These awards recognise and celebrate the local achievements of high streets across the UK, supporting the communities they serve and offering a chance to win funding for local area improvements.
Communities across the UK are being urged to back their local high streets by entering them into the Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards, which are now open for 2019. The competition celebrates the work being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets and is an opportunity for councils, businesses and local groups to come together and share knowledge and expertise.
This year’s winners will receive a share of £60,000, coupled with dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts. Individual high streets are eligible to win up to £5,000 as a contribution towards a street party, a local community initiative or a sustainability programme. Two overall UK winners will receive an additional £10,000.
Winners will be named in each of the four UK nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – across two categories: Champion High Streets and Rising Star High Streets. The Champion High Street category will recognise the nation’s best high streets whilst the Rising Star High Street category will recognise the most ambitious high streets, which are taking the lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify.
To enter a high street, applicants will need to be a representative of a Business Improvement District, local authority, parish council, town team, coastal community team, town centre partnership, community interest company, Chambers of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) or trading association.
Shortlisted finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony in London towards the end of the year to celebrate the high streets that are succeeding and influencing change.
The deadline for applications to be received is 4 July 2019.