Ormskirk is set to compete against towns from all over the country in the Great British High Street (GBHS) competition.
Great British High Street is an organisation which supports those working to revive, adapt and diversify high streets. The competition aims to celebrate business, people and partnerships which are putting high streets at the heart of their communities.
Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group has entered Ormskirk into the GBHS competition under the ‘Rising Star’ category.
The group felt that given the recent adoption of the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy and the progress being made on delivering its aims, this would be the ideal time to enter Ormskirk into the competition.
A shortlist of a maximum of three finalists for each award category will be drawn up by mid-October.
If Ormskirk is shortlisted a public vote will open for one month during November and the town will be visited by a competition judge during this time.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said: “A huge amount of work is being done to help ensure Ormskirk has an even more vibrant and successful future and this competition is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase what we have done so far. If we all get behind Ormskirk then that will help the town with its chances of winning this competition.”
The Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group is made up of West Lancashire Borough Council, representatives from town centre retailers, Ormskirk Community Partnership, Edge Hill University and Edge Hill Students’ Union.
Some of the many actions which have been delivered from the strategy include undertaking market research, resurfacing of Council-owned car parks; installation of footfall monitoring system; delivery of new additional events including Makers’ Markets, Love Your Local Market and the Ormskirk Gingerbread Heritage festival; a general town centre tidy-up and the Moor Street improvement scheme.
Category winners could win a range of prizes including advice on digital marketing.