Thame High Street has been named as one of ten Rising Stars in the Great British High Street Competition 2015.
The nationwide competition revealed the twenty-one best high streets in Britain – three finalists in each of seven categories. Winners in each of these categories will get a share of a prize pot worth £80,000. This includes expert training and tips from Google’s training taskforce for one hundred shops, bars and restaurants per category.
Although Thame High Street just missed out on the final, the judging panel were so impressed by the great strides the community in Thame has made in improving their high street that they awarded them a special Rising Star award and £1000 cash, putting the High Street firmly on the map.
The judges were particularly impressed by Thame’s use of social media to promote the town.
High Streets Minister, Marcus Jones, said: “We had 230 high-quality entries to this year’s competition – a record number. This is testament to the pride local people have and the brilliant work being done to boost Britain’s high streets.
“The local high street is the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country. These awards are a great opportunity, not only to celebrate those that are the best of the best, but also to help others learn valuable tips for success.”
The Great British High Street Competition 2015 – sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks & Spencer and Tesco – is now in its second year and supports those working to adapt, revive and diversify high streets.
Mayor of Thame Nichola Dixon, said: “Thame High Street is the heart of our town, and we’re very proud that it has been recognised as a Rising Star in this national competition. This will be a real boon for the town.
“Thame High Street has also just been nominated as one of the Top Ten Greatest Places in England in a competition being run by the Royal Institute of Town Planners, so we are absolutely delighted to receive this second accolade from the Great British High Streets’ judging panel. We will continue to do all we can to continue to make Thame High Street a destination of choice, and to be chosen as a winner in next year’s competition.”
Not for profit and government-funded, the Great British High Street aims to provide resources for high street regeneration and celebrate innovative work going on in high streets across Britain.