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GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET COMPETITION LAUNCHED

cowesweek2014_021AUDIO: The Government has launched the second Great British High Street competition, giving towns and cities the opportunity to win a share of £50,000.

High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt called on communities across the country to enter the competition and celebrate their success in transforming towns and cities into great places to shop and socialise.

The first Great British High Street competition last year saw 135 communities battle it out to be crowned the nation’s best. Belper in Derbyshire emerged as the overall winner.

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Penny Mordaunt said she wanted to see even more entries this year with communities for the first time having the chance to vote directly for their best loved high street.

She said:

“High streets are a vital part of our economy supporting thousands of jobs in retail and leisure but they are also the heart of all communities providing a great place for friends and family to meet.

“There is so much amazing innovation happening on our high streets. We want to reward the great work that is being done to improve these crucial assets as well as showcase ideas which can be a springboard for others to try.

“The first competition last year was a tremendous success and I want this year to be even better.”

Listen to Penny talk about the competition…

The competition is designed to help revitalise high streets by promoting the great work that is being done and sharing good ideas across the country.

As well as the cash prize, winners will also receive dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts which could range from one to one coaching to advice on digital marketing.

The competition categories are:

• Best city centre high street
• Best town centre high street
• Best market town high street
• Best coastal community high street
• Best village high street
• Best parade of shops
• Best London high street

The nominations will come from throughout the UK and a shortlist will be announced in early August. Those shortlisted will be visited by the Future High Streets Forum judging panel made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business. Residents will be able to vote online when shortlisted candidates are announced.

The Government is committed to reviving the country’s high streets as part of its long-term economic plan and is supporting local shops and businesses with a billion pound package of investment that includes targeted business rate discounts and sensible planning changes.

In addition, the Government last week gave the green light for the introduction of 10 minute parking grace period to make parking in town centres easier. The parking measures are a victory for drivers and one of a number of initiatives brought in by the government to give local shops a fairer deal.

Details of how to enter the competition can be found atwww.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.

The deadline for entries is Friday 17th July 2015.

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