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The competition has been fierce, with 371 brilliant individual bids, but the first twelve Portas Pilot Towns have now been chosen by Local Government Minister Grant Shapps.

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Greater Bedminster: Bedminster Town Team Website
__PUBLISHED: November 16, 2012

Visit the Greater Bedminster Town Team Website  http://www.bedminstertownteam.org/ or alternatively get live updates @ #BedminsterTT or contact one of team details on the main GB TT Website  

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Wolverhampton: Portas Project Shop 1st Birthday Celebrations
__PUBLISHED: July 28, 2014

A project that was set up as part of the High Street Innovation and Portas Pilot initiatives has celebrated its first year of trading. Shop in the Square has gone from being a pop-up shop to become a much loved part of the Queen Square landscape. Over 30 entrepreneur makers and artists from around the [...]

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Wolverhampton: Every Little Helps Wolverhampton Portas Project
__PUBLISHED: February 17, 2014

One of the UK’s largest retailers has pledged its support to a successful Portas Pilot initiative in Wolverhampton city centre. Tesco PLC is one of a number of large corporate companies prepared to support ‘Town Teams’ in improving footfall and the vitality of the high street.  They have generously donated £3000 towards the project. The [...]

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Wolverhampton: MP Visits Idea2Reality Portas Winners
__PUBLISHED: February 10, 2014

Paul Uppal Wolverhampton South West MP made a whistle stop tour of the city centre on Friday 31st January to show his support for each of the Portas Pilot Idea2Reality winners. Karolina Cummings and Kamilla Adamczyk of Kabanos Polish delicatessen told Paul that business was growing day by day due to word of mouth recommendations. [...]

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Wolverhampton: Bistro Cooks Up a Tasty Treat for Wolverhampton City Centre
__PUBLISHED: January 16, 2014

The final entrepreneur to benefit from Wolverhampton’s Portas Pilot scheme is serving up a treat in the city after unveiling his new restaurant. Richard Brown has opened The Hungry Bistro in Lichfield Street, offering a range of British and travel inspired dishes, coffees, wines and world beers.  Richard entered the Wolverhampton Portas Pilot Idea2Reality competition [...]

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Wolverhampton: Kabanos serves up a Polish treat
__PUBLISHED: December 9, 2013

One of Wolverhampton’s successful Portas Pilot enterprises has been given a civic seal of approval following its official opening. Councillor Mike Heap, Wolverhampton City Council’s Deputy Mayor, cut the ribbon to declare Kabanos, in Cleveland Street, open on Saturday 7th December.   The Polish delicatessen is run by Karolina Cummings and Kamilla Adamczyk and represents the [...]

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