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Poole High Street shortlisted in national award recognition

Poole High Street has been shortlisted as part of The Great British High Street Awards,sponsored by Visa.

To be shortlisted, the town had to showcase exemplary details in the following four categories:

• Community – demonstrating the strength of the local community, initiatives, community & charitable programmes, and businesses that give back to the community through employment, skills and training.

• Customer Experience – how the high street has improved, accessibility for disabled people, and providing more opportunities for people to interact and connect.

• Environment – showcasing how the high street protects or improves the local environment, initiatives to improve sustainability and repairing the high street/improving aesthetics.

• Digital Transformation – using digital connectivity, developing websites and apps, providing digital skills training to businesses and using these efforts to boost the high street experience.

The application was submitted in August by the Poole Business Improvement District (BID), and the Visa Great British High Street Award street team visited Poole in September for a tour around the high street and to engage with locals and visitors to highlight the awards.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “We are all incredibly proud of everything that Poole has achieved in the last 18 months, and while there’s still improvements to be made it’s great to be honoured on this national level. We’d like to encourage the public to show their support by posting on social media using the following hashtags – #GBHSPoole and #MyHighStreet – as public votes count towards the final outcome.”

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday, 31 October. Visit http://bit.ly/GBHSPoole for more details.