Local MP: Time for the Borders to win National High Street Awards

Local MP John Lamont has said the time has come for a Borders Town to do well in the a national competition for the best high street and be in the running for the £15,000 prize fund.

The 2019 Great British High Street Awards, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, seeks to recognise and celebrate local achievements on our high streets.

There are two main categories of awards; Champion High Street for local communities with a focus on customer service and new technology and Rising High Street for up-and-coming communities which are overcoming challenges. Each UK nation is given an award in each of these categories, before an overall British High Street of the Year is picked.

Despite boasting some stunning High Streets, no towns in the Scottish Borders have been shortlisted since the competition began 5 years ago, something local MP John Lamont would like to change.

High Streets can be nominated by local Councils, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Chambers of Commerce, groups of businesses and Community Interest Companies

A shortlist will be drawn up, winners are chosen by a combination of expert panel votes and a nationwide public vote. Despite having some fantastic. Winning entries are eligible for a prize of up to £15,000 for their local community.

Entries close on 4th July 2019.

John Lamont MP, said: “There are some excellent High Streets in the Scottish Borders and I think we could come up with more than one strong entry this year.

“Run by the UK Government, this competition is an exciting opportunity for local communities, with a significant cash prize and national recognition on offer.

“Nominations can be made by councillors as well as local community and business groups. If anyone needs guidance, or if you would like your local High Street nominated, I’d encourage them to get in touch with my office.”


Further information about the Great British High Street Awards can be found here: