We are delighted to have had some involvement in Belper winning the GB Best High Street competition and whilst we have some great independents in town the reason Belper has won isn’t just because of our retail offering. It’s the collaboration of people who care from the community, the local authorities and local businesses. We have listed the projects mentioned in the application and during the judges visit. The Belper Ambassador Scheme, an innovate scheme, with retailers, primarily, having over 80 staff trained, on a voluntary basis, on the great heritage of the town and the current facilities, helping all visitors and tourists to Belper. The monthly Farmers Market. Park & Stride – edge of town Free Parking plus resident free parking after 4pm, supporting the new night time economy. The High Street focussed Infrastructure with the Railway station and bus stops right in the heart of the town. The Adoption and Improvements of Belper Railway Station by Transition Belper and others, helping the year on year passenger figure improvements. Trent Barton buses using the bus livery for promotion, e.g. No7.1 - 7 reasons to visit Belper. Business sponsorship of hanging baskets, flower beds Christmas trees etc. Visitor Information Points at the North Mill and at De Bradelei Stores. The Townscape Heritage Initiative, supporting reinstatement and restoration of important High Street properties. Totally Locally Belper promoting the independents in town, set up and supported with the help of Transition Belper. The Ritz, award winning independent cinema, helping develop the night time economy. Indie Day – Participation in the 4th July national event promoting Independent Shopping. Belper Visitor Guide produced by AVBC and the Belper Town Guide produced by Belper Town Council. The Belper Vision film produced in 2012, viewed during the judges visit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-moL7CmSQQ The new Events Programme, now incorporated into the Town Council newsletter. The Belper Food, Real Ale and Craft Festival. The Belper Arts Trail. The Well Dressing Trail. The Christmas Food Festival. The Christmas Lights Switch on, including late night shopping and local Charity Stalls. The Cherry Orchard pop up Gallery and Festival headquarters. The Belper Arts Festival. The first Derbyshire Youth Market, organised by Transition Belper. Belper Goes Green, organised by Transition Belper. Belper Open Gardens. Belper Open Houses. Discovery Days Walking Festival. Discovery Days Week. Britain in Bloom winners. Strutts Centre, run by volunteers and used by lots of local groups. The WW1 Commemorations, on the Market Place, the Memorial Gardens and the Poppies. There are many others that didn’t get a mention in the 90 minute visit, such as the Street Angels, the Drop Inn, The Belper Games, Larks in the Park and regular parades on the memorial gardens.
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