Walker encourages support for Worcester in Great British High Street Awards

City MP Robin Walker has thrown his support behind Worcester in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

The awards represent an excellent opportunity to celebrate the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify high streets up and down the country, and this year’s awards are bigger and better than ever with a wide range of categories. As well as recognising the nation’s best high streets through the Champion High Street category, there will also be prizes recognising the nation’s most ambitious high streets – those places that are making an effort to improve their space will be honoured in this year’s Rising Star category. High streets are eligible to win up to £10,000 for their local community, plus on-the-ground support and events from the campaign street teams. Retailers, small businesses and the public will also have the opportunity to participate in a spend and win competition.

Worcester’s entry is being coordinated by the City Council and the Business Improvement District (BID) team, and the focus is on promoting small businesses and the fantastic range of independent retailers that make up the city’s vibrant high street.

Speaking at the launch of the Awards, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP said:

“The Great British High Street Awards acknowledge in a very important way how high streets are so vital to our nation. High streets are crucial in creating jobs, nurturing small businesses and driving local and regional economies. We want to celebrate the best examples of high streets, as well as those individual businessmen and women playing a leading role.”

“The Government is doing everything in our power to ensure high streets continue to thrive.”

Commenting in support of Worcester’s bid, Robin said:

“The awards represent a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate everything Worcester High Street has to offer to locals and visitors alike. We have so many independent businesses to be proud of, as well as the larger stores and restaurants that draw people from far and wide to visit our city.”

“The BID team do sterling work in supporting small businesses in Worcester, and I know they will be putting their all into championing the High Street in these awards. This summer we have the added bonus of the Worcester Stands Tall campaign bringing additional colour to our city centre. Walking around the city centre this week it is clear that people have really taken to the statues, and there are some truly original designs among them – indeed, they have been so popular that The Telegraph has included them in a feature on the UK’s best sculpture trails.”

“I look forward to supporting Worcester’s entry and celebrating the vital role that our High Street plays in the local community.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For full details of the Great British High Street Awards, see https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/

For more information on Worcester BID, see http://www.worcesterbid.com/

For details of the Worcester Stands Tall art trail, see http://www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk