The UK Government is once again seeking to identify Britain's best high streets and there is only a week to enter the Great British High Street Awards.

As in 2018, there are two categories that towns can enter: Champion High Streets and Rising Star High Streets. Those applying for Champion recognition should, according to the Awards guidance, "be providing exemplary customer experience, be successfully transforming for the future through new technologies and digital connectivity, have excellent sustainability and environment programmes, and revolutionary innovative initiatives demonstrating fresh thinking and challenging convention.".

Those seeking Rising Star recognition "should be in the process of providing strong customer experience, planning for transforming for the future through new technologies and digital connectivity, have some sustainability and environment programmes, and show innovative fresh thinking to challenge convention.".

Entries can be submitted by Business Improvement Districts, Local Authorities, Town Teams, Town Partnerships, Coastal Community Teams, Chambers of Commerce, Parish Councils, Trader Associations or groups of 5 or more independent businesses.

Full detail in how to submit an application and what needs to be clear in the entry are available on the Awards' website. All entries have to be submitted by 23.59 on 4th July.

If you are wondering whether you should submit an entry, we have some advice from our Co-Chair, Simon Quin, who was a judge for last year's awards and attended the launch of the 2019 awards, along with Minister Heather Wheeler MP, MHCLG representatives, sponosrs Visa, and a host of high street supporters:

"The enthusiasm we as judges experienced in visiting towns, and from meeting with the winners at the Awards ceremony was amazing. By entering, local partnerships were able to engage more stakeholders and businesses in helping make their town better. The actual process of completing the application form makes you think about your town as others may see it, and can form a useful state-of-play report for stakeholders. Those who were successful last year, not only created good feeling in the town, but used local press, TV and social media to boost their profile and attract new customers and spend. I think all local partnerships should give serious consideration to entering this highly regarded national award. I am delighted it is back."