Funding win for BID group

Niall Armstrong of Boston BID in Strait Bargate, Boston.
Niall Armstrong of Boston BID in Strait Bargate, Boston.

Boston town centre is set to benefit from a £10,000 funding boost – after officials successfully applied to become a town team partner.

The town’s business improvement district (BID) will receive the money as part of a Government scheme supporting town centres around the UK.

It follows on from BID’s failed application to take part in an initiative to win £100,000 to improve the local economy along with advice from high street guru Mary Portas.

Niall Armstrong, manager of Boston BID, told The Standard: “It was disappointing that we didn’t manage to become a pilot town, but we have managed to get something out of the Portas project.

“This allows us to implement part of the project we put forward.”

In its original bid, the group planned to use the Portas money to put together a guide to the town using mobile phone technology.

The idea was to create an app which could act as a guide to historic places while also using GPS technology to allow people to find local businesses catering for their needs while out and about in the town centre.

Plans were also put forward to improve signage around the town and look for volunteer guides who could show visitors around the historic sights in the area.

Mr Armstrong said he did not know yet which part of the original plan would now go forward as a result of this funding, but suggested that work could be done on the mobile app.

The scheme also means BID will be able to access an advice line and a network of special advisers and will be eligible to attend regular meetings with other town teams to share tips and information.

He added: “This flags us as a town that is interested in looking at these schemes.

“It should also open up more funding opportunities.”

Boston is one of 326 towns around the UK which have been named as town team partners.

Boston MP Mark Simmonds has signed a pledge to support the town team partner scheme in the area.

Skegness and Alford have also been successful.