Following a great deal of positive partnership work between Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Town Council, Shrewsbury is in with a chance to be awarded a share of the Government’s £675 million Future High Streets Fund.

Shrewsbury has been recommended by a panel of officers and councillors to be put forward for the fund, and will be able to bid for up to £25 million, which would make a massive difference to the town centre.

The BID has been working with the town council to put together a submission to the independent panel, and we are delighted they have recommended that Shrewsbury should go through to the next stage of the process.

We are confident that Shrewsbury will be in a strong position when the Government considers our bid against towns in other parts of the country.

The Shrewsbury Big Town Plan outlines a truly shared vision for the future prosperity of the town centre, with bold, imaginative ideas to encourage more people to spend their time – and money – within the town centre.

The plan is already attracting interest from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Having a formal document in place, based on extensive consultation with businesses and residents, is something that many other towns simply don’t have, so we hope it will stand us in good stead when Government officials come to making their decision.

Shropshire Council’s Cabinet met on 27th February to formally agree that a bid for Shrewsbury be worked up ahead of a submission on 22nd March.