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York submits its Portas Pilot bid

York city council

5:40pm 30th March 2012

York has today (30th March) submitted its bid to compete for a share of more than £1 million of funding, from government-backed ‘Portas Pilot’ scheme.

‘Made in York’, is the work of the York City Team, a collection of business representatives from various sectors across the city and City of York council.

Bidding for funding and advice from the retail guru Mary Portas herself, the entry identifies and provides a solution for two challenges currently facing York; a changing economy within the city centre and a lower than average rate of enterprise.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, explains:

“York has a rich history of enterprise and trade, however, current figures show that we’re below average for start-up businesses in the city and we have untapped potential office and retail space.

“Our bid provides a solution to this and the need for new ways to reinvigorate the centre in the face of market challenges, such as internet shopping.”

The bid asks for £90,000 over a period of two years and details plans to train 30 ‘market entrepreneurs’ across the city, by creating a pipeline of supported growth for businesses; from Newgate market to commercial premises in the city centre. 

If successful, the City Team will explore plans to roll the scheme out to marketplaces across the city, such as Micklegate and Acomb, with the potential to reinvigorate these areas as part of a wider markets and enterprise concept for the city.

To view the YouTube video which supports the York bid, please go to


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