At the start of July, Barrow BID entered Barrow’s high street into the Great British High Street Competition, ‘Rising Star’ category. The competition sees towns from across the British Isles compete to win £15,000 towards a community project or event to be staged in the winning town centre.
Now shortlisted for the award, a judging panel from the Great British High Street competition have recently visited the town and looked at the projects, initiatives and events listed in Barrow’s competition application. The judging panel’s score will account for 80% of the total marks, with the further 20% coming from a community vote.
The vote is a chance for Barrovians to back their high street and not only show the UK that we are creating a new town centre environment, but also put the town in with a chance to win the £15,000 prize.
Barrow BID Manager, Colin Garnett said, “The awards recognise the efforts that BID Teams and their partners put in to regenerate and transform their town centre. The UK’s high streets are currently undergoing huge changes with National retailers closing down and shopping trends resulting in a noticeable decrease in footfall throughout the UK. It is vital that towns centres reinvent themselves and look at ways to increase footfall, attract new businesses and manage a change of culture. At Barrow BID we are really proud of our achievements over the past 12 months, we feel our programme of events have attracted locals and visitors to the town and we have delivered a number of initiatives and projects which have increased pride in the town and started the regeneration process.”
Vote here: https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-awards/rising-star-barrow-in-furness