Following the launch of the Great British High Street Awards 2019, the search is on for the Champion and Rising Star High Streets, with an opportunity to win up to £15,000 as a contribution towards a street party, community initiative or sustainability programme.
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 by successfully transforming for the future through new technologies and digital connectivity, as well as having excellent sustainability and environment programmes, and revolutionary innovative initiatives demonstrating fresh thinking and challenging convention.
In the Rising Stars categories, the organisers are looking for 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, to include gift shops, who each have up to four stores.
In 2018, independent gift retailer David Robertson managing director of gift shop Bijou in Elgin and JP Pozzi in Buckie – a past Greats Award winner – won the prestigious High Street Hero Scotland category at the Great British High Street Awards.
This year, there will be 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.