Pontefract shone brightly yesterday for its entry into the Great British High Street Awards!

Yesterday Pontefract saw the Teams from the the Great British High Street Awards, Wakefield Council and Wakefield First out in force! The Sun shone brightly over the town centre showcasing all in their very best light.

The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards 2018, which is 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.

Cllr David Jones said " Pontefract has the best of past and present and this award entry reinforces how important it is to continue to attract the people and showcase the towns wonderful Archtecture and its great shopping experience."

The high street is the life and soul of communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and whether urban, market town or village, all can highlight their achievements by entering the GBHS Awards to be named the UK’s best high street. The Awards will also celebrate those individual businesses and people who are playing a leading role in making our high streets special.

Cllr Celia Loughran said "I'm delighted that we are taking part, Pontefract has a lot of vibrant businesses making a huge contribution not only to the town but to the district.''

Helen Whitehead, a new face for business in Pontefract said "The town is up and coming and has everything people need in a friendly and happy environment" Helen relaunched Mauds Cafe opening with a bang at Pontefracts famous Liqourice festival. Supported by her partner a local property developer, Helen has bought in a fresh and friendly team, offering a wide range of high quality produce in a chic setting. Mauds Cafe welcomes all with Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Cllr Clive Tennant expressed his delight at Pontefracts involvement as the towns regeneration projects have meant that the town really does have the WOW factor!

The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards are an exciting opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the leading examples of the ways in which high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

High streets are eligible to win up to £10,000 for their local community, plus the opportunity for their local businesses and consumers to participate in a Visa GBHS Spend & Win Competition, which rewards the people that make our high streets so special. Click here for further information.

Winners will be named in each of the four UK nations – England, Scotland, Wales and, for the first time, Northern Ireland – across two categories: Champion High Street and Rising Star High Street. The Champion High Street category will recognise the nation's best high streets whilst the Rising Star High Street category, sponsored by SumUp, will recognise the nation's most ambitious high streets, which are taking the lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify.

An overall High Street of the Year in Great Britain and Northern Ireland will also be named.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony in London in November celebrating the high streets that are succeeding and influencing change.

In addition Visa GBHS Street Teams will be visiting randomly selected high streets during the Awards to promote entered high streets and surprise and delight local businesses and consumers with activities and giveaways. To be eligible, make sure you submit your application as soon as possible.

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