Holywell Shortlisted for Great British High Street Awards!

HOLYWELL HIGH STREET IN RUNNING TO WIN £15,000 GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET PRIZE

• Holywell High Street in Flintshire has been shortlisted in the Champion category of the Great British High Street Awards 2018;
• The Champion category celebrates and showcases the best high streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
• Winners of Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa, will be announced on 15 November 2018.

Holywell, 17th September – HOLYWELL HIGH STREET in Flintshire has been shortlisted in this year’s Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa, putting it in the running to win a £15,000 prize.

Holywell High Street has been shortlisted in the Champion category of the Awards, which aims to find the UK’s best high street. After a rigorous selection process, Holywell High Street was chosen by an independent judging panel as one of 26 streets to be shortlisted for the award.

The shortlisted high streets will now battle it out in a public vote, which accounts for 30 per cent of the final scoring, and will then have the chance to impress an expert judging panel as they seek to be crowned Britain’s best. Those interested in participating in the public vote can visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk for more information.

The winning entries for both the Champion and Rising Star categories will be announced on 15 November 2018 at an awards ceremony in London.

The bid by Holywell Town Council followed research commissioned by Visa, sponsor of the 2018 Great British High Street Awards, which revealed promising signs of renewed confidence in the country’s high streets despite a challenging retail environment.

In fact, Visa found that more than half of the nation’s independent high street retailers interviewed are optimistic about the future of their local high street, whilst four out of five shoppers would miss their local high street if it was no longer there.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: “I’d like to extend my congratulations to Holywell High Street for being shortlisted as one of the UK’s best high streets in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The calibre of entries has been extraordinary, with each showing the passion, innovation and technological advancement needed to meet the challenges faced by independent high street retailers today.

“We’ll now embark on a six-week tour of the UK, visiting each of the shortlisted high streets before making our final decisions. This is a real opportunity for local shopkeepers and the public to show us how much they value their high streets – and importantly, the steps they have taken to drive footfall.”

Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK & Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, added: “Holywell High Street is a fantastic example of a high street which has made huge strides in transforming itself to offer a range of different experiences for locals and visitors alike. In particular, its entry highlighted the distribution of card readers to all local merchants, helping them to offer alternative payment options for their customers.”

“Our research shows that now consumers demand a great deal from their high streets, so it is no surprise that Holywell High Street has made the Champion category shortlist for its adaptability, resilience and creativity in meeting these demands.”

The Great British High Street Awards 2018, which are being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and supporting the communities in which we live and work.

The initiative includes a competition to find the nation’s best high streets, with one winner being named in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for each of the two categories: the Champion and Rising Star Awards. An overall winner will also be named.

In 2016, Blackburn in Lancashire was crowned the Great British High Street winner thanks to the determination of the community and local businesses who worked in partnership to drive improvements and overcome the challenges their high street was facing.

For more information about the Great British High Street Awards 2018 terms and conditions and details on how to vote, visit: http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk

David Hanson MP, commenting on news that Holywell has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street Awards:

“Holywell businesses, residents and council have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to turn around the fortunes of the town. They haven’t simply stood idly by and watched as the banks left town.

“The Great British High Street Awards is a prestigious award and I am delighted that Holywell has been shortlisted. This is no small feat.

“I was delighted when we secured the investment and support from Square in turning Holywell into the first Digital High Street in Wales. It really shows that by working with new technology, not against it, we can harness its positive powers and move our town forward. I wish Holywell all the best in the next round of the Great British Street Awards and look forward to hearing the positive news about the town keep rolling in.”

Twin town representatives from St. Gregoire visit Holywell

On Monday 17th September our French friends from our twin town St. Gregoire visited the Chambers to receive a gift crafted by Gordon Barnabus BEM of the Carmel & Holywell Woodcraft Association. Those present on the twinning side were: Madeleine and Bernard Mainguy, Alain LeHagre, Helene and Jean Paul C’reach. British contingents were Paulene and Les Ellis, Terry and Birgitta Ireland, Gron and Nesta Ellis. Deputy Mayor Paul Johnson did a fantastic job of presenting the gift to commemorate the 16 year partnership in both French and English!

Carved Statue gifted to the town of Holywell

Gordon Barnabus BEM from the Carmel and Holywell Woodcraft Association recently very kindly gifted Holywell this fantastic carved wood interpretation of the Holywell statue. This carving is currently on display in the Council Chambers but it is hoped that it will be placed in a community building in the town centre in the near future and enjoyed by many. Thank you Gordon.

Wales in Bloom 2018 – Holywell wins silver award

Councillors Susan and Joe Johnson receiving Holywell’s Wales in Bloom Silver Award in Colwyn Bay on 14th September. Big thanks go to the schools, the businesses and the resident’s of Panton Place for their involvement this year.

Holywell Town Council Youth Council reprensentatives required

Holywell businesses and Councillors featured on Radio 4’s Moneybox Saturday 8th September 2018

In case anyone missed the broadcast, click the link to hear the people of Holywell on Radio 4’s Moneybox last Saturday!

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Well Inn Festival 2018

Another successful event by Holywell Town Council – The Well Inn Festival took place on Saturday 1st September at a number of venues throughout the town centre. Crowds came to see Pure Presley and The Cavernites along with local group Pepe le Moko.

Mayor’s Civic Service – Holy Trinity Church, 2nd September 2018

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The Mayor’s civic service was held on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield and was attended by many local dignitaries and residents. Cambria Band were kind enough to perform for the town council and the Mayor’s Consort, Richard Dolphin, Lord Barry Jones and David Hanson MP all read during the sermon. Thanks go also to Chris Noble for the photography on the day.

Great British High Street Awards visit Holywell 7th September 2018

The Great British High Street customer competition launched today through to 4th November. Customers have a chance of winning £100 when they text a photo of their receipt to the number on the cards displayed in the participating shops. Shops also have the chance to win £250! Get sharing!

Keep an eye out today for the Great British High Street Awards team in Holywell today. They will be visiting and speaking to Russ Warburton – chair of the Business Group. Stay posted for news of the shortlisted towns.

Holywell entered into Great British High Street awards 2018

Great news! Holywell Town Council has entered Holywell into the Great British High Street Awards. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by September 10th – fingers crossed!

Also, look out for posters in the high street coming soon detailing how you can win yourself £100 just by using your VISA card.