Tamworth has been allocated a two-hour slot during which a member of the Future High Streets Forum judging panel will be taken on a tour through the town centre, meet businesses and learn more about the multi-million pound regeneration plans proposed by Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council.
Chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, Brigid Simmonds, has been tasked with finding out what Tamworth has to offer which she will feed back to other members on the expert panel. Their determination will account for 50 per cent of the overall result, with the online public vote making up the other half.
Tamworth has now slipped back from second into third place in the rankings in the ‘town centre’ category, behind both Rotherham and Altrincham, so there’s a lot of work to be done in the remaining weeks until voting closes on November 13.
Tamworth Borough Council Cabinet member for Economy, Cllr Steve Claymore, said, “The judges’ visit is a key part of the process and our opportunity to show what Tamworth has to offer in the flesh. Two hours is not very long so we will do our best to highlight some of the amazing features, which make Tamworth a town to be proud of.
“It would be great to see people out and about in the town centre on that day and hopefully retailers and businesses will take the opportunity to show themselves off with attractive shop windows and displays.
“With Tamworth having just slipped back into third place, it is more important than ever that we really come together as a community and get everyone voting for us, every day.”
Residents, shoppers and visitors are urged to go online and vote for Tamworth at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk. Votes can be cast every day, from all email addresses. It takes just seconds and there is no registration or form filling required.
A total of 21 areas made it to the shortlist and the winners in each of the seven categories get a share of a prize pot worth £80,000 which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce for 100 of their shops, bars and restaurants.
The Great British High Street Competition is sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks & Spencer and Tesco and is now in its second year.