London Borough of Barnet

Edgware Town Centre given a £10,000 boost from Mary Portas Review

Published Thursday 25 October 2012

Edgware Town Centre has been awarded £10,000 as part of the government’s Mary Portas Review, helping to inject new life into shopping parades across the country.

The area was one of more than 300 ‘Town Team Partners’ nationwide which will benefit, Business Minister Mark Prisk announced earlier this week.

The move comes in the wake of a review by TV retail guru Mary Portas which came up with proposals aimed at turning around the fortunes of the UK's high streets, struggling in the face of growing competition from the internet and out-of-town sites.

Mr Prisk said the extra help would allow Edgware traders to try out new ideas on their high street, and make the area more attractive and competitive.

The Town Team is made up of local businesses and community stakeholders who have come together to address the key issues faced by businesses and to revive Edgware Station Road's prosperity and the wellbeing of its diverse communities.

The Town Team is working with Barnet Council and the local Police to counteract challenges faced by Edgware, including crime, parking and the future development plans for the area.

This will include developing a plan of action for Station Road which will include a series of community events to generate interest, excitement and buy-in within the local community to make Edgware a vibrant thriving destination for visitors.

Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council said:

“This is welcome news, which will help give Edgware Town Centre a real boost and will allow the Town Team Partners to showcase the wonderful variety of businesses on offer in the run-up to Christmas.

“Edgware is a vibrant shopping area and this cash will help to promote and enhance public perception of this important high street.”

The £10,000 grant comes with a package of support from the Association of Town Centre Management who are offering their expertise to promote shared learning and best practice with the help of retail experts and other town teams from across the country.

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