Post office manager calls for high street nominations

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A POST office manager wants people to remember what makes Britain’s high streets great by nominating their local high street as part of a national competition.

Karen Stoneham, who is the manager of the post office in Waterlooville High Street, is urging residents to take part in nominating the street in hopes it will be crowned Britain’s best high street.

The Great British High Street Awards is run by the Future High Streets Forum, which helps revitalise the nation’s high streets. The forum will award the prestigious title of ‘Britain’s Best’ to the streets and individuals that have made the biggest difference and contributed most to their communities.

If Waterlooville High Street is selected as one of the best high streets in Britain it will win a share of a £80,000 prize fund as well as dedicated support, mentoring and marketing advice from industry experts.

Karen said: ‘The Great British High Street Awards is a competition to showcase just what makes the nation’s high streets great places to visit.

‘We’d like to encourage people to nominate their local high street whether that is in our town or one of the smaller ones in the surrounding area.’

Once all the nominations have been collected, it will be down to the public and a panel of expert judges to decide. This year’s winners will be chosen by a 50 per cent ballot of online public votes and 50 per cent by judges.

The scheme is championed by the High Streets Minister Marcus Jones who believes that winning this award can really transform an area.

He said: ‘Last year’s winners saw pride in their town swell, and retailers reported increased footfall.

‘Winning the Great British High Street competition can not only put a spring in local people’s step, but it could result in a tangible economic impact.

‘I hope this year’s competition is going to be even bigger and better.’

Nominations for the competition close on September 1. To find out more or how to nominate visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.