Following a break in 2017, the Great British High Street (GBHS) awards returned in 2018. With the support of Visa, last year’s awards were bigger and better than ever and promoted all the great work that small businesses do for their local communities.


On 20th June 2018, the GBHS awards were launched across England, Scotland, Wales and for the first time Northern Ireland. In September, 38 high streets across the four countries were announced as finalists in the ‘Champion’ and ‘Rising Star’ categories that celebrate both the best and the most ambitious high streets across the UK. Shortlisted high streets were eligible for a £15,000 cash prize for their local community and local merchants and customers could also win cash prizes through the Visa Spend & Win competition.

Each high street was judged against four pillars of success: community, customer experience, environment and digital transformation. The judges scores were combined with votes submitted over social media and the winners were announced at a ceremony in London in November 2018. A ‘Champion’ and ‘Rising Star’ high street was named for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crickhowell High Street claimed the top prize and was named the overall winner of the Great British High Street Awards 2018, taking home the title of the ‘UK’s Best High Street.’ See full list of winners here.

Previous Winners

In 2018 Crickhowell joined a host of winners who have had the honour being named ‘UK’s Best High Street’, read on to learn more about previous winners.

To view The Great British High Street Awards 2016 winners please click here.

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.