The Great British High Street Awards 2015: Rising Stars and Special Mentions

230 high streets entered the Great British High Street of the Year Awards. Here are some other excellent applications, including our 2015 Rising Stars.

The 230 applications we received showed, without doubt, that there is so much great work going on around the country to support our high streets. Unfortunately, we could only have 21 finalists, but the towns highlighted below really impressed the judging panel with their commitment to working together to bring new life into their high streets.

Rising Stars:

This award recognises towns who have become 'Rising Stars' and are working together to rejuvenate their high streets.

  1. West Green Road, Tottenham London – for new shop fronts and great community involvement.
  2. Folkestone, Kent – for boosting collaboration across the town.
  3. Thame High Street, Oxfordshire – for putting Thame back on the map through social media.
  4. Dartmouth, South Devon – for introducing a new high-quality tourism campaign.
  5. Newquay, Cornwall – for delivering successful events to help extend the season.
  6. Alcester, Warwickshire – for introducing a new, regular market after a 140 year gap.
  7. Faversham, Kent – for a new market bringing life into town in face of stiff competition from nearby retail centres.
  8. Middlesbrough, Baker Street – for their work to develop a new town centre and niche for new businesses.
  9. Beeston – for retailers who kept up appearances and improved footfall during major reconstruction works.
  10. Lowestoft, Suffolk – for bringing pride back to the town centre and for innovative digital initiatives.

Special Recognition Awards

Special recognition was awarded to 13 teams and individuals to celebrate the outstanding contributions they have made to their high streets:.

  1. Tom and Joe Barratt, creators of the Teenage Market, for their efforts to revitalise local markets by giving young people a platform to showcase their creative talents.
  2. Ellie Gill (‘Mrs Market’) for her fantastic work in making the Love Your Local Market idea into a year-round international brand and in encouraging communities and councils to take part.
  3. Jonathan White and the Hinckley Town Centre Partnership. Jonathan’s hard work includes creating the Hinckley Digital High Street Initiative – producing a loyalty card, app, wi-fi and social media platforms with the goal to become the first truly digital high street by 2019.
  4. Jonny Noble, Bradford’s City Centre Operations Manager, for his fantastic work revitalising Bradford’s North Parade.
  5. Lewis Kirnon, Town Centre & Business Support Manager, who runs the market in Dartford for his fantastic work revitalising the town and make Dartford a better place to live, work and socialise.
  6. Lisa Piper, and the Business Improvement District team, have been recognised for their innovative approach to both improving the trading environment and preserving Tavistock, a World Heritage Site, in a way which has increased both visitor numbers and the length of visitor stays.
  7. Hyde Town Team’s hard work includes changing attitudes and working with the community to improve the town environment. The Hyde Town Team has produced a co-ordinated events programme consolidating everything that is happening across Hyde and as a result substantially boosted footfall.
  8. Rosalind Bullimore and the Belper High Street team for their ambassadorial role in the 2015 awards. Having been through the process themselves, Belper’s hard work promoting the competition and driving enthusiasm was instrumental to the success of this year’s Awards.
  9. Shaun Fagan for his fantastic work delivering a media platform that is connecting, supporting and promoting local trade.
  10. Sue Rawle, of the Barnstaple Town Centre Management team, for creating community support and collaboration by working partners to provide a creative solution to providing a safe night time environment.
  11. Toyubur Rahman for his fantastic work delivering creative events such as the Aerial Birdman – a zip wire through the town centre.
  12. Bill Addy and the Liverpool Business Improvement District team. Bill’s hard work includes an innovative and creative 37 day Christmas ‘Jack Frost and Snowflake’ campaign, with an incredible building illumination show and parade. The campaign celebrated the city’s traditional and cultural history and has resulted over the last two years in a pronounced increase in footfall and sales.
  13. Grahame Kane, Faversham’s Market Manager, for his fantastic work developing new markets and extending existing ones. Grahame’s hard work also includes an initiative for businesses to allow their shop space to be used for community projects, alongside raising £50k a year for the annual Hop Festival.

City Location

Category: City Location

  • Bradford’s North Parade
  • Mill Road, Cambridge
  • St Giles Street, Northampton
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
Town Centre

Category: Town Centre

  • Altrincham
  • Rotherham
  • Tamworth
  • Andover
  • Bury St Edmunds
Market Town

Category: Market Town

  • Chipping Norton
  • Helmsley
  • Colne
  • Market Drayton
  • Uppingham
Coastal Community

Category: Coastal Community

  • Prestatyn
  • Bognor Regis
  • Amble
  • Maryport
  • Weston-super-Mare
Local Centre

Category: Local Centre

  • Bishy Road, York
  • Faulkner Street Hoole, Chester
  • Bath Place, Taunton
  • Barnoldswick, Pendle Borough
  • The Saints, Ipswich

Category: Village

  • Brigg
  • West Kilbride
  • Twyford
  • Nailsea
  • Earl Shilton

Category: London

  • Raynes Park
  • Roman Road
  • Pitshanger Lane, Ealing
  • Chiswick High Road
  • Wanstead

2015 Sponsors

  • Boots
  • Post Office
  • Costa
  • M&S
  • Argos

2014 Winners

To view The Great British High Street Awards 2014 winners please click here.