Keeping Wiltshire High Streets open for business

By Anita Jaynes on 4 August, 2015

The Great British High Street Awards 2015 are open for entry. This year, the competition is back and it is bigger and better.

The Future High Streets Forum is looking for the nation’s best high streets across seven categories including, local centre, market town, village category and town centre. There wasn’t a 2014 winner in Wiltshire, so lets work together to champion how great our county’s towns are.

This government initiative has been formed to promote the importance of shopping locally and keeping local communities alive.

Wiltshire high streets have the opportunity to win investment from Google to help their high street survive and raise the awareness of shopping locally to keep their economy growing.

Small business champion Alison Edgar, who represents Small Business Saturday as National Ambassador and Enterprise Nation as Regional Champion and campaigns regularly for entrepreneurs to support each other said: “I’m thrilled the government are incentivising high streets to apply for the competition and raise awareness of how important it is to support local shops to keep them alive.”

Marcus Jones, Minister for High Streets, Town Centres and Markets wants to see more entries this year. He said: “Last year’s competition was a huge success, highlighting the wonderful work that local communities are putting in to support their much loved high streets. People really do cherish their local high streets and these awards are a great opportunity to reward the great work going on up and down the country. So start getting those entries in.”

To find out more about the awards and to enter click here

The deadline for the awards is Tuesday 1 September 2015

Pictured above: Chippenham high street