Barnoldswick tops in national competition

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Barnoldswick is top of the shops ... and that’s official!

The West Craven town was today named as one of seven winners of a national competition launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrating the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop.

The winners were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits.

The judges named Barnoldswick as the top local centre and attributed its success to the outstanding collaboration between local partners, coupled with a huge sense of community pride.

They highlighted the use of the market space for multiple events including Bands on the Square, a free three-day live music festival of local talent.

The area’s economy is now benefiting from additional footfall, and vacancy rates have been substantially reduced.

David Whipp, co-chairman of Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group said: “We are absolutely delighted at the success of Barnoldswick in this national competition.

“The real reward is in the vibrancy and vitality of our town centre, but to receive national recognition is the icing on the cake.

“We have had a huge team of volunteers working tirelessly to make Barnoldswick such a great place.

“They have put on some brilliant events and everyone has joined in, including some talented local musicians.

“The relationship between the traders, residents and volunteers has been fantastic with everyone pulling together to create a very special high street.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Britain’s High Streets have a long and proud history – and a special place at the heart of many communities.

“This competition celebrates the excellent work that is reinvigorating many of our High Streets and highlights ideas that other places can use.

“High Streets are an important part of our long-term economic plan to help communities reach their full potential, create new opportunities and secure a brighter future for people across Britain. “Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition.”