Cittaslow grew out of the ‘Slow Food’ movement in Italy to encourage people to use local businesses and delight in local produce. Now it is a worldwide organisation and is a demonstration that a community is serious about sustainability – economic, social and environmental.
In some respects Cittaslow is rather like business certification schemes such as ISO 9000 and ‘Investors in People’. They reassure potential investors and customers that a business is well run and progressive.
Similarly Cittaslow membership says a lot about a town and can be the key to unlocking funds from central government and the EU in support of local initiatives. Mold, the first Cittaslow town in Wales has benefited enormously.
In 2013, Llangollen's application to become a Cittaslow town was approved, thanks to the efforts of a working group consisting of four councillors and eight representatives from a wide range of community associations.
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To find out more about Cittaslow in the UK and worldwide please see www.cittaslow.org.uk