GBHighSt judges have pored over every square inch of Chipping Norton to mark the Cotswold town’s second shot at becoming one of Britain’s best high streets.
A finalist in the market town category for the second year in a row, Andy Torrance of Holland and Barrett and a Department of Communities and Local Government representative put Chippy through its paces on Friday 4 November.
The Chippy way
With the formalities done, ECN chairman Shaun Fagan and District Councillor Guy Wall took the judges on a walking tour of Chippy’s shops, businesses and town centre attractions.
Along the way, they spoke with independent traders, supermarket managers and restaurant staff about how Chippy had successfully integrated large, small and micro businesses on the high street.
The two-hour visit concluded with a reception at the Chippy Theatre – where judges were treated to ECN cupcakes courtesy of Chipping Norton Tea Set, which once again took care of the catering.
Mr Fagan said Chippy was decked out in balloons and bunting and full of expectation despite the cold weather.
The judges saw how in Chippy we have big national brands and independents working together and a number of ECN ventures promoting local business, tourism and heritage attractions.
They were impressed by how much we’ve done on our digital platforms to include every aspect of the local community – Shaun Fagan
Like last year, the Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2016 are decided by a combination of a public vote and the judges score.
This year more than 900 entries were recieved in 14 categories. For the first time, individuals were included and Chippy’s own Imogen Haverty is fighting it out for the spoils as the Best Under 25 high street employee.
Voting closes on November 18, before winners are announced on 12 December at a special ceremony at Admiralty House in London.
Don’t forget to visit Chippy2Win.com and vote for Chipping Norton every day with every email address.
And vote for Imogen as well. At the time of writing, Chipping Norton and Imogen were both leading the vote in their respective categories.