This year, the competition is back and it is bigger and better. Once again we will be looking for the nation’s best high streets and asking communities around the country to help us by voting for their winners. But this year we have new categories, more finalists and more wonderful high streets and local people to celebrate
Social media giant Twitter has joined the Great British High Street Competition by launching a new category for the best shop on Twitter. Twitter will be looking for independent shops that are using the platform innovatively to promote their business and drive footfall to their local high street. Members of the public, as well as retailers themselves, will be able to nominate entrants in the ‘Best Shop on Twitter’ category by simply sending a tweet using the hashtag #BestGBTwitterShop
The category winner will receive a special prize –one thousand pounds' worth of advertising credit, as well as a trip to Twitter UK's London Office to share their Twitter story with the other winners of the Great British High Street Competition 2016 as part of a Best Practice Workshop to boost their Twitter skills and strategies.
For more information about the category and how it will be assessed, see the guidance document at the bottom of the page.
The Great British High Street Awards 2015 were a huge success. We had over 230 amazing high streets enter and nearly 200,000 votes for our 21 finalists. After a fierce Competition, Bishy Road in York was crowned the Winner of Winners and overall Great British High Street of the Year 2015.
This year, the Competition is back and it is bigger and better. Once again we will be looking for the nation’s best high streets and asking the public to help us by voting for their winners. We have also introduced new categories such as the Rising Star Award which is looking for high streets that are taking their first steps turning around their fortunes. We also have new categories which are seeking our High Street Heroes - examples of local business owners and store managers that are working hard for their towns and high streets.
High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said:
“Last year’s Great British High Street competition was a massive success with a record number of entries and winning high streets seeing a surge in shoppers.
Our local high streets remain the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and I’d encourage as many as possible to enter this year’s competition which is set to be even bigger and better.”
For more details about how to apply, look at the competition guidance and fill out your application. And let us know what you are up to by using the hashtag #GBHighSt and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.
All entries will receive a competition pack, including posters, top tips, logos, press notices and social media guides so you can get your local communities talking about your high street.
The deadline for applications is 9th September 2016.
To view The Great British High Street Awards 2015 winners please click here.
To view The Great British High Street Awards 2014 winners please click here.
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