Rotherham town revival on ministerial visit

Rotherham High Street in 2011 before the town was awarded Government cash to revive the town centre
Rotherham High Street in 2011 before the town was awarded Government cash to revive the town centre
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ROTHERHAM’S entrepreneurial spirit and ‘wonderful’ customer service were showcased on a national scale when a Government minister visited the town to find out how £100,000 is being spent.

Local Growth Minister, Mark Prisk, was shown what is being done with the £100,000 of Government ‘Portas Pilot’ money awarded last year.

Following a visit by shopping guru Mary Portas in 2011, Rotherham became one of 27 Portas Pilot towns to introduce further ways to provide financial, management and business support to town centre businesses.

The aim is to give shoppers more reasons to shop locally.

Leader of the council, Coun Roger Stone, said: “Rotherham has been a beacon of business growth for the past few years, something Mary Portas herself noted when she visited us in 2011.

“We’ve been using the money from the Portas Pilot grant in fantastic, innovative ways, to encourage entrepreneurial spirit, something noted by Mark Prisk.

“He toured the town centre and visited many of our business success stories, echoing many of the sentiments which Mary expressed when she was here.

“We have wonderful customer service, a fantastic entrepreneurial attitude and a genuine desire to supply original business ideas for our customers.

“We have seen great progress in Rotherham despite challenging economic times and I’m proud to say that we have a town centre full of wonderful shopping offers, innovative ideas and customer service which is second to none.

“I’m happy to announce that Mark saw all this during his visit and was thrilled at how Rotherham is progressing.”