Broadmead has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition.
Broadmead in Bristol Shopping Quarter has been named alongside Derby and Norwich as one of the top 3 in the city location category. Now, to be crowned champion, Broadmead needs your votes.
This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. Now the shortlist has been drawn up and the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online.
Between now and 18th November you can cast your vote for free via http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/ and each person is allowed to vote once every day. If Broadmead wins, not only will they get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000, but they’ll win expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost their social media skills.
High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said:
“Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and the record number of competition entries, this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.
“From North London to Northumberland, great work is underway to adapt the high street to the needs of modern life.
“I want to wish all who’ve entered the very best of luck.”
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. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.
The Government is helping local business communities adapt to the changing face of high streets, with a £6.7 billion package of business rates support, to cut the rates for 900,000 businesses – with 600,000 now paying none at all.
The second Great British High Street competition last year saw 230 entries and attracted over 200,000 public votes, with Bishy Road in York, a former finalist, crowned Britain’s best. Bishy Road found that winning not only boosted town pride, but also had a tangible economic impact with retailers reporting increased footfall.
Jo Hawkins, Broadmead BID manager hopes that will happen too for Broadmead.
“We’re proud that Broadmead has been selected as one of Britain’s best high streets and we hope this will be a real boon for the area. Broadmead is a fantastic shopping destination and has a great selection of shops ranging from the high street favourites to many quirky, unique independents.
“We’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure local people know about Broadmead’s shortlisting. Now we just need everyone to show their support and get voting.”
Alongside the public’s votes shortlisted towns will also be inspected by the judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business – including British Land, the Post Office and Holland and Barratt.
To cast your vote, visit http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/ and show your support for Broadmead by tweeting using the hashtag #GBHighSt
Voting closes in November.