Healthy High Streets top Great British High Street results

A competition to find Britain's best high streets put four Healthy High Streets top of their categories, with Blackburn taking the Overall Winner trophy.

The Great British High Street Competition celebrates the great work that's being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation's high streets.  This year it had more than 900 entries, and the public cast half a million votes for their favourite town centres.

Six high streets supported by BITC's Healthy High Streets programme made it to the shortlist, with four triumphing:

  • Blackburn - taking Overall Champion and Winner of the Town Centre category for the great range of improvements coming from collaboration between its Business Improvement District (BID) and local council.

  • Derby Cathedral Quarter - taking City Location for its hard work attracting investment and building its brand.

  • Falmouth - winning in the Coastal Community for superb events and strong marketing, driven by local collaboration.

  • Stockton - winner of the Rising Star for its transformation to a visitor destination, and innovative digital marketing.

Each winner gets a share of a £100,000 prize pot, plus expert training from Google and Twitter UK.

In addition, Healthy High Street Champion Zabir Khonat of M&S Camden Town was voted Best Manager or Employee of a National Retailer, winning £1,000 and a trophy presented by High Streets Minister Andrew Percy.

Healthy High Streets is BITC's programme to help 100 high streets across the UK revitalise themselves through business expertise and investment.  Find out more about the Healthy High Streets programme.