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Dates: Future Town Team Meetings

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Newport Town Team Business Meeting

An invitation to all Newport Traders, Businesses and associates to attend your town team's AGM (approx. 30 minutes) followed by the monthly business meeting this coming Tuesday. 6.15pm Tuesday 1st March 2016.

Once the formalities of the AGM are concluded the business meeting will focus on priorities for spending the Pride in Your High Street funding (see Newsletter edition 26), and on ensuring delivery of projects within the agreed timescale. If anyone wants a copy of the PiYHSt bid summary please let me know and I will send to you.

Venue: Paul Quinn at The Phez has kindly agreed to host the meeting 'free of charge' in a room at the back of the pub (thanks Quinney).

Mike Atherton - Town Team Manager (Tel: 07581 454882)

Newport Shropshire's Town Team

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Newport’s 'Town Team' was formed in February 2013 by a group of active traders / businesses to help improve the viability and vitality of our traditional market town – sustaining what we have and improving for the future. The concept of town teams came from a national review carried out by Mary Portas in 2011 into the state of Britain’s high streets. Portas’ report (Dec 2011) recommended formation of town teams to help town centres like Newport’s to evolve to meet changing social and retail trends.

Newport’s town team is led by five local business leaders and supported by around 30 active businesses including independents, regionals & nationals including our two leading town centre based supermarkets (Waitrose & Cooperative).

The town team’s primary objectives are to:-
• actively market Newport as a retail, social and tourism destination and to promote its wider offer;
• provide regular and effective communications with and between local businesses;
• encourage business to business support using local knowledge and experience to help support and sustain existing and new businesses;
• ensure regular maintenance of the physical environment and to promote improvements to our heritage buildings for the benefit of local people, shoppers and visitors;
• ensure good governance.

The first year of operation has focused on establishing Newport’s town team. We now have in place a constitution, business plan, medium-term financial plan, monitoring of empty shops, a trader data-base, and have carried out a national (AMT) benchmarking exercise to aid progress monitoring.

Year 2 will continue to develop the day-time economy through events, marketing & promotions and more shop local initiatives. A markets sub-group has plans to improve the markets offer. A new Heritage & Visitor Economy Partnership are driving forward ideas to improve footfall through improved access to Newport’s rich heritage. There are lots more planned so keep your eyes open and let us know what you think by emailing: newportshropstownteam@hotmail.co.uk

Town Team News & Events

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Newport Town Team schedule of Events for 2014-15:

Events Schedule (PDF)

Newport Celebrates Independents' Day on July 6th 2013. Join us in Newport when we celebrate all our fabulous local independent retailers. It's a day to Shop, Explore and Have Fun.

Read Full Details (PDF)

Once upon a time, in a busy little town called Bustlington, there was a very busy man called Mr Busy. Every day he opened his busy little shop...

Read Full Details (PDF)

Newport First Impressions Survey

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When Newport’s town team was formed in February 2013 much of its early direction was determined by findings from the Portas Report (Dec 2011) about how to improve the state of Britain’s high streets. The Newport {Shropshire} Business Survey (Autumn 2011) provided useful local data (Survey 1) however just 2 local businesses responded to the survey leaving questions about its statistical significance.

In January 2013 the shadow town team commissioned the Waitrose Partner Volunteer Scheme to carry out a survey of Newport and its surroundings using a nationally recognised ‘First Impressions’ survey methodology. Findings from this survey (Survey 2) helped shape priorities in the town team’s first business plan.

During Independent’s Day celebrations during July 2013 the town team took the opportunity to run a Postcode Lottery competition which provided useful feedback from shoppers and visitors to Newport. Analysis of data & summary findings is presented in Survey 3.

Perhaps the most significant survey to date was carried out during October and November 2013 using the nationally recognised Action for Market Towns benchmarking tool-kit. This involved surveys across 12 key performance indicators. Data was submitted to AMT in December 2013 and a full comparative report is expected in April 2014.

However, having carried out all of the detailed survey work the town team manager has prepared an interim report of findings (Survey 4). This survey represents the most comprehensive town centre focused survey ever carried out for Newport allowing year-on-year comparisons and contrasts with other similar market towns.

Separately, Newport Town Council commissioned a 'Town Plan' survey of residents and businesses.With over 1,600 responses this is a key document to be referenced when shaping aspects of Newport’s future. At 23rd March 2014 findings from the survey were not publicly available although they are anticipated very shortly.

Agendas, Minutes & eBulletins

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» March 2016 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda AGM(PDF) | Agenda Business(PDF) | Minutes(PDF)

» November 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda(PDF)

» September 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Minutes(PDF)

» July 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Minutes(PDF) | Agenda(PDF)

» May 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Minutes(PDF)

» April 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Minutes(PDF)

» March 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Minutes(PDF)

» January 2015 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Minutes(PDF)

» November 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda Business(PDF)

» September 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda(PDF) | Business Minutes(PDF)

» May 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda Business(PDF)

» April 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda Business(PDF) | Agenda AGM(PDF) | eBulletin(PDF)
Minutes(PDF) | Markets (PDF)

» March 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda(PDF) | Minutes(PDF)

» February 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Agenda(PDF) | Minutes(PDF) | Workshop(PDF)

» 14 January 2014 - The following file(s) are available for download:
Workshop(PDF)

Town Team Newsletters

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» Read the September 2016 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the June 2016 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the March 2016 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the February 2016 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the January 2016 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the December 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the September 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the August 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the July 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the June 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the April 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the March 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the February 2015 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the December 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the November 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the September 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the June 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the April 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the March 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the February 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

» Read the January 2014 Edition of NEWPORTFIRST newsletter.

Newport Town Team & Associated Links

  • Join Newport Town Team
    » Email the Team
  • If you wish to join Newport's Town Team, or should you have any issues that you wish to raise with us then please email details using the email link above.
  • Newport Town Council
    » Visit the Website
  • Newport Town Council consists of 12 Councillors with a range of diverse backgrounds, experience and political persuasions bringing a variety of experience and views.
  • Newport Chamber of Commerce
    » Visit the Website
  • Newport's Chamber is there to help local business grow and address any business issues or concerns you may have. It also acts to promote Newport as a thriving town.

Newport Parish

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Where is Newport?

Looking to visit Newport? Not sure where to find Free Parking? Download our Newport Street Map with town centre parking included. For an interactive map try our Visitor Experience section.