The public have been invited to vote online for their favourite high street as part of this year’s Great British High Street of the year awards in which a town, village or community can win a share in a £50,000 prize.
Entrants will be judged based on innovation, collaboration and transition and outcomes by both a panel of judges and the general public, who can cast their votes online.
A range of high streets are invited to enter in seven categories including ‘village’, ‘London high street’ and ‘precinct or parade of shops’ by submitting their application online. This year, the awards will also champion a person or project that has shown dedication or a particularly innovative approach to making towns and high streets better.
The competition launch, from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Association of Town and City Management, follows the publication of the ‘Digital High Street Report 2020‘ report from the Digital High Street Advisory Board which was created to further the work of the Future High Street Forum.
The forum is co-chaired by Penny Mordaunt MP Minister for High Streets, Town Centres and Markets, DCLG, and focuses on advising the government how to make better use of existing buildings, bring people back to live in town centres, increase footfall and support shops among others.
The deadline for applications to the award is 17 July. A shortlist of 21 entrants will be announced in August and category winners will be announced in October. Besides the funding, winners will also receive business mentoring and help to promote their high street.
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