Altogether 21 locations including Bath Place in Taunton and Roman Road in Tower Hamlets have been named finalists in the Government-run Great British High Street 2015, which is being sponsored by Boots, Costa, Marks and Spencer and Tesco.
Winners in each of the seven categories will share a prize pot worth £80,000, which includes expert training and bespoke tips from Google’s training taskforce for 100 of their shops, bars and restaurants.
Each high street will now be inspected by the Future High Streets Forum judging panel – made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business, while members of the public will also be given the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online.
High streets minister Marcus Jones described the 230 submissions as a ‘record amount of high-quality entries’.
Jones said: “[It is a] testament to the pride local people have and brilliant work being done to boost Britain’s high streets.
“The local high street is the life and soul of many towns, villages and cities across the country and these awards are a great opportunity to not only celebrate those that are the best of the best, but also to help others learn their valuable tips for success.”