Chipping Norton needs your votes in a national competition to find Britain’s best high street.
Two weeks into the six-week public voting period, a rankings release by the Great British High Street Competition has revealed that in the Market Town category, Chipping Norton is currently in second place.
But with four weeks to go until voting closes, that could all change.
Winners in each of the seven categories get a share of a prize pot worth £80,000 which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce for one hundred of their shops, bars and restaurants.
With the public vote making up 50% of final decision, the team behind the Amble bid urging local people to get behind their bid for glory.
Shaun Fagan, bid leader, said: “Over the past year we’ve made every effort to make Chipping Norton a better place to work, shop and socialise.
“That’s why we are delighted that that we’ve been recognised as one of the top 3 high streets in the Market Town category and one of the best in the country.
“But to help us get over the line and be ranked Britain’s best, we need local people to get online and get voting.”
This year’s Great British High Street Competition is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government and sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks and Spencer and Tesco.
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.
Marcus Jones, High Streets Minister, said: “The local high street is the life and soul of many towns, villages and cities across the country. 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.
“Chipping Norton did fantastically well to make it into the final three but now they need your help to get them title of Britain’s best. “If you care about your local high street then show your support and get voting.”
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 13 November you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk or on Facebook.
Already two weeks in, nearly 50,000 votes have been cast.
Alongside the public vote each finalist will be visited by an expert judge – one of a panel of industry experts from the Future High Streets Forum. The judges have a 50% say on who wins the competition.
The twenty-one finalists for the Great British High Streets competition were announced on October 1. Voting closes November 13.
This year’s competition also sees prizes for the ten ‘rising stars’ and special recognition awards to people or places that have made an invaluable contribution to their local high streets.
The first Great British High Street competition last year saw 135 communities battle it out to be crowned the nation’s best. Belper in Derbyshire emerged as the overall winner. Belper found that winning not only boosted town pride, but also had a tangible economic impact with retailers reporting increased footfall.
To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.