High streets in region worth celebrating

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Shoppers in the North West are being asked to celebrate their high streets after a new report revealed increasing optimism and the growing popularity of ‘click-and-collect’ services.

A national competition is being launched by High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis, alongside new evidence showing that our high streets are rising to the challenge set by consumers who want increased convenience and more flexibility of services on high streets. In the North West, the number of convenience stores has more than tripled since 2004, and the number of cafes has nearly doubled.

The search, to find and celebrate the best high streets in the country, is being run by the Future High Street Forum and the Association of Town Centre Managers. There are six separate categories: City Centre; Town Centre; Market Town; Coastal Community; Village and parade of shops.

Brandon Lewis said: “This competition will discover where the Great British High Streets are and celebrate their brilliance.

“I want the public to tell my panel of experts why their area should win.

“The most popular will get all the accolades that come with being named the best in Britain when we announce the winners in autumn.”

Visit: www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.