Is your High Street award worthy?


Following a years’ break the Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards are back for 2018. The GBHS Awards 2018, a competition run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners including the Institute, recognises and celebrates local achievements on our high streets and supports the communities in which we live and work.

The awards officially launched last week, our chair Prof Cathy Parker represented IPM who are an official supporter of the awards.

“We know, from our projects and research, there are some fabulous examples of high streets that are still very much the bustling hearts of many communities. It is important that the hard work of the retailers, businesses, councils, Business Improvement Districts, partnerships and community groups that make such a difference to our town and city centres is recognised. We are delighted to support this competition as it shows that it is not all doom and gloom on the high street”

New research commissioned to launch the Great British High Street Awards 2018, revealed more than 50% of independent retailers in the North West are optimistic about the future of the high street and 82% of retail shoppers said they would miss local high streets if they were to disappear. The research also reveals many of us predict a rise in cafes, restaurants and bars, highlighting the shift from traditional retail to leisure outlets on our high streets.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP, who attended and spoke at the launch event in London, said: “The Great British High Streets competition this year will celebrate the creativity of the many businesses in the UK which are providing the shops and services so vital to our economy. The previous Awards were hugely successful, proving the Great British public really cares about the centers of their cities, towns and villages. I’d urge everyone to get involved in this important competition.”

The GBHS awards are an exciting opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the leading examples of the ways in which high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

There are two different award categories: Champion high street and Rising Star High Street and winners will be announced across all four UK nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), meaning there are eight awards up for grabs. It is easy to apply for an award, simply visit the GBHS awards website to register your interest. The deadline for submissions is the 22nd August, with shortlisting happening early in September.  

We know that many IPM members do some great work on local high streets up and down the country, so we encourage you to make a submission!