Rochdale High Street in the North West of England has been shortlisted in the Government’s Great British High Street Awards, in proud partnership with Visa, putting them in the running for up to £15,000.
After a rigorous selection process led by a panel of independent judges, the high street has been shortlisted for the Rising Star category, which celebrates high streets which are taking the lead to adapt and diversify.
The bid by Rochdale Business Improvement District follows research commissioned by Visa in April 2019 demonstrating the positive impact that the local high street has on communities.
High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said:
“Congratulations to Rochdale for being shortlisted for the Rising Star Award for this year’s Great British High Street Awards. There’s been some brilliant work to provide start up grants to independent retailers in the town, as well as a programme to renovate old buildings. Rochdale is a superb example of how our high streets should be promoting both their historical roots and new, creative endeavours.
“High streets like this one define the spirit of ambition and innovation shared by towns across the Northern Powerhouse which are helping give new energy to their local economies.
“High streets make people happier, and people want to see their hard-earned cash support local businesses. That is why we are celebrating those that go above and beyond to keep their high streets thriving for generations to come.”
Rochdale High Street is one of the 28 high streets that have been shortlisted for the Rising
Star category, identifying high streets which are taking the lead to adapt and diversify. 12 high streets have been shortlisted in the Champion High Street category, which recognises the UK’s best high streets. All 40 high streets are now in the running to win a prize of up to £15,000 to be dedicated to a local high street initiative.