Bridgnorth has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition. Bridgnorth high street has been named alongside Market Harborough and Hinckley, both in Leicestershire, as one of the top 3 in the Large Market Town category. Now, to be crowned champion, Bridgnorth needs your votes. This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. Now the shortlist has been drawn up and the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online. Between now and November you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk .
If Bridgnorth wins, not only will they get a share of prize pot worth £100,000, but they’ll win expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost their social media skills.
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. “From North London to Northumberland, great work is underway to adapt the high street to the needs of modern life. “I want to wish all who’ve entered the very best of luck.”
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. 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.
Sarah Stevens of Buy Big in Bridgnorth and Sally Themans of Love Bridgnorth hope that will happen too for Bridgnorth “We’re proud of Bridgnorth being at the centre of one of Britain’s best high streets and we hope this will be a real boon for the town. “We’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure local people know about Bridgnorth’s shortlisting. Now we just need everyone to show their support and get voting.”
Alongside the public’s votes shortlisted towns will also be inspected by the judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business – including British Land, the Post Office and Holland and Barratt.
To go online to cast your vote, visit the following link: www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/finalist-large-market-town and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter. Voting closes on 18th November.
The Great British High Street competition is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government and sponsored by British Land, the Post Office, Holland and Barratt, Boots UK, Google UK, Marks & Spencer, Wilko, Revo and Ellandi.