Great British High Street 2019

Angus towns and villages have been urged to follow Kirriemuir’s lead from 2018 and enter the Great British High Street Awards this year.

The “wee red toun” was a finalist in the champion category of last year’s competition, run by the UK Government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 edition.

And local MP Kirstene Hair has called on all Angus burghs to consider submissions for the awards, which mark entrants against four pillars of success: community, customer experience, environment and digital transformation.

Shortlisted high streets are eligible for a £15,000 cash prize for their local community and local merchants

Kirrie joined the Newport in Fife among 26 national finalists, with the winner Crickhowell picked from the shortlist by a public vote.

Scottish conservative Ms Hair said:

“I was delighted when Kirrie was in the running for the UK’s best high street last year.

“It was an impressive achievement as there were a record number of entries.

“Although it’s a tough competition, that just shows what can be achieved.

“And with a cash prize plus events support, I’d urge all town centre action groups and local business associations to get involved.”

Interested groups can email kirstene.hair.mp@parliament.uk for advice on entering the competition, and visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/ for more information.