Bristol’s Broadmead is vying for a place in the annual Great British High Street of the Year awards 2016.
The team at Broadmead Business Improvement District (BID) has entered the city’s popular pedestrianised shopping street into the ‘City Location’ category of the annual nationwide search for the most innovative and collaborative high streets.
More than 230 high streets entered last year’s competition, which were eventually whittled down to 21 finalists attracting more than 200,000 public votes.
Around 90 independent shops and cafés can be found at Broadmead, as well as recognisable high street names. Newly opened stores include ladies fashion brand Bonmarché, Slaters menswear and Jack Wills.
Broadmead also links up to other Bristol shopping spots like Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars, and is home to the three-story Galleries indoor shopping centre.
Alongside shopping opportunities, Broadmead regularly hosts activities and events like the recent Summer of Sport, which brought a surf simulator, climbing wall and BMX stunt riders to the city centre. It also partnered with PureGym Broadmead on the recent eight-day Tour of Broadmead static cycle race, raising £2,600 for charities.
Jo Hawkins, Broadmead BID Manager, submitted the nomination for the awards. She says:
“Broadmead keeps on getting better and better. A mix of independent traders, brand names, new openings and the introduction of later trading hours has helped keep the area fresh and appealing to shoppers.
“But it isn’t just about shopping, we’re a key part of the community, supporting our historic neighbours like John Wesley’s Chapel – the oldest Methodist chapel in the world – backing local charities and partnering with local schools and artists. It has all the elements of a Great British High Street and we hope to secure a place on the shortlist so that people can get behind us and vote.”
Once all the entries are in three finalists will be selected per category. An expert judge from the Great British High Street awards will visit the shortlisted places and the public will be asked to vote for their favourite.
Find out more about shopping in Bristol at www.bristolshoppingquarter.co.uk and back Bristol’s entry now on twitter using #GBHighSt.