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Colwyn Bay represents Wales in Great British High Street awards

21st October 2014

Categories: News

Colwyn Bay is the only town in Wales to make it onto the shortlist for the UK Government’s Great British High Street Awards.

The North Wales town is in the running in the coastal category, alongside Blyth in Northumberland and Folkestone in Kent.

The high street is seen as a model of regeneration and Colwyn Bay has certainly undergone extensive regeneration in the past two years. Footfall in the town has soared by 30 per cent since 2012, with 52 new shops opening and 22 businesses have expanded or been refurbished.

Property consultant Richard Baddeley, a member of the local “town team”, praised the growth of independent stores in the high street.

He said: “There’s huge growth in people wanting to be self-employed. The town centre appears to be busier than it has been for some time.”

The competition’s organisers describe Colwyn Bay as a “thriving coastal town”.

Winners will share £50,000 in prize money and receive dedicated support and the help of expert mentors; this could include one-to-one coaching, advice on creating business plans and workshops on digital marketing.

Penny Mordaunt, the UK Government’s high streets minister, said: “There is a real sense of momentum behind our high streets and I’m determined that the hard work of people who have strived to make their high streets great places to work, shop and live is not only recognised but shared with others so they too can learn valuable tips for success.

“We have seen a lot of enthusiasm for this competition and I’ve heard first hand on my tour on high streets around the country how proud people are of their streets and the value they place on them as an essential part of their community.”

The contest is run by the Future High Street Forum which received entries from across the UK. Its members include senior executives at companies such as John Lewis, Costa Coffee, Argos and McDonald’s, as well as representatives of local government and trade organisations.

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