A BUSINESS expert has called on members of the public to help a town centre receive the recognition it deserves.

The Leader reported how Mold High Street was named a finalist in the Great British High Street Awards rising star category.

Joanna Douglass, business and regeneration officer at Mold Town Council, welcomed the news.

She said: “I am delighted that Mold has been shortlisted for the Great British High street awards and is now in the running to be crowned Rising Star High street of the year 2019.

The Leader:

“I’m really pleased that Mold has been recognised in this way by a panel of high profile judges, it certainly will put Mold on the Map.

“Previous year’s winners have all reported increased footfall and trading as well as a great opportunity to promotion their town.

“The judges will be visiting Mold over the forth coming weeks and high street ambassadors will be attending to engage with public and visitors.

“The judges score makes up part of the overall scoring, with the remaining coming from public on-line voting which is now open at https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-awards/rising-star-flintshire

“As residents and businesses please vote and keep voting, so we can get the recognition that Mold thoroughly deserves as an ideal place for shopping, tourism, living and working.”

The Leader:

Joanne Douglass, business and regeneration officer

She reminded those interested in backing the town in the awards scheme that they can vote once a day per e-mail address.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: “Congratulations to Flintshire for being shortlisted for the Rising Star Award for this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

“With award winning restaurants and a year-round calendar of events, Mold High Street is committed to becoming the ideal place for shopping, tourism, living and working.

“People are happier when they can see their hard-earned cash support local businesses. That is why we are celebrating those that go above and beyond to keep their high streets thriving for generations to come.”

The announcement of Mold’s shortlisting comes as Visa research revealed that shopping on the local high street brings hapiness to 71 per cent of consumers surveyed.

Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK and Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, added: “We’ve seen some fantastic entries for this year’s Great British High Street Awards across both the Champion High Street and Rising Star categories.

All 40 high streets are now in the running to win a prize of up to £15,000 to be dedicated to a local high street initiative.