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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Llan goes for gold in Great British High Street competition

Llangollen is in the running to win up to £10,000 in prize money as part of the search for Britain’s best high streets.

Although there is still a month to go until applications close, the town is one of the first areas off the starting block to challenge for honours in the small market town category.

Now in its third year, the competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets and is an opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the very best.

Last year’s competition saw a record-breaking 230 entries and attracted over 200,000 public votes, with Bishy Road in York, a former finalist, crowned Britain’s best.

Entries from the Wales were strong, with Prestatyn shortlisted to go through to 2015’s public vote for the coastal community category.

Welsh Assembly Member and Minister for Infrastructure, Ken Skates, is supporting Llangollen’s entry for the Great British High streets competition 2016.

He said: “Powering the retail sector and supporting thousands of jobs, high streets are a vital part of the fabric of Britain.

“That’s why I want to celebrate the hard work being done across Wales and support Llangollen’s application.

“I’m confident that Llangollen should thrive in this competition and  the local community should seize the opportunity to win up to £10,000 for the high street.”

Michael Edwards from Keep Llangollen Special said: “As an inland tourist destination in an AONB and UNESCO World Heritage Site we have a vibrant High Street with many independent convenience stores.

“Fingers crossed our entry will be successful so Llangollen will get recognised as a great place to live, shop and work.”

New to 2016, the competition is also looking for individuals to win a ‘high street hero’ award.

With categories for store managers and employees from national or independent retailers to under 25s and market traders, high streets are able to enter the individuals who are making a difference to their local community.

Nominations for both places and individuals are now open across England, Wales and Scotland.

The top three shortlisted in each category will be announced in October. 

They will then go through to a public online vote and be visited by the Future High Streets Forum judging panel made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business.

The Great British High Street competition is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government and sponsored by Boots, the British Council of Shopping Centres, Ellandi, Holland and Barratt, Marks and Spencer, the Post Office and Wilko.

Details about the competition can be found at: www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk
 
The deadline for entries is Friday, September 9.

The public can support their local area on twitter by following @TheGBHighSt or using the hashtag #GBHighSt.

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