21 September 2015
High Street Week: Prestatyn
Principality Building Society has been on the high street for over 150 years. This week we are celebrating the valuable contribution our busy high streets make to the Welsh economy, as well as the vital role they play in community life.
Today we focus on our Prestatyn Branch. We are very proud that our Prestatyn branch has been nominated for High Street Favourite professional and financial services, the winner will be announced on Tuesday 22nd September.
Name: Deborah Dickin
Branch: Principality Building Society: Prestatyn Branch
Role: Branch Manager
Number of staff members in branch?
Six at the moment as we have one member of staff on maternity.
What makes your high street different?
Prestatyn is a pretty town, which has previously won the Wales in Bloom competition. The shops are conveniently close to each other and local transportation is based in the centre of the town. I believe our town is also different because we have a lot of sole traders who are willing to get involved in a range of town events, such as a street party we held for St David’s Day as well as our annual flower show and car show which are getting bigger every year.
What makes your high street important?
Our high street is the hub of the town and is a place where local residents come to meet and catch up. It is important to local people but Prestatyn is also a tourist town and is equally as important to the people that visit us.
How does your branch support your high street?
We have always been heavily involved in the community and get involved in anything we can. We take part in a range of events from carrying out an ‘It’s a knockout’ event which saw the police, fire brigade, ambulance service and local businesses coming together for a charity day to supporting the classic car show with our “Retro Classic car award”.
I helped set up the Prestatyn Business and Community Forum and was chair for two years when it first started. This kept the sole traders informed with developments as the new shopping park was built and integrated with the high street. My whole team supports the local community and we are involved in Healthy High Street which sees a member of the team attending the meetings.
We are also involved in the “I Spy” anti-bullying group, which I am treasurer and a committee member for. Our branch acts as a safe haven for children to visit if they need somewhere to go to if they are bullied en route to and from school and during out of school hours. We know that children from our local schools are aware of this and know that they can come to us to feel safe. We are proud of this and enjoy being involved in the town.
How special is it to branch to be nominated for High Street Hero Business?
We are all overwhelmed by this honour and we feel very proud about being nominated. But we do enjoy our jobs and see our work in the community and on the high street as part of our day job. We love helping our customers in all that we do, and supporting the local residents of this town.
It is wonderful to be nominated and it shows us that we are recognised for the effort we put in and we hope that our motivation for our jobs and our community shines through in our work.
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