St Giles Street in Northampton town centre has been named as one of the country’s best high streets and has been shortlisted in the annual Great British High Street competition.
As one of the top three in the City category St Giles Street needs public votes to be crowned champion.
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, votes can be cast for via www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk or on Facebook.
If St Giles Street wins, not only will it get a share of a prize pot worth £80,000, but it’ll’ win expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce – the Digital Garage on Tour – for 100 of its shops, bars and restaurants.
Proud of the work that has been taking place
Cllr Mary Markham, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said that she was thrilled by today’s announcement: “I am genuinely proud of the work that has been taking place in Northampton to ensure our town centre continues to prosper in the future. I am also proud of the investment the Borough Council has made towards that through the Business Incentive Scheme which has supported new companies and created jobs by turning more empty town centre offices space into homes and by offering incentivised parking.
“It was difficult to choose just one part of the town to enter into these awards but we couldn’t resist highlighting St Giles Street and the Cultural Quarter area with its fabulous niche retail businesses and places to eat and visit. I hope this competition raises the profile of Northampton by putting it on a national stage and, of course, it would be good to win a share of the prize money too.”
Pulling out all the stops
Cllr Markham added: “We’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure local people know about St Giles Street’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 Future High Streets Forum judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business.
Last week, Northampton Borough Council announced plans for major improvements to St Giles Street, Fish Street and St Giles Square with trees, planting and improved pavements and road surfaces.
The Great British High Street Competition 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.
To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.
Voting closes in November.
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