Gloucester Road in running to win £15,000 Great British High Street prize

September 28 2018

Gloucester Road has been shortlisted in this year’s Great British High Street Awards 2018, putting it in the running to win a £15,000 prize.

 The shopping district, known  for its independent shops, has been shortlisted in the Champion category of the awards. 

 The shortlisted high streets will battle it out in a public vote, which accounts for 30 per cent of the final scoring, and will then have the chance to impress an expert judging panel as they seek to be crowned Britain’s best. 

 Public votes are needed to get through to the next round. You can show your support for Gloucester Road by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #MYHIGHSTREET and #GBHSBristol to register a vote. 

The winning entries for both the Champion and Rising Star categories will be announced on November 15 at a ceremony in London.

 The bid by Gloucester Road Business Improvement District followed research commissioned by Visa, sponsor of the 2018 Great British High Street Awards, which revealed promising signs of renewed confidence in the country’s high streets despite a challenging retail environment. 

Visa found that more than half of the nation’s independent retailers interviewed are optimistic about the future of their local high street, while four out of five shoppers would miss it if it was no longer there.

 High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: “I’d like to extend my congratulations to Gloucester Road for being shortlisted as one of the UK’s best high streets in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The calibre of entries has been extraordinary, with each showing the passion, innovation and technological advancement needed to meet the challenges faced by independent high street retailers today. 

“We’ll now embark on a six-week tour of the UK, visiting each of the shortlisted high streets before making our final decisions. 

 Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK & Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, added: “Gloucester Road is a fantastic example of a high street which has made huge strides in transforming itself to offer a range of different experiences for locals and visitors alike. In particular, its entry highlighted how the street has been rejuvenated by building links between traders and local schools, charities and other organisations, and the area has been creatively re-branded to give it a new identity that the community and businesses can engage with.”

 The Great British High Street Awards 2018  will name one winner in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland  in each category. 

An overall winner will also be named.

 For more information about the Great British High Street Awards 2018 terms and conditions and details on how to vote, visit: http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk