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Wales Action for Market Towns 2012 award winners named

By • May 8th, 2012 • Category: Uncategorized

Press release, 8 May 2012
Action for Market Towns National Awards
Twelve towns triumph in Wales region of UK’s most prestigious town community project award scheme.

Four projects have beaten competition from towns across Wales to win recognition for their efforts to nurture thriving communities.

The winners for the Wales region of this year’s Action for Market Town awards have been announced:

Click on the links above to view profiles of each of the winners, photographs, and comments from Awards judges.

Several other entrants were commended by the judges:

  • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council -Church Street Regeneration
  • Ceredigion County Council – Min y Ddôl Community Play Area
  • Denbighshire County Council – Town Centre Shop Front Improvement Scheme
  • Flintshire County Council – Summer Events – Holywell & Mold
  • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council – Pontmorlais Heritage Quarter – Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council – Neath Food and Drink Festival 2011
  • RCT Borough Council – Business Mentoring in Mountain Ash & Tonypandy Town Centres

The winning project, Holyhead Town Centre Empty Shops Initiative, will go forward to be considered for Action for Market Towns’ prestigious National Award. National winners will be announced by historian and television presenter David Starkey in October at a ceremony in Kendal.

Last year’s winners (including Mold Spring Clean – last year’s overall National Awards winner) received widespread press exposure and several were even held up as exemplary projects in a Parliamentary reception.

Chris Wade, the chief executive of AMT said:

“The quality and quantity of our entries shows that innovation and creativity is at the heart of many towns across Wales. This years’ entries really raised the bar – giving judges a difficult task – and the regional winners should be congratulated for the positive effects their projects are having in their communities.

“The Action for Market Towns Awards celebrate these innovative projects and share good ideas allowing other towns across the UK to learn from our winners’ experiences.

“We are grateful to The Big Lottery Fund for their continued support for the Awards, and to specialist ethical fund manager CCLA for their sponsorship. Delivery of the awards scheme is also supported by The Welsh Government.”

Background to awards:

Action for Market Towns founded its awards scheme in 2004 to recognise and showcase initiatives that are helping our small market towns to adapt to change and flourish.

For the awards, the presence of a ‘market’ is not the determining feature – more important is the relationship between the town and its hinterland. Towns eligible to enter the awards have a population of between 2,000 and 35,000, offer at least convenience shopping and meet some weekly and specialist needs.

The Action for Market Towns National Awards are supported by the Big Lottery Fund and sponsored by specialist ethical fund manager CCLA.

If you need any information about the awards, please contact: Anne Buchanan on 01633 411732 or email, Further press information is available by emailing

Notes to editors:

1. Action for Market Towns (AMT) is a national charity committed to the vitality and viability of our small towns.

2. It offers training, consultancy, national advocacy and a range of other services to more than 400 members.

3. The awards are part funded by the Big Lottery Fund and sponsored by ethical fund manager CCLA.

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is Jamie is Towns Alive's Communications and External Affairs Manager and works for Towns Alive for 1 day per week looking after press, external affairs, website content, social media, marketing, some events and some membership support. A freelance consultant to charities, social enterprises and small businesses, Jamie co-founded and was managing director of the respected 'New Start magazine' (now owned by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies) and has worked in a PLC. Jamie lives in Sheffield, is an active rock climber and mountain biker, and is a volunteer board member for a local social enterprise.
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