Town shortlisted for a high street cash award

A south east Northumberland town is set to battle it out after making it onto the shortlist for the Great British High Street Awards.

Blyth has been shortlisted alongside 20 other entries after taking a unique approach to attract footfall in the town centre.

The competition to find Britain’s best high streets is highlighting new and innovative ways to boost high streets and ideas that will be shared with others.

It is shining a light on hard working traders and communities and shows what can be done to help shopping streets evolve to be places where people want to shop, socialise and work.

Steve Bradley, chairman of Blyth Town Team, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this award.

“Our take on the Great British High Street is to galvanise the community as a whole and work with partners that can bring about positive change.

“With the right drive and a structure in place to encourage growth there’s no reason the town team can’t help focus the town centre, market and surrounding areas on being the place it deserves to be; but it needs the support of the local councils, businesses and the community and this highlights what can be done when all sing from the same hymn sheet. There is still a need for a community hub and Blyth’s heart is alive and beating loudly.

“To also be shortlisted for potential national high street support is beyond anything we could have imagined.”

The winners will win a share of £50,000 prize money and receive dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

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