Power To The High Street!

Power To The High Street!

by West Sussex County Council

Villages and towns all over the country take part in The Great British High Street Awards, but this year let’s make the crowning champion a Mid Sussex High Street!

Do you love browsing in Burgess Hill or perhaps you are a regular customer in Cuckfield? Or maybe you know a helpful shop worker in Haywards Heath or an excellent employee in East Grinstead?

If you love local shopping then now’s your chance to get your favourite town or village recognised – and they could win a prize package which includes £10,000 cash plus expert advice and training to help boost business in the winning location.

The Great British High Street Competition is now open and looking for nominations from England, Scotland and Wales’ best High Streets. But you’ll need to be quick – nominations close on Friday 9th September 2016.

West Sussex County Council is supporting this year’s competition because we want to help champion the wonderful work going on in High Streets and we believe it should be recognised. And this is our opportunity to shout about it! Let’s make West and Mid Sussex winners this year, and be truly proud of our High Streets.

It’s not just High Streets you can nominate either; if you have a favourite store manager or employee in a particular shop then you can nominate them to be named a ‘high street hero’, and really make their day. It’s easy to enter, and anyone can nominate their local High Street or favourite employee so if you are working in a local team or know of any business improvement districts, town teams or traders associations that deserve the spotlight, why not enter?

Supporting your local area is just as important, so please help them to campaign for their High Street to win. Winners get the chance to receive a cash prize of up to £10,000 and a range of mentoring and training opportunities, including digital training.

Baker - French Stick - BreadFOR PLACES:

  • Village: population between 500 to 2,500 residents
  • Local centre: precinct or parade of shops
  • Market Towns: small – population of less than 10,000
  • Market Towns: large – population between 10,000 – 30,000
  • Town Centre: population of more than 30,000
  • City Location: population of more than 200,000
  • Coastal Community
  • London
  • Rising Star: to recognise towns that are turning fortunes around


  • Best store manager or employee from a national retailer/ organisation
  • Best store manager or employee from an independent/small business
  • Best market manager, operator or trader
  • Best under 25 years old

So if you love popping down to your local parade of shops, you know a store manager whose customer service is second to none, or you love shopping at one of the county’s larger centres, then visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.