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A beautiful Scotland is good for business

The search is on to find the most beautiful High Street in Scotland? Could it be yours?

In partnership with Scotland's Towns Partnership and the Sunday Herald we have launched a competition to find Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street. Is it your High Street? Is it clean? Are the shop fronts well looked after?  Is there green space or are flowers planted? Does it have innovative or unique features? If so you could be a winner!

Clean, welcoming streets and spaces make economic, social and environmental sense. How attractive a High Streets determines how long people choose to linger, how often they will visit, and ultimately how much money they will inject into the local economy.

High Streets and town centres are the beating hearts of communities and local economies. This competition will help to celebrate the contribution high streets make to communities, and to recognise the efforts made to create clean, attractive, accessible, vibrant and inclusive spaces for all.

We are encouraging all those local authorities, business improvement districts, development trusts, communities we work with to vie for the title of Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street.

Our CEO Derek Robertson, said: “What business wants to invest in a town which is not looked after? Which customer, local or visitor, chooses to visit a High Street that makes them feel uncomfortable? People will vote with their feet if streets are littered, empty shop windows are flyposted and graffiti tarnishes walls and doors. We know that good quality environments are good for businesses.

“We also know that by working together we can all enjoy cleaner, greener and more sustainable places. Many of the entrants to our longstanding Beautiful Scotland and It's your Neighbourhood campaigns already know this - now we have an opportunity to widen the involvement and encourage new places to get involved."

Entries to The Beautiful High Street Competition will be judged by a panel of experts, following the deadline of 30 June, and then a shortlist will be put to the public vote.

The winning entry will be announced at Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Annual Conference in Paisley, on November 21.

Further information about how to enter is available on the Scotland's Towns Partnership website.

19 May 2017

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