Annual competition inviting Town Teams and recognised local partnerships in Great Britain to nominate a high street in their area, celebrating the diversity and services that British high streets provide.
All category winners will receive a branding toolkit featuring their title as 'Great British High Street of the Year 2016'. This branding can be used at the winning Town Team’s discretion to highlight their success and promote their high street as a place to visit and do business, and share what they have done with others.
Winners will also benefit from a share of a £50,000 prize pot and a range of support from the award partners, including business mentoring, workshops and help to promote their high street.
The Great British High Street of the Year Awards is a new annual competition inviting Town Teams and recognised local partnerships to nominate a high street in their area to celebrate the diversity and services that British high streets provide.
Once an application has been submitted, the Town Team (or local partnership) will be sent a branding pack including material to display in shop windows on the high street. This will raise awareness of the campaign among the local community and encourage individuals to offer their support and endorse applications by directing them to the Great British High Street online portal.
The Awards provide a national platform to:
- showcase success stories and share best practice;
- showcase the diversity of how places are servicing local needs;
- give the public the opportunity to celebrate and endorse their local high street and make the most of what it has to offer; and
- recognise the excellent effort of town teams, the business community, local authorities, the charitable sector and volunteers, and other key partners, in achieving the above successes.
This year the sponsor will be asking local people to help in the search for the best high streets by encouraging them to vote for their winners. The sponsor is also launching a new special recognition award for a person or project that has made a particularly special or unique difference to their high street.
Individual persons or businesses are unable to enter the Awards. The focus is on the successes local partnerships have achieved on their high streets. Individuals can offer their support and endorse applications via social media channels featured on the Great British High Street online portal.
The Awards are open to Town Teams, or recognised local partnerships, including Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Teams, Town Centre Partnerships or Community Interest Companies, across England, Scotland and Wales.
Note: Individual persons or businesses are unable to enter the Awards. The focus is on the successes local partnerships have achieved on their high streets.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
Currently closed. The 2016 deadline for receipt of applications was 9 September 2016. Details and deadline information for any future rounds will be reported when available.
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The judging panel is comprised of members of the Future High Streets Forum (or their representatives), the Association of Town and City Management (who also sit on the Forum) and the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Greater London Authority.
The local community will have the opportunity to support their high street’s application via social media channels linked to the Great British High Street social media hub http://www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk
Once the shortlist of the top three high streets in each category are announced in August, the sponsor will ask local people to help decide the winners. 50% of the vote will be decided by an expert panel of judges and 50% will be decided by the general public who will cast their votes on the Great British HighStreet portal.
- Launch of competition: 7 July 2016.
- Application deadline: 9 September 2016.
- Announcement of shortlisted entrants: late September 2016.
- Voting opens and local campaigning begins: November 2016. At this stage, shortlisted applicants are asked to garner support in their local areas.
- Announcement of category winners: November/December 2016.
- Awards ceremony and announcement of overall winner of the winners, plus the winner of the Special Recognition Award: December 2016.