TRADERS in Bromsgrove have joined forces and launched a bid to put the town centre on the map.
Representatives from the town’s shops and cafes have got together and are planning to enter the Great British High Street 2015 competition after finding out about it from Bromsgrove District Council.
At the inaugural meeting last week, which included bosses from Lorita’s Bakehouse, Boots, Munching Moles and Bromsgrove Cobbler, the Town Team agreed to enter the competition which could see them winning cash to invest in the High Street.
And the business owners and workers are hoping people from other businesses will join the Town Team to help take the project forward. The plan is to think of, and implement, ways of enhancing the High Street, such as brightening up empty shops in the town with displays, holding a traders’ day and holding a community clean-up.
Lorita Cornish, who runs Lorita’s Bakehouse in the High Street, has been appointed the chair of the group.
She said: “We have a wonderful High Street and we should be proud to shout about it.
“I hope more traders get on board so we can work together and make it even better.”
Bromsgrove District Councillor Rita Dent, whose portfolio covers the High Street and Regeneration, said: “As a council we wanted to kick this off and of course will be in the background to provide help where needed – but now it’s over to the traders and I look forward to seeing a Better Bromsgrove High Street.”
Traders wanting to get involved can find out more by going into Lorita’s Bakehouse to speak to Lorita or by speaking to Martin Connellan, the Bromsgrove Cobbler.
The deadline for entries for The Great British High Street 2015 is September 1 and the contest is decided by a public vote.
After all the entrants are in, a shortlist will be drawn up in mid-September, voting runs until the end of October and a winner will be announced after that.
Visit http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/ for more.
* THE STANDARD is backing the campaign for Bromsgrove to enter the Great British High Street competition and we want to hear what you think of the town centre. How would you enhance the High Street? What would you like to see there to improve it? E-mail your views to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to the address on our contact’s page.