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Enfield bids for market town funding

Published Friday, 30 March 2012

Enfield is bidding for a slice of a £1 million pot which aims to breathe new life into Britain's high streets.


The Enfield Town Business Association has worked with the Council to prepare an application to secure "Portas Pilot" status for Enfield Town Centre.

If successful, the bid would secure £100,000 from a Government fund set up to help trial a number of initiatives put forward by retail guru Mary Portas.

The fundamental aim is to encourage more people to visit Enfield Town Centre by promoting it as a safe, attractive and thriving shop location.

Projects to be funded if the bid is successful would include:

                * Providing retail job opportunities for young people

                *   Re-Invigorating the historic Market

                *   Creating "Pop-up shops" - short-term exhibition space/art galleries for vacant shops

                *   Encouraging the major retailers to extend their current activities, for example in the provision of            mentorship to local independent retailers

                *   Providing a comprehensive programme of regular street entertainment

                *   Developing a cultural quarter and  sponsoring performances, recitals, readings and exhibitions in a  range of venues including  cafes, pubs, restaurants and open air arenas.

The bid will be submitted on 30 March, and the 12 winners will be announced in May.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "Enfield has a rich history as a market town, and we are very proud of our town centre, but even before last year's riots it was becoming increasingly apparent that we needed to give the area a boost. This bid aims to revitalise the area completely.

"The projects we have identified would really boost Enfield Town centre's revival, bring new businesses, attract new visitors and help retailers grow across the town centre as they develop."

The project, if successful, will be match funded by Enfield Council and businesses.



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