The Great British High Street Awards 2016


After 900 entries, 42 amazing finalists the Great British High Street of the Year 2016 went to…

And the winners of each category were…

Town Centre

Category: City Location

The Cathedral Quarter, Derby

In an incredibly close category, Derby took the lead with its hard work to attract inward investment and turn the Cathedral Quarter into a respected brand. Home to over 450 businesses across the retail, professional and leisure sector, Derby is a wonderful example of how to support to all retailers – big and small.

Runners Up: Castle Arcade District, Norwich and Broadmead, Bristol

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Large Market Town

Category: Large Market Town


Lead by a relatively new partnership of local residents, this market town’s application showed how deeply passionate they are about their area. From great events using local history to their innovative Park and Ride scheme, Bridgnorth really impressed the judges and galvanised the local community to vote.

Runners Up: Hinckley and Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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Small Market Town

Category: Small Market Town

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge fought off some fierce competition form Chipping Norton and Thame. The 2015 floods clearly have not dampened the resilience, determination and passion for the Market Town and the bounce back of the high street to 95% occupancy really stood out. After receiving a record breaking 40,000 votes, Hebden Bridge also received the special ‘People’s Choice’ Award for the most votes ever cast for one place in the history of the competition.

Runners Up: Chipping Norton and Thame, Oxfordshire

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Coastal Community

Category: Coastal Community


In an incredibly tough category , Falmouth came out on top. Collaboration is key in this coastal community, with the local authority working closely with the BID and Town Team. The strong marketing and events on offer and the lowest vacancy rate in the South-West, blew our judges away.

Runners Up: Prestatyn, Wales and Sea View Street, Cleethorpes

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Local Centre - Parade of Shops

Category: Local Centre/Parade of Shops


2015’s ‘Best Newcomer’, Hoole returned to this year’s competition with even more passion, innovation and community spirit. By working with both independents and national retailers and their commitment to deliver some amazing events and growing the local economy, the team have put Hoole on the map

Runners Up: Claygate, Surrey and The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

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Category: Village

Pateley Bridge

After a truly impressive campaign to galvanise the local vote, Pateley Bridge is the deserving winner of the village category. Proving big is not always best, this small village high street packs a real punch and over eighteen months has reduced the number of empty units to only 1, when there were 12 previously. With its great community spirit, social media campaign and a commitment to supporting local retailers, Pateley Bridge delighted our judges

Runners Up: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria and Langport, Somerset

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Rising Star

Category: Rising Star


This category was introduced to reward high streets that are turning fortunes around, and Stockton High Street exemplifies this fully. The extraordinary transformation from its industrial past to visitor destination means it now pulls in crowds of up to 65,000 and their innovative "Rediscover Stockton" website & app offers businesses their own free web space to upload offers.

Runners Up: Leominster, Herefordshire and Dornoch, Scottish Highlands

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Category: London

Myddleton Road, Haringey

This winner is an example of the power of local people and business areas working together to support their area. The community has rallied around their local high street- putting on a range of events, working with local partners such as the school and have created a really strong online presence through Twitter and local online forums and using their We Love Myddleton Road brand.

Runners Up: Lower Marsh & The Cut, Waterloo and Romford High Street

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New Category

The 2016 People’s Choice Award

While all 27 finalists wowed the judges and public there was one whose campaign was particularly impressive. Showing that population size doesn’t mean everything - with over 40,000 votes, the most ever received for a place in the history of the competition, the judges chose to recognise one of the winners as this year’s People’s Choice.


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High Street Heroes:

This year’s competition also sought to recognise the individuals who are working hard to making our high streets great. The winners in each of these categories were...

Best independent store manager or employee

Category: Best independent store manager or employee

Adam Makey, Niche Comics, Huntingdon

Adam was just 25 and his brother 21 when they decided to open a comic shop in their local town. His commitment to bring in the younger generation into the high street with evening events and work experience placements is very inspiring.

Runners Up: Tracey Lawler, The Dressing Room Boutique, Prestatyn and Wendy Howell, Design Essentials, Saffron Walden (Essex)

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Best national store manager or employee

Category: Best national store manager or employee

Zabir Khonat, M&S, Camden

Zabir has spearheaded a collaboration between businesses and organisations, working with the police to reduce shoplifting on Camden high street by 50%. Always going beyond the call of duty, Zabir has spent time with store managers in Clapham, Brixton and Lewisham to engage and share his top tips with them.

Runners Up: Sally Francis, Boots Mansfield and Simon Dicken, Wilko Bedminster (Bristol)

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Retail Market Champion

Category: Retail Market Champion

Nicola Martin, Tameside Markets

Nicola embodies today’s modern market manager; she leads a number of thriving markets in Tameside – indoor and outdoor; farmers’, artisan and night markets. Amongst her many achievements, this year Nicola has created an innovative and award winning market at a local hospital to meet the needs of patients and staff alike. Her social media skills and redevelopment of Ashton Under Lyne’s new outdoor market make her a worth winner of this award.

Runners Up: Chris Hurdman, Thame and Beverley Milner-Simonds, Burnham on Sea

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Best Under 25

Category: Best Under 25

Emily Cotterill, Winchester Business Improvement District

Emily delivers creative and engaging projects which support the independent retail scene in Winchester and is the driving force behind Winchester Fashion Week - a jam packed six day programme of fantastic fashion events.

Runners Up: Cameron Bennett, Waitrose Horley, Reigate and Imogen Haverty, The Tea Set, Chipping Norton

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The 2016 #BestGBTwitterShop

This year social media giant, Twitter joined the Great British High Street competition by launching a new category for the best shop on Twitter.

The category is to highlight independent shops that are using the platform innovatively to promote their business and drive footfall to their local high street.

The winner was...


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By all accounts Lancashire’s finest coffee outlet, Fleetwood Beach Kiosk is an example of how even the smallest shop can take to social media to build a business, support their local community and really get customers engaging with you on a daily basis. Blessed with fabulous natural views, the feed actively post pictures of its surroundings, seeks out other local businesses to help support them, and vox pops customers on video to show prospective coffee addicts what’s on offer.

Runners Up: @arteryshop in Banbury and @heartgallery in Hebden Bridge

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