Daventry town centre has been shortlisted for the Rising Star High Street Award and is in the running to be crowned Rising Star High Street of the Year 2019.
The Great British High Street Awards judges will start visiting all ten shortlisted high streets across the UK soon.
The judges’ scores will make up 80% of Daventry’s final score, with the remaining 20% coming from public online voting, which is now open.
The shortlisted entry was submitted by the Daventry Retail Forum, which is an independent community of local retailers who are passionate about improving life in Daventry.
The application demonstrated how this alliance of like-minded businesses across the town are creating a hub for ideas and action to reinvigorate the local economy. Daventry Retail Forum wants to raise awareness of everything the town has to offer and spread the message ‘Discover Daventry’ - they wholeheartedly believe Daventry is a worthy RISING STAR.
Formed in March 2018, the Retail Forum was Inspired by the Totally Locally scheme and has formed strong links with the Town and District Council, Police, Community Groups and most importantly Shoppers, not only from Daventry but surrounding villages.
Chris Sands, founder of Totally Locally, said: “Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our High Streets and Town Centre’s, run by incredibly passionate and knowledgeable people, often pouring their life savings into their businesses.”
“Collaborating, sharing ideas and marketing each other’s businesses sounds simple but it is quite an alien concept to a lot of retailers. Once towns start to work this way it has a massive benefit to residents, businesses and the surrounding supply chain, making the towns a better place to live and work, with better facilities and employment
Lorna White Coordinator of The Daventry Retail Forum said: “We are really proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award run by the Great British High Street and to be in with a chance of winning the £15K first prize for Daventry. To win we need the public to get behind us. You can vote for your town on a DAILY basis by email all the way through until the closing date on 7th October 2019 by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/VoteDaventry. Thank you.”
Research by Visa, partner of the Great British High Street Awards, found that three quarters of consumers (75%) in the East Midlands say that shopping locally makes them feel happy, with over a third (46%) citing supporting local shops and knowing where their money is going as the main reason. Spending time with friends and family (24%) and offering a sense of community (21%) were other reasons cited for why high streets make people feel happier. The research also reveals that over half of consumers (57%) feel that their high street gives them a sense of pride in their local community.
Sundeep Kaur, Chief Judge of the awards and Head of UK & Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, added: “We’ve seen some fantastic entries for this year’s Great British High Street Awards across both the Champion High Street and Rising Star categories. In particular, the desire to innovate stands out amongst this year’s entries, with high streets adapting to the challenges presented by a rapidly changing retail environment to find ways to thrive at a local level.
“As our research shows, high streets play a vital role at the heart of communities, so this is a great opportunity for those communities with shortlisted high streets to show their support by placing their votes on the Great British High Street website.”