practical help to them at no cost."

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