Battle for Britain's Best High Street18 October 2016
The Great British High Streets competition has today revealed the nation’s best high streets.
Twenty-seven finalists now have the chance to impress an expert judging panel and battle it out in a public vote to be crowned Britain’s best.
Winners in each category will not only get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000, but they’ll also receive expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills.
Between now and November you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk
High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said:
“Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and the record number of competition entries this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.
“There are bustling high streets up and down the country from North London to Northumberland and now is the time you can show support for your local area and get voting”.
Edward Cooke, Chief Executive of Revo, the retail property representative body and competition sponsor, said:
“We’ve been a keen supporter of this competition for a few years. It’s a real celebration of the contribution businesses in cities, towns and villages make to supporting successful local economies and communities. It’s also recognition of the inspiring and energising individuals and partnerships that makes these places successful and prosperous.
“This year’s competition is set to showcase some great examples of ingenuity, innovation and partnership which enhance the vibrancy and vitality of urban places and village communities up-and-down the country. The shortlist has some incredible examples of how retail, leisure, restaurants and bars, civic amenities and urban living work in tandem to create places people want to live and work in and visit.
“We encourage local people to vote, wish the shortlisted entrants good luck during the judging and look forward to recognising the achievements of all of those who are part of this great awards programme.”
City: Derby, Norwich, Bristol
Coastal: Prestatyn, Falmouth, Cleethorpes
Local Centre: Hoole, Tunbridge Wells, Claygate
London: Romford, Lower Marsh Waterloo, Myddleton Road Haringey
Market Town (small): Thame, Chipping Norton, Hebden Bridge
Market Town (large): Hinckley, Market Harbrough, Bridgnorth
Town Centre: Hemel Hempstead, Banbury, Blackburn
Village: Langport, Kirby Lonsdale, Pateley Bridge
Rising Star: Dornoch, Stockton on Tees, Leominster
The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.
The Government is helping local business communities adapt to the changing face of high streets, with a £6.7 billion package of business rates support, to cut the rates for 900,000 businesses – with 600,000 now paying none at all.
This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.
The second Great British High Street competition last year saw 230 entries and attracted over 200,000 public votes, with Bishy Road in York, a former finalist, crowned Britain’s best. Bishy Road found that winning not only boosted town pride, but also had a tangible economic impact with retailers reporting increased footfall.
Alongside the public’s votes shortlisted areas will also be inspected by judges made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business – including British Land, The Post Office and Holland & Barrett.