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Shrewsbury scoops gold in floral competition 2014

Shrewsbury has once again been considered blooming lovely after winning a Gold award for its floral displays - and being crowned category winner by Heart of England in Bloom.

The results were announced in a ceremony at Theatre Severn on Thursday 11th September. The town was awarded Gold and nominated category winner in the Small City Category for centres with a population of between 35,001 and 100,000.

Heart of England in Bloom chairman Roger Bache said Shrewsbury could...

Famous five go free for heritage open days

Shrewsbury is full of finds and now you can explore five for free as part of the national Heritage Open Days event between 11th and 14th September. Heritage Open Days celebrates the country's architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission. In Shrewsbury the event means a rare meeting with a Lord on top of a 133ft column, trips to the top of a tower and a discovery...

Free August bank holiday parking in Shrewsbury

Following the success of free all-day car parking introduced by Shrewsbury BID over the May bank holiday, NCP has joined the scheme for Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August, making it a town centre wide initiative.

The two-part, free parking scheme with NCP, Shropshire Council and the owners of privately managed car parks was created to encourage visitors to Shrewsbury town centre over the bank holiday and help support traders.

Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID Manager, said: "We are...

Flower power hits Shrewsbury town centre

The arrival of the Shrewsbury Flower Show was given a warm welcome by Shrewsbury BID this morning with two areas of the town centre transformed with an explosion of flowers and grass benches.

The statues of Charles Darwin and Clive of India woke up to a bright and flowery start in a stunt aimed to encourage visitors from the Flower Show to spend time and discover what the town centre has to offer.

Kirsten Henly, BID manager, said:...

Key Appointment For Shrewsbury Business Improvement District

Kirsten Henly has been appointed BID Manager of the Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) which became operational at the beginning of April 2014, with a £1.6 million budget to help boost trading for the 500 Shrewsbury town centre businesses it incorporates.

Kirsten led the development of the BID through her role as Business Development Manager at specialist BID agency, The Mosaic Partnership. She brings valuable BID experience from her position as Projects Co-ordinator for Colmore Business District in Birmingham...

Two top creative agencies appointed to boost town's profile

Shrewsbury BID has taken a significant step to raise Shrewsbury's profile and help boost trading for the 500 town centre businesses it represents, with the appointment of two dynamic creative agencies, Seal and Source.

Shrewsbury based communications consultancy Seal will be lead brand ambassadors for the BID, responsible for brand positioning with a full on-and-offline marketing and PR plan, whilst full service creative agency, Source, also based in Shrewsbury, will be responsible for taking a fresh creative approach to...

Shrewsbury BID launches free Sunday car parking for bank holiday weekends

Shrewsbury BID is launching FREE all-day car parking on Sunday 25th May as part of a new bank holiday weekend initiative to benefit shoppers and support traders.

Working in partnership with Shropshire Council, the two-part initiative will see free all-day parking on Sundays 25th May and Sunday 24th August in Shropshire Council's car parks in Shrewsbury town centre and most of the privately run car parks. The free offer will enable visitors to enjoy the town's independent and national...

Shrewsbury BID parking initiative boosts sales and footfall

Independent retailers and Shrewsbury's two principal shopping centres have reported a significant increase in sales and footfall on Sunday 25th May.

Following the launch of free all-day parking, footfall at the Darwin Centre and Pride Hill rose by 35% and 34% respectively, on last year's figures.

Noticing an increase in trade, Mark Lomas from Pockets in Market Square said: "Sunday was such a great day for traders, there was a real buzz in town and so many people...