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Blackburn takes title

Town wows Great British High Street judges as Hebden Bridge breaks voting record

AFTER four weeks of campaigning, 27 judges’ visits, and more than half a million votes, Blackburn has been named as the Great British High Street Of The Year 2016.

Winning the Local Centre category, Blackburn wowed the judges to be named overall champion too with the range of improvements put in place by the collaboration between the Business Improvement District and the council.
The judges – pictured at their final session with the special cake – concluded: “The Best High Street in Britain for 2016, their hard work to turn around the town is an inspiration to High Streets across the country.”
Following the devastating floods of last year, Hebden Bridge bounced back to 95 per cent occupancy and earned the Small Market Town category – plus the special People’s Choice Award after receiving a record-breaking 40,000 votes, the most ever cast for one place in the history of the competition.
And with social media giant Twitter joining the competition for the first time this year, Fleetwood Beach Kiosk – @FleetwoodBeach – took the inaugraul 2016 #BestGBTwitterShop title in the category aimed at highlighting independent shops that are using the platform innovatively to promote their business and drive footfall to their local high street. The full list of winners and runners-up is below.


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Great British High Street 2017 Winners

City Location winner Derby
Runners Up: Castle Arcade District, Norwich, & Broadmead, Bristol

Town Centre winner Blackburn
Runners Up: Banbury, Oxfordshire, & Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Large Market Town winner Bridgnorth
Runners Up: Hinckley, Leicestershire, & Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Small Market Town winner Hebden Bridge
Runners Up: Chipping Norton and Thame, Oxfordshire

Coastal Community winner Falmouth
Runners Up: Prestatyn, Wales, & Sea View Street, Cleethorpes

Local Centre/Parade of Shops winner Hoole
Runners Up: Claygate, Surrey, & The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

Village winner Pateley Bridge
Runners Up: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, & Langport, Somerset

Rising Star winner Stockton
Runners Up: Leominster, Herefordshire, & Dornoch, Scottish Highlands

London winner Myddleton Road, Haringey
Runners Up: Lower Marsh & The Cut, Waterloo, & Romford High Street

The 2016 People’s Choice Award
Hebden Bridge

High Street Heroes

Best independent store manager or employee winner Adam Makey, Niche Comics, Huntingdon
Runners Up: Tracey Lawler, The Dressing Room Boutique, Prestatyn, & Wendy Howell, Design Essentials, Saffron Walden

Best national store manager or employee winner Zabir Khonat, Marks & Spencer, Camden
Runners Up: Sally Francis, Boots, Mansfield, & Simon Dicken, Wilko Bedminster (Bristol)

Retail Market Champion winner Nicola Martin, Tameside Markets
Runners Up: Chris Hurdman, Thame, & Beverley Milner-Simonds, Burnham On Sea

Best Under 25 winner Emily Cotterill, Winchester Business Improvement District
Runners Up: Cameron Bennett, Waitrose Horley, Reigate, & Imogen Haverty, The Tea Set, Chipping Norton


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