28 Jul 2016

Economy, Enterprise, Business and Jobs

Help celebrate the best of Bristol

People are being encouraged to celebrate the city’s vibrant high streets by nominating the best of Bristol’s business people, shopkeepers, residents and volunteers for a national award.

It is no secret that Bristol has a strong independent flair and it is home to some of the best and most diverse high streets, markets and local shopping centres in the country.

Why not let the world know how valued these areas and people are by entering them in this year’s Great British High Street of the Year Award?

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place with responsibility for the Economy, said: “Bristolians cherish their local centres, high streets and markets – they’re central to our communities, not just places to shop – and this nationwide, high-profile competition offers the opportunity to celebrate the hard work and determination of local people across the city that make them so special.

“Anyone can make a nomination, so if you are working in a local team or know of any business improvement districts, town teams or traders’ associations that deserve the spotlight, why not enter?

“Winners get the chance to receive a cash prize of up to £10,000 and a range of mentoring and training opportunities, including digital training from Google.”

The 2016 competition has been expanded to ten categories, including Local Centre, Town Centre and Rising Star, which recognises towns that are turning their fortunes around.

There are also categories for individuals, including Best Store Manager or Employee from an Independent or Small Business, Best Market Manager, Operator, Trader or Farmer, and Best Under 25-Year-Old.

Nominations are open on the Great British High Street website until Friday 9 September.  For more information visit http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-award.