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The Great British High Street Awards 2019

The search is on for the best High Streets across the UK with the Government and Visa launching this year’s awards

The Great British High Street Awards have returned to recognise and celebrate the communities working to revive their local High Streets with the Ministry Of Housing, Communities & Local Government working with sponsors Visa.

Following the recent launch, entries are now open in the search for the Champion and Rising Star High Streets who are in with a chance of winning up to £15,000 to be used as a contribution towards a street party, community initiative or sustainability programme.

Last year’s overall Champions, and the Welsh winners were Crickhowell High Street, with Alness High Street winning in Scotland, Altrincham Town Centre taking the English title, and Portadown Town Centre coming top in Northern Ireland, and in the Rising Star Awards, Bow Street, Lisburn, won in Northern Ireland; Newport-On-Tay took the Scottish award; Burnley Road in Todmorden won in England, with High Street, Cowbridge, winning in Wales.

The organisers are looking for the UK’s best High Streets, with exceptionally strong local communities who are leading the way by providing exemplary customer experience, be successfully transforming for the future through new technologies and digital connectivity, have excellent sustainability and environment programmes, and revolutionary innovative initiatives demonstrating fresh thinking and challenging convention.

For the Rising Stars, they’re seeking out up-and-coming local communities who are on their way to transforming for the future, putting in the hard work and commitment to overcome barriers and evolve. Eligible organisations include Business Improvement Districts, local authorities, town teams, community groups, trading associations and groups of five or more independent businesses who each have up to four stores.

To enter visit to nominate your High Street for either the Champion or Rising Star Awards.

All entries will be judged to select four Champion Award national winners for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, four Rising Star Award national winners, and one from each category will be named overall High Street Of The Year and Rising Star Of The Year.

The prizes are £5,000 for each Champion Award and Rising Star Award winner, plus £10,000 each for the two overall winners. Visit for full terms and conditions and prize details.

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