Under a Week Left for High Streets to Enter the Great British High Street Awards 2018

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP has today urged local businesses, councils, community groups and Business Improvement Districts to enter their high streets and shopping parades into the Great British High Street Awards, sponsored by Visa, before the 22nd August deadline.

With over 300 high streets having already registered their interest and many of these going on to complete the full application to enter the Awards, the competition is heating up with communities across the UK celebrating the achievements of businesses and individuals on their local high streets.

Additionally, more than 60 MPs have also pledged their support for the Great British High Street Awards 2018, urging their local communities to enter. This year, the Awards has an extra focus on the exceptional individuals within our communities – those who go the extra mile through innovation, personality and customer service, to make our high streets special.

All high streets that have registered their interest in the Awards now have only one week left to complete their application and enter, to be in with a chance of being named the ‘Champion’ or ‘Rising Star’ high street in the Great British High Street Awards 2018.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said:

“The Great British High Street Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work of our high street heroes and win up to £10,000 for your local community.

“The Awards have never been easier to enter and over 300 high streets have been registered so far. With the deadline of 22nd August fast approaching, there’s still time to get those forms in and I’d encourage as many applications as possible.”

Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK & Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, added:

“We have received some really inspiring entries to this year’s Awards. What is notable is the many innovative and creative ways in which our high streets are adapting to suit changing consumer demands, be it offering unique products and services, investing in new technology or giving back to their local communities.

“With just a week to go until entries close, we hope that even more communities across the UK will choose to enter the Awards and celebrate the importance of their high streets.”

The final call for entries for the Great British High Streets Awards 2018 comes as research from Visa, the Awards sponsor, reveals that late-night shopping has topped a list of the most popular initiatives shoppers think their high streets should adopt, with four in ten (39%) consumers saying such events would encourage to them visit their high street more.

Family events, street parties and free parking days have also been cited as ways to increase footfall on high streets in the survey of 2,000 consumers.

Top 10 initiatives shoppers want to see on their high streets:

  1. Late-night shopping events
  2. Family or community focused events
  3. Seasonal events, such as Easter egg hunts or switching on Christmas lights
  4. Regular street parties
  5. Business networking events
  6. Free parking days
  7. Farmers market
  8. Food festivals
  9. Discount days
  10. Craft fairs

The Great British High Street Awards 2018, which is being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and sponsored by Visa, includes a competition to find the nation’s leading high streets, with winners being named in England, Scotland, Wales and – for the first time – Northern Ireland.

High streets can be entered across two categories: Champion High Street and Rising Star High Street, whilst an overall national winner will also be named. Shortlisted entries will be announced in September 2018.

Simon Reeve, TV presenter and one of the judges of the Great British High Street Awards 2018, commented:

“I’ve spent the last 16 years travelling around the world and investigating what is happening in other countries, so I’m really looking forward to being a bit closer to home and meeting the unsung heroes helping the nation’s high streets to thrive.”

For more information about the Great British High Street Awards 2018 and to enter, visit: http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.

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