UK towns battle it out for High Street Awards
Retailers across the UK are vying for votes in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. This year’s competition has seen a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.
Tunbridge Wells has been named as one of the top three in the Parade of Shops category, alongside Hoole in Chester and The Parade in Claygate. The Pantiles is home to bira member Sarah Wood, who owns cookshop Trevor Mottrams.
Land owner of the Upper Pantiles, Targetfollow’s CEO, Corin Thoday said: “It is a real honour to be shortlisted for this year’s awards. Our traders, events team, and asset managers are working incredibly hard to ensure that The Pantiles realises its goal of becoming a top national retail, food and beverage and entertainment venue. To be short listed for an award is very encouraging. We are truly proud of what we have achieved up to this point and we are excited to see where we can take The Pantiles next. Please vote for The Pantiles but more importantly, come and experience this wonderful promenade for yourself.”
Bridgnorth High Street is also a finalist, alongside Market Harborough and Hinkley, both in Leicestershire, as one of the top 3 in the Large Market Town category. Bridgnorth members include Bakers & Cooks, Irish Inspiration, Mower Mec, Roobarb Retail and Parker Taylor.
Sarah Stevens of Buy Big in Bridgnorth and Sally Themans of Love Bridgnorth who put in the town’s entry said: “We’re proud of Bridgnorth being at the centre of one of Britain’s best High Streets and we hope this will be a real boon for the town. We’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure local people know about Bridgnorth’s shortlisting. Now we just need everyone to show their support and get voting.”
bira’s National President Vin Vara has also been canvasing for votes in the London Category for Lower Marsh & The Cut.
Judges have visited each town with their votes making up 50% of the vote, the other half is left up to the public. Voting is open until 18 November and you can vote at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk .