MP urges county to showcase what it has to offer in Great British High Streets Awards

Victoria Atkins

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A Lincolnshire MP is urging the county to put itself in the shop window for The Great British High Streets Awards 2015.

The awards celebrate the hard work of local groups who working together to support their local high streets and make them even better places to shop and socialise.

Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins is calling on Lincolnshire entrants to put themselves forward for the competition.

She said: “This is a chance to show the rest of the country that we have very special high streets in this area and to encourage more visitors to our market towns and villages.

“I encourage everyone to take part and help boost ourhigh streets.”

Winners of each category will benefit from a share of an £80,000 prize pot. Additionally, up to 100 retailers in each of the seven winning locations will be given training, courtesy of Google, on how to make the most of their digital skills.

This year a new prize has also been launched for towns who have become ‘rising stars’ or for local people who have made an invaluable personal contribution to their local high streets.

Nominations for this year’s awards will run until September 1 and the seven categories are:

● Best city centre high street

● Best town centre high street

● Best market town high street

● Best coastal community high street

● Best village high street

● Best parade of shops

● Best London high street

Judges will select a shortlist of 21 finalists. For the first time the public will have the chance to vote directly for their best-loved high street online.

Entrants also get a competition pack filled with helpful top tips to promote their entry alongside banners, logos and posters.

For details on how to enter see www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk and follow the competition on twitter @TheGBHighSt.