BIDEFORD will soon be able to enjoy a new website geared just towards retail and more events and enhanced shop fronts on Jubilee Square thanks to the £10,000 given to town from the Mary Portas pilot project.
Bideford was awarded the fund in May as part of the Mary Portas Pilot Town project having not been successful last year in the bid to become a pilot town and receive £100,000 to rejuvenate the town centre to help economic regeneration.
Bideford Chamber of Commerce took on deciding where the £10,000 would be used in the town and have now the revealed what their plan is.
Paul Phipps, the president of the chamber, said: “It has been a joint project between the chamber and North Devon + to design a website for retail in the town.
“We have put £3,000 towards building that and we hope it will give businesses a boost because they will have that generic forum.
“The website is due to go live on October 1.
“We have then decided to spend £5,000 on increasing events on Jubilee Square and growing the footfall on that area.
“We have already ensured the space was used by groups on regatta day and carnival day. The farmer’s market will also be based there on the square from September 14.
“We are also hoping to get stalls on there from the pannier market to encourage shoppers to go up to the market.
“The final £2,000 we want spent on brightening the shop fronts up on Jubilee Square, we want to see photos of Bideford filling the windows to further promote the town and make the square look prettier.”
Bideford town councillor Peter Christie submitted the original bids for the 100,000.
He said: "I am all in favour of it, certainly of bringing Jubilee Square more into it use.
"It has been a great success since it was re-paved, if we can extend the usage of it that can only be good.
"I will withhold judgement on the website until it is up and running."