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Leamington Old Town Business Association Confirmed as Mary Portas Pilot Winners

Leamington Spa’s Old Town Residents and Local Business have been successful in their application for the Portas Pilot status. The application was led by Jeremy Ireland (Old Town Resident), Helen Wild (Old Town Business Association Secretary and local businesswoman).  The application’s success will result in £100,000 of government money being put into the Team’s projects, along with additional funding from local businesses and the Town Council, Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council.

The official video for the Leamington Old Town bid for Mary Portas funding.

Projects will focus on helping new and innovative businesses in the Old Town area, improving the local facilities and turning around the negative perceptions of the area and replacing it with a celebration of the unique mix of independent businesses.

Councillor Michael Doody, Leader of Warwick District Council said,
"I am delighted with the application’s success. The District Council is wholly supportive of the initiative and is immensely proud to have helped with the application. Furthermore, we are very excited to support with the ongoing projects and assisting the Team wherever possible."

The application’s strength has been the close relationship between businesses and residents, a powerful combination recognised by the Portas judges and one which the Old Town can be proud of.

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