Dentist tops poll for best shop front

Unedited press release from HPBC: It was big smiles all round when High Street Dental in Glossop was named top of the shops in a poll of the town’s residents. Local people were asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front earlier this year to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project which has seen the historic centre of Glossop undergo a transformation over the last seven years. Twenty-one commercial buildings have received grant funding for the repair or restoration of traditional architectural features and a further five have been improved independently of the grants programme but incorporating the traditional design principles.


Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at High Peak Borough Council, said: “We were delighted by the number of people who took the time to vote for their favourite improved shop front which shows just how much the work that’s been undertaken in Glossop is valued by those who live and work here.
“This project has delivered so much more than the improvements to the appearance of some of the town’s historic buildings and public areas which everyone can see and enjoy – it’s also resulted in almost 40 jobs being created and attracted new businesses to Glossop so the benefits are ongoing.
“I’m delighted that we’re able to conclude this investment in the town by inviting local people to get involved and I offer my congratulations to High Street Dental on being selected as Glossop’s favourite in the new look town centre.”
High Street Dental’s owners, Andrey Mirzoyan and Karine Sarkisyan, received a luxury hamper from Praze Fine Food. The runner up was Paul Holmes owner of 14 Ellison Street.
The THI, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, was set up in 2007 to socially and economically regenerate the area by enhancing and restoring key buildings and improving the public realm.
The scheme, which ended on 31 December 2013, has also resulted in:
    •    73% of residents describing Glossop as “attractive” or “very attractive” – up 23% from 50% before the works were carried out;
    •    Creation of 37 jobs in businesses attracted to the town with grant-aided projects;
    •    Occupancy rates of 95% (at June 2013) compared with the national average of 88% at a time of national economic downturn and difficult trading conditions for high streets across they country;
    •    £865,000 worth of shopfront repair and restoration works from  a grants budget of £355,000
Vanessa Harbar, Head of Region for the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has been really impressed with the success of the Glossopdale THI and the high quality outcomes it has achieved.
“The Borough Council has an excellent record in heritage-led regeneration in both Glossop and the wider borough. We congratulate everyone who has been involved in the project’s success and helping to ensure Glossop has a thriving future.”
TOP OF THE SHOPS: Owners Andrey Mirzoyan and Karine Sarkisyan celebrate being named Glossop’s favourite new shop front.

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