I was joined by colleagues of the Labour Towns Group to advance the case for a new Town of Culture award with the Minister of State for Culture this week.
This meeting follows the Westminster Hall debate, which was secured myself in January of this year. The proposal would emulate the success of the City of Culture award.
The British City of Culture scheme was first proposed by the UK Labour Government in 2009. It has proven to be of huge value to our cities. The last recipient of the award, Hull, estimates that the programme generated £60million in 2017 from visitor income and £220million additional investment. It generated 800 new jobs and saw 5million visitors.
Liverpool, one of the first holders of the title ‘City of Culture’, found that 44% of its residents expressed a positive response to the programme as it made them feel proud of where they lived. Read more “Town of Culture Award – Ministerial meeting”
I am calling on small shopkeepers in the constituency to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.
The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.
Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.
The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.
The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on the 13th November 2018 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.
Retailers in Delyn continue to amaze with their excellent customer service, extraordinary offers and dedication to the towns they operate in. I know that many shops deserve the accolades of winning The Best Small Shop award.
There are also benefits for those who enter the competition straight away. Every business who enters the competition will be displayed on the Indie Retail directory which will help raise customer awareness throughout the UK.
Those who are shortlisted will attend an awards event in parliament later in the year and I hope that I will be able to meet some of our local entrepreneurs in the Palace of Westminster. So, I urge all small shops in Delyn to enter today.
I am calling on local associations to nominate their towns for The Great British High Street Award 2018.
The Great British High Street Awards began in 2014 and ran through to 2016. It took a break in 2017, but the Awards are back for 2018 and with support from local associations, Visa and other partners, it is hoped to be bigger and better than ever.
MPs are not eligible to nominate their own towns, but those who can include Business Improvement Districts, Local Authority, Parish Council, Town Teams, Coastal Community Team, Town Centre Partnership, Community Interest Company, Chambers of Commerce and Trading Association. Read more “The Great British High Street Award 2018”
I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 1431 which calls for legal protections to be put in place to ensure that everyone has access to ATMs to withdraw cash.
The free use of ATMs is funded through a levy on banks set by the network body LINK. On Sunday 1 July, the first of four rounds of cuts to the funding for free to use ATMs will be put into action.
Since this cut was announced five months ago 300 ATMs have closed per month with rural areas being more greatly impacted than urban centres.
There are no legal protections for access to free cash with only the business case for an ATM based on the fee set by LINK or the ATMs ability to charge per withdrawal determining whether it stays open or it closes. ATM providers have warned that the cut in funding goes too far too fast with the industry body ATIMA saying as many as 30,000 ATMs could be lost by 2030, that is 40% of the UK’s network. Read more “Calling for legal protections for access to ATMs”