For the second year in a row, Chipping Norton has reached the finals of the prestigious Great British High Street of the Year Awards.
What this means for Chippy
Our town is back in the national spotlight, and set to benefit once again from heightened media attention and a boost to our national profile.
We’re poised to make a splash in the Small Market Town category, with a rebranded website, town centre wi-fi on its way and new business and sponsorship schemes heralding a sustainable future for ECN.
Chippy also boasts a potential High Street Hero, with the 2016 shortlisting of Tea Set staffer Imogen Haverty in the category of ‘Best under 25 involved in the high street’.
How you can help
We need your help in scoring the double and showing everyone why Chippy is one of Britain’s most enterprising and hospitable destinations.
Public voting starts today, so we need everyone casting a vote and all hands on deck to ensure a win for both Chippy and Imogen in this year’s competition!
Four ways to help #Chippy2Win
- Visit Chippy2Win.com, make one vote per email address per day for Chippy to be crowned Best Small Market Town of the Year. If you have more than one email, feel free to use it for extra votes!
- Cast your vote for Imogen Haverty to be crowned national High Street Hero, and show the UK why Chippy customer service is second to none.
- Sponsor ECN and advertise your business via our exciting digital platform. Help Chippy Means Business prosper and grow.
- Volunteer your time and services to help ECN’s #GBHighSt campaign, as well as helping us achieve our longer-term business, tourism and community goals.
Chippy will be competing against Hebden Bridge, in Yorkshire, and Oxfordshire neighbour Thame for a prize of £10,000.
Judging will be split between the public vote – starting today and closing on 18 November – and a judges’ visit which assesses each town up close on its achievements.
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This year’s #GBHighSt competition drew a record 900 entries across 14 categories, including new gongs for individual High Street Heroes and shops.
Let’s go one better than 2015
Chippy took silver in last year’s competition, narrowly pipped by Helmsley in Yorkshire, while winning the highest public vote in the market town category and scoring 10/10 for Innovation.
And ECN Chairman Shaun Fagan received a Special Recognition Award for his “outstanding contribution” to the high street.
Building on our rebranded website, strong social media channels and digital innovations, ECN is focusing on better ways to promote business, tourism, heritage and broader community interests to boost Chipping Norton’s national profile.
“Experience Chipping Norton continues to evolve and we’re focused on delivering real outcomes which showcase Chippy as a great place to live, work and visit,” Shaun said.
Vote now and become a volunteer to help Chippy go one better this year and become Britain’s best market town.