18th Feb, 2019

Bromsgrove launches bid to become Great British High Street of the Year

TRADERS in Bromsgrove town centre are joining forces to enter the prestigious Great British High Street competition.

Work to enter the 2018 competition began a couple of months ago after Bromsgrove District Council’s centres manager Cheryl Walsh approached local businesses to gauge interest and it was agreed to put in a bid.

Cheryl said: “We have a lot of independent traders who, in the last couple of years, have chosen Bromsgrove to be their place to do business.

“They are proud of our High Street, and we should be too, so let’s boast about how Bromsgrove is better than ever.”

The application will include a short film, showcasing the sights of High Street and Worcester Road, depicting the town’s eclectic mix of independent and big name businesses.

George Bayley, who opened bottle and beer shop Bayley’s in Worcester Road last year, said:

“Bromsgrove has such a nice vibe and I am love how all the traders support each other and work together to create a great customer and visitor experience.”

Mark Tanner, director of Phoenix Carpets and Flooring, also in Worcester Road, added: “We have been a town centre business since 1999 and can confirm that the High Street and Worcester Road, has changed for the better.”

And Lorita Cornish, who owns Decanter Spirit in High Street, said: “Bromsgrove independents are thriving in the town centre with a boom of new businesses opening recently.

“We are all working hard together to make sure Bromsgrove only gets better.”

The application will be submitted by the end of the month and if shortlisted Bromsgrove will go up against competitors in a public vote.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Karen May, added: “I am delighted to support this application and our traders who, supported by this council, are continuing to create a Better Bromsgrove for everyone to enjoy.”

The bid has also been backed by Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid who said: “Our local high street is a great example of how creativity, hard work and support for local businesses allows regional economies to flourish.

“Bromsgrove Town Centre sets the gold standard for other towns and cities.”

The 26 shortlisted entries in the Champion High Street category and 12 Rising Stars will be announced in October and go through to a public vote.

They will also be visited by a judging panel made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business.

Britain’s best high street will be announced in November with the winner receiving a £10,000 cash prize for a local community project.

Winners from each of the remaining nations will receive a £5,000 contribution to a street party or community project.

How can you help?

TO HELP with Bromsgrove’s bid to be named the Great British High Street of the year the council wants you to show your support and let it know which businesses you love to shop or spend time at.

People can send selfies at the different venues, photograph products or shop fronts and put together a few words to let the authority know what you love about your chosen businesses and shops or what you like and the town centre as a whole.

Email cheryl.welsh@nwedr.org.uk with your pictures and tributes or post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #bromsgroveisbest or #bromsgroveGBHS


The Standard says……

BROMSGROVE town centre has been somewhat slammed over the years, not least on this letters page.

But over the past 12 months even the most critical would admit change does seem to be afoot and there is now a good mix of local shops, independents and big nationals.

This week a bid, spearheaded by the district council and backed by MP Sajid Javid, was launched for Bromsgrove to be named ‘Great British High Street of the Year’.

Residents need to back this bid, post on social media and help ensure #bromsgroveisbest

Winning will bring even more activities to our ever improving town centre.

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