Hull’s Trinity Market and Hepworth’s Arcade are listed alongside the market town of Richmond amongst 38 UK locations in the running to be the country’s favourite street and to win a £15,000 prize.
They’ll now battle it out in a public vote, which accounts for 30% of the final scoring, and will then have the chance to impress an expert judging panel as they seek to be crowned Britain’s best. The winning entries for both the Champion and Rising Star categories will be announced on Thursday 15th November at an awards ceremony in London.
The announcement of the shortlist follows research commissioned by Visa which revealed promising signs of renewed confidence in the country’s high streets despite a challenging retail environment.
The research from Visa found that more than half of the nation’s independent high street retailers interviewed are optimistic about the future of their local high street, whilst four out of five shoppers would miss their local high street if it was no longer there.
High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: “Congratulations to all 38 high streets shortlisted for this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The awards celebrate the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets and the quality of entries this year has been outstanding.
“Over the next six weeks, they have the chance to impress an expert judging panel as they also battle it out in a public vote for the title of Britain’s best high street. This is a great opportunity to show your support for the hard work taking place on our high streets, so get voting.”
Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK & Ireland Merchant Services at sponsors Visa, added: “At a time when the nation’s high streets are transforming, this year’s Great British High Street Awards shortlist contains some fantastic examples of high streets and merchants which are evolving and embracing change to attract visitors. It is genuinely heartening to see so many businesses and communities that are harnessing their adaptability, resilience and creativity to offer the services and experiences that today’s shoppers want.”
The Great British High Street Awards 2018, which are being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and supporting the communities in which we live and work.
The initiative includes a competition to find the nation’s best high streets, with one winner being named in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for each of the two categories: the Champion and Rising Star awards. An overall winner will also be named.
Author and TV presenter Simon Reeve is a judge for the Great British High Street Awards 2018. He said:“I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting independent high street retailers across the UK and I’ve been blown away by the passion and commitment shown by shopkeepers to keep their high streets alive, especially in this challenging climate. The best examples are those that are listening closely to their customers and innovating to meet their demands. These are the shops and high streets that will stand the test of time.”
The public vote is at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk . Picture: Diamond Geezer, via Flickr.