The winner of the Northwich Business Improvement District’s (BID) recent Great British High Street Awards competition has chosen Bratts to spend her voucher in.

Helena Abblett, who is from the town, won £100 worth of shopping vouchers to spend in a retailer of her choice and selected Northwich’s family-owned department store.

Entrants had to upload a picture of Northwich along with the hashtags #GBHSNorthwich and #MyHighStreet and Helena’s image was randomly selected as the winner.

Speaking to the Northwich BID, Helena has explained how happy she was when she found out that she’d won and why she chose Bratts.

“I was really happy to find out that I’d won, especially as it was a competition that was about celebrating Northwich’s high street. I grew up in Northwich and it has been great to see the town centre improve in recent years, with a growing group of great independent businesses,” said Helena.

“I picked Bratts because I felt it would offer a range of choice and I’ve still not decided how I’m going to spend my vouchers!”

A fan of shopping at independent businesses, Helena has also explained why she thinks Northwich is the ideal place for shopping local, especially over the festive season.

“Northwich has some great local businesses and they bring real character to the town,” commented Helena. “The Salty Dog deserves all the good reviews it receives, and I really like how Abda’s is promoting the local art scene. Macouti is another favourite shop and my daughter loves the bath bombs they sell.”

“This Christmas I’ll definitely be shopping local where I can and putting some money into the local economy.”

But although Helena knows that she will be heading to Bratts before Christmas, she is undecided on what to buy from the store and whether or not to treat herself.

“I will probably spend my vouchers on Christmas gifts for my family, but I there’s still a chance I might just buy myself a new pair of boots instead!”

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