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Hinckley shortlisted for Great British High Street Award

Published Tuesday, 18 October 2016

HINCKLEY has today been named as one of the country’s best town centres by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition.

Hinckley’s town centre has been named alongside Market Harborough and Bridgnorth as one of the top 3 in the Large Market Town category. To be crowned champion, Hinckley now needs townspeople to vote for them.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. Now the shortlist has been drawn up and the public has the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online.

Between now and 18 November people can cast their vote for free via the Great British High Street website

If Hinckley wins, not only will they get a share of prize pot worth £100,000, but they’ll win expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost their social media skills.

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said: “Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and the record number of competition entries, this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.

“From North London to Northumberland, great work is underway to adapt the high street to the needs of modern life. I want to wish all who’ve entered the very best of luck.”

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

The Government is helping local business communities adapt to the changing face of high streets, with a £6.7 billion package of business rates support, to cut the rates for 900,000 businesses – with 600,000 now paying none at all.

Bill Cullen, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Chief Executive Designate, said: “We’re delighted at being named as one of the country’s best high streets through this much-acclaimed national competition. 

“We have worked hard with our partners to make Hinckley town centre a destination of choice for shopping and entertainment despite the economic challenges. The town centre has been undergoing a multi-million pound transformation in recent years and we now have a great ‘offer’ for a market town of our size.”

Councillor Chris Ladkin, Executive Member for Town Centres, added: “This is excellent news and we are extremely proud at Hinckley being shortlisted. We now need everyone to vote for us to ensure we win this great accolade. We want our residents, businesses and visitors to vote for us and help secure even greater support for improving our much-love town centre.”

Alongside the public’s votes shortlisted towns will also be inspected by the judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business – including British Land, the Post Office and Holland and Barratt.

To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.

Voting closes in November.