Last week the nationwide competition revealed the twenty-one best high streets in Britain – three finalists in each of the seven categories.
Newquay just missed out on the final but the judging panel were so impressed by the great strides made in improving their local high street, in particular the investment by the BID in events intended to increase visitor numbers and extend the season, that they awarded them a special Rising Star award and £1000 cash.
High Streets Minister Marcus Jones said: “We had a record amount of high-quality entries to this year’s competition –testament to the pride local people have and brilliant work being done to boost Britain’s high streets.
“The local high street is the life and soul of many towns, villages and cities across the country and these awards are a great opportunity to not only celebrate those that are the best of the best, but also to help others learn their valuable tips for success.
The Great British High Street Competition 2015 – sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks and Spencer and Tesco – is now in its second year and is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.
These include a billion pound package of investment ranging from targeted business rate discounts, sensible planning changes and action that reins in over-zealous parking practices.
Eve Woodridge,BID Manager said: “We’re proud of Newquay being recognised as a high street on the up and the recognition for the work of Newquay BID and we hope this will be a real boost for the town.
“We’ve been working hard to make a Newquay better place to live and work and we’ll use this Rising Star award to spur us and win next year’s competition.”
This year’s competition saw a record 230 applicants and now, for the first time, the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online. Between now and November you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk or on Facebook.
Alongside the public’s votes shortlisted towns will also be inspected by the Future High Streets Forum judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business.
Voting closes in November.
For more information about Newquay BID please contact Eve or Alice on 01637 498599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.