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Borough-wide support for Britain's best high street

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Issued on behalf of the Stockton Business Improvement District (BID)

Councillors across Stockton Borough are flying the flag for Stockton in a national competition to find the country’s best high street.

The Council is encouraging residents to vote for the High Street after it was officially shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition. It is one of only three finalists in the running for the “Rising Star” category.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 applications across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

If Stockton High Street is voted winner of the ‘Rising Star’ category, it will receive a share of a prize pot worth £100,000. The High Street’s shops, bars and restaurants will also receive digital training from Google experts as well as a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further develop their social media skills.

Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “Stockton High Street has so much to offer residents and visitors from across the Borough and further afield, so we are delighted that it has been recognised in such a prestigious national competition.

“We are now calling on local people to help us drum up support and vote for the High Street throughout the next few weeks. Voting ends in November and you can vote once per day, so do make sure you take part and encourage your family and friends to show their support too.”

To cast your vote, visit

More than 200 applications were submitted and 200,000 votes cast in last year’s Great British High Street competition which saw Bishy Road in York crowned Britain’s best. Bishy Road found that winning boosted town pride and also made a positive economic impact with retailers reporting increased footfall.

Janice Auton, Chair of the Stockton Business Improvement District (BID), added: “It's great that Stockton-on-Tees' councillors are getting behind the town - this is a fantastic time with our Business Improvement District (BID) just starting and for us to be shortlisted. This accolade will support our long term plans to successfully deliver on our objectives - the 5C's - to create a Confident, Convenient, Competitive, Customer-friendly and Co-ordinated Stockton.”

Alongside the public’s votes, shortlisted towns will also be inspected by the judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business – including British Land, the Post Office and Holland and Barratt. The winners will be announced in December.

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