Down Your High Street

The Great British High Street Awards 2018

The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards 2018 are underway – local areas are racing to be named the UK’s best high street!

The GBHS Awards, which are run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by us and other partners, are recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and supporting the communities in which we live and work.

The high street is the life and soul of communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and whether urban, market town or village, all can highlight their achievements by entering the GBHS Awards to be named the UK’s best high street and win up to £10,000! The Awards are also celebrating those individual businesses and people who play a leading role in making our high streets special.

The closing date for local authorities, business improvement districts and other relevant organisations to enter their high street into the Awards is 11.59pm Wednesday 22nd August 2018. 

This year there are two categories – the Champion High Street Award and the Rising Star High Street with the additional opportunity to enter the High Street Hero Award through either category. The Champion High Street category will recognise the nation's best high streets, whilst the Rising Star High Street category will recognise the nation's most ambitious high streets, which are taking the lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify. 

So whether your local high street is already a huge success, it plans on becoming one or you want to nominate individuals who are making a difference on your high street– make sure to contact your local authority or business group and encourage them to get involved and enter! Click here for more information on how to register and enter the Awards and for terms and conditions go to:

Supporting the Awards is a Visa GBHS Spend & Win Competition, rewarding both the consumers and merchants that make our high streets so great. The competition is designed to encourage customers to spend in independent retailers on their local high street for the chance to win weekly prizes for themselves and the businesses they spend in.

Visa Spend and Win competition: 18+, UK only. £10 minimum spend and proof of purchase required. Standard network rates apply for entry. NI: No purchase necessary.

For full terms and conditions visit