Weekly column 29.05.19

It’s certainly been a busy week in Westminster and as always, I am pleased to be home in the Moorlands to spend time with my family and friends.

We are fortunate have many great markets that contribute to making the Moorlands the great place it is. With the regular market on Wednesday and Saturday, the Trestle market, the Totally Locally Sunday Supplement market, the Fine Food market and of course the Buttermarket, we are really spoilt for choice and I can understand why people make it a point to visit. I always try to support our great shops and markets and enjoy speaking to our hard-working market traders and to the many shoppers out supporting these local businesses.   

I recently had a lovely visit to Biddulph Artisan Market which has lots of fabulous stalls with a great selection of local produce, plants, arts and crafts and textiles. It was lovely to see so many shoppers sampling the many delights that we have here in Staffordshire Moorlands. 

Last week also saw the launch of the Great British High Street Awards 2019. High streets would not be what they are without the efforts of dedicated local people and small businesses. These awards are a chance for us to celebrate and showcase the great work of individuals, community groups and business leaders.

There are two categories: Champion High Street, which will recognise the nation’s best high streets, and the Rising Star category which will recognise the nation’s most ambitious high streets, places which are taking the lead and working together to regenerate, adapt and diversify.

Entries for the Awards are now open and will close in the first week of July. More information about the Awards can be found at http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk