Great British High Street Award Winners Announced

The Department for Communities and Local Government have announced the winners of the 2016 Great British High Street Awards, congratulating all those involved in creating strong town centres for their communities.

The overall winner and winner of the Local Centre category, Blackburn in Lancashire, was praised for the range of improvements that were put in place by the collaboration between the Business Improvement District and the council.

Blackburn received the £10,000 grand prize, as well as a trophy awarded to them at a ceremony in London yesterday.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:

"Our high streets are going from strength to strength as this year's Great British High Street competition shows.

"Town centres are being revitalised, with vacancy rates falling over the last year, and Blackburn is a great example of how hard work and support for local businesses can turn things around.

"The strong Business Improvement District is working closely with the council to invest in the town and put on a vibrant calendar of events that has seen visitors flock in their thousands to the town centre – long may it continue."

This year's competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. On 18 October 2016, a shortlist of 27 places was drawn up to go through to a month long public vote.

Other winners in the Great British Awards were:

  • City Location winner:  The Cathedral Quarter, Derby
  • Town Centre winner: Blackburn
  • Large Market Town winner: Bridgnorth
  • Small Market Town Winner: Hebden Bridge
  • Coastal Community winner: Falmouth
  • Local Centre winner: Hoole, Chester
  • Village winner: Pateley Bridge
  • London winner: Myddleton Road, Haringey
  • Rising Star winner: Stockton

Winners in each category get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000 as well as expert training from Google's digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, and a trip to Twitter UK's London office to boost their social media skills.

More information about the Great British High Street campaign can be found at

This entry was posted by Leah on Tue, 13/12/2016 - 13:28