• Great British High Street Awards 2018 – Finalists revealed

    Thirty-eight High Streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been shortlisted in this year’s Great British High Street Awards 2018.

    The awards, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognise and celebrate local achievements on High Streets and shine a light on great examples of how they can meet the challenges of changing consumer behaviour and a changing retail environment.

    After a selection process led by a panel of independent judges, 26 high streets have been shortlisted in the Champion high street category, which aims to find the UK’s best high street, while 12 high streets have been shortlisted in the Rising Star category, which aims to find the UK’s most ambitious high streets.

    Shortlisted high streets – Champion category

    Queen Street, Amble, Northumberland (Northumberland County Council)
    Gloucester Road Bishopston, Bristol (Bristol City Council)
    Wimborne Town Centre, East Dorset (East Dorset District Council)
    High Street Alton, Alton, Hampshire, (Alton Town Counci)l
    Worcester High Street, Worcester (Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council)
    The Pantiles, Chapel Place and High Street Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Tunbridge Wells Borough Council)
    Hull Trinity Market and Hepworth’s Arcade, Kingston upon Hull, (Hull City Council)
    St Albans City Centre, Holywell Hill, George Street, High Street, Catherine Street and St Peter’s Street, St Albans (St Albans City & District Council)
    Guildford High Street, Guildford, Surrey (Guildford Borough Council)
    The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk (Suffolk Coastal)
    Altrincham High Street, (Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council)
    Poole High Street, Poole, Dorset, (Borough of Poole)
    Original Richmond Market Town, Richmond, (Richmondshire District Council)

    Alness High Street, Alness (Highland Council)
    ‘Avenue 77’ – (A77- Pollokshaws/Kilmarnock Road Corridor), Glasgow
    Main Street / High Street, Turriff, Aberdeenshire Council
    High Street, Kirriemuir, Angus Council
    Kirkwall High Street , Orkney, Orkney Islands Council
    High Street Newport-on-Tay, Fife

    Holywell, Flintshire, (Flintshire County Council)
    Broad Street/High Street, Welshpool, Powys, (Powys County Council)
    Crickhowell High Street, Crickhowell, Powys, (Powys County Council)
    Carmarthen Town, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire (Carmarthenshire County Council)

    Northern Ireland
    Cookstown Town Centre, Cookstown, (Mid Ulster District Council)
    Portadown Town Centre, Portadown, (Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council).
    High Street/Market Street Omagh, (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council).

    Shortlisted high streets – Rising Star category

    Northwich, Cheshire, (Cheshire West and Chester Council)
    Burnley Road, Todmorden (Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council)
    Barnes High Street and Church Road, Barnes, London, (London Borough of Richmond upon Thames)

    Prestwick Main Street, Prestwick, (South Ayrshire Council)
    High Street, Newport-on-Tay, Fife
    Ayr High Street, Ayr, (South Ayrshire Council)
    Pendre, Priory and High Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion, (Ceredigion County Council)
    Narberth, Narberth, Pembroke, (Pembrokeshire County Council)
    Cowbridge High Street, Cowbridge, The Vale of Glamorgan, (Vale of Glamorgan Council)

    Northern Ireland
    Main Street, Larne, County Antrim, (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council)
    Bow Street, Lisburn City Centre, Lisburn Castlereagh, (Lisburn Castlereagh City Council)
    Armagh City Centre, County Armagh, (Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council)

    The 38 finalists will 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.

    Those interested in participating in the public vote can visit thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk for more information. The winning entries for both the Champion and Rising Star categories will be announced on 15 November 2018 at an awards ceremony in London.

    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 6 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.”


    Stuart O'Brien

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