2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the designation of Harlow New Town but also 65 years since the town centre masterplan was unveiled by the Development Corporation back in 1952 Sir Fredrick Gibberd said that Harlow Town Centre was ‘designed to be the focus of the town’s civic, business and social life’ and the ‘visual focus of the town’.

Harlow Town Centre has long played a significant role in Harlow and for the town’s residents. Whether it has been somewhere we have worked, shopped or played, the town centre has been a consistent feature in the town’s history and will continue to be so in the future.

To celebrate the role of the town centre, it’s people and places Harlow Council and Phoenix Resource Centre have partnered to launch the Harlow Town Centre Awards.

The awards, which will take place annually, have been created to recognise and celebrate the town centre and the people that make it what it is. With 13 categories from Retailer of the Year, Community Project of the Year to Employee of the Year, there is a category for every shop, business and organisation as well as every individual and team.