Fall in 'Portas Pilot' town units

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Mary Portas
Mary Portas

Ten of the 12 Government-funded "Portas Pilot" towns have seen a fall in the number of occupied shop units, according to a report.

The towns were awarded a share of the £1.2 million High Street Innovation Fund, launched a year ago, as well as government support and access to retail guru Mary Portas following her review of the sector.