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Bishy is best

York community named at Great British High Street winner

After six weeks of campaigning, 21 judges’ visits, nearly 200,000 votes and one very tough judges’ meeting, the results of the Great British High Street competition have been announced with York’s Bishy Road coming out top.

A 2014 runner-up and winner of this year’s Local Centre category, the judges said Bishy Road wowed them with passion, innovation and community spirit become the Great British High Street Of The Year.

The awards ceremony was held at London’s Admiralty House where the judges said: “From its innovative app to its legendary parties, Bishy Road impressed us at every turn.”

Minister for High Streets Marcus Jones added: “Bishy Road fully deserves their title of Britain’s best High Street and I congratulate them on their good work.

“We’ll be sharing Bishy’s top tips with other High Streets across the country to make sure others learn from their success."

There were 230 entries to this year’s competition which the judges said show there is great work going on around the country to support British High Streets, with 21 being chosen as finalists in the seven categories.

Bishy Road was picked as the winner of winners, taking over from Belper in Derbyshire, named as the top High Street last year, while Faulkner Street in Hoole was named Best Newcomer in an extra category.

Great British High Street category winners

City Location (population over 200,000) – Northampton
Northampton’s St Giles Street won through its innovative approach to transforming the shops and High Street. By bringing in residential development, developing a new cultural quarter and boosting digital capacity, Northampton is a shining example of a High Street turning itself around.
Runners-up Bradford’s North Parade & Mill Road, Cambridge

Town Centre – Rotherham
In an incredibly close category Rotherham just beat its competitors to claim the title due to its incredible support for start-up businesses and local retailers.
Runners-up – Altrincham & Tamworth

Market Town – Helmsley
Helmsley fought off fierce competition with its business group showing passion and collaboration, and impressive marketing and local branding.
Runners-up Chipping Norton & Colne

Coastal Community – Amble
Judges were impressed by the collaboration between Amble’s local businesses and the new Harbour Village development.
Runners-up – Prestatyn & Bognor Regis

Local Centre – Bishy Road
Bishy Road wowed the judges with passion, innovation and community spirit. From its innovative app to its legendary parties, Bishy Road impressed at every turn.
Runners-up – Hoole & Bath Place, Taunton

Village – West Kilbride
This category showed that big does not mean better. West Kilbride shone for transforming itself as a craft village, supporting local artists and turning around the village with creativity and enthusiasm.
Runners-up – Brigg & Twyford

London – Pitshanger Lane, Ealing
After a truly impressive campaign to galvanise the local vote, Pitshanger is the deserving winner. With its great community spirit, social media campaign and a commitment to supporting local retailers, Pitshanger delighted the judges.
Runners-up – Raynes Park & Roman Road

Best Newcomer – Faulkner Street, Hoole
While all 21 finalists wowed the judges and public there was one runner-up with whom the judges were especially impressed so chosen to recognise one of the runners-up as this year’s Best Newcomer. Hoole showed passion, humour and heart throughout the competition and demonstrated outstanding achievements over a short period of time. By working with both independents and national retailers and their commitment to growing the evening economy, the team have put Hoole on the map.

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