This has been a good week.

Crickhowell has been named the “Best Place to Live in Wales” by the Sunday Times. The newspaper highlighted the pride felt by local people for the town and how they had “chased off” plans to turn the former Corn Exchange pub into a national chain supermarket and instead turned it into flats and shops. That story was central to Crickhowell winning the Great British High Street Competition and, this week, shareholders in the company which was formed to buy the pub got a double bonus when it was announced that they would receive a dividend of 2 per cent on their investments.

Our Director, Tim Jones, was a leading volunteer in stopping the supermarket and converting the building. He then ran the marketing campaign which won the High Street Award.

Tim said: “We are all incredibly proud of our town and its fantastic range of independent and family-run businesses. They are what motivated so many people to invest their own money in The Corn Exchange project and to protect the character of Crickhowell. To see Crickhowell named Best High Street in Britain last year and the Best Place to Live in Wales this year is absolutely fantastic. And to be able to announce a dividend to shareholders this week is even better. It shows that collective community action really does pay, both in terms of publicity, which will bring further trade into town and with a return for those people who were prepared to back the town by investing.”