These 12 towns have the best high streets in the UK – where are they?
Supporting local shops is important to lots of people which makes having a good high street very desirable. In fact, 73 per cent of people said shopping locally makes them feel happy, according to new research commissioned by Visa. The study showed half of all consumers feel a sense of pride from their high street, which makes having good local shops even more important. The best high streets in Britain have been shortlisted for the Great British High Street Awards 2019, do you live near one of them?
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Top high streets in the UK
1. Hitchin Town Centre, Hitchin
2. Freeman Street, Grimsby
3. Belper Town, Belper
4. Turriff High Street, Turriff
5. Prestwick Main Street, Prestwick
6. Alness High Street, Ross-Shire
7. Narberth High Street, Narberth
8. Swansea High Street, Swansea
9. Treorchy High Street, Treorchy
10. Newtownards High Street, Newtownards
11. Enniskillen Town Centre, Enniskillen
12. Bow Street, Lisburn
So what makes these high streets the best in the UK?
The top high streets is been based on those which put in extra effort to keep them going, High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP explained.
He said: “High streets make people happier, and people want to see their hard-earned cash supporting the local economy.
“That is why we are celebrating those that go above and beyond to keep their high streets thriving for generations to come.
“Inspiring high streets like these will play a key role in the Government’s vision to boost local growth and level up our regions.”
Not only were there 12 high streets nominated for the best, other high streets across the country were shortlisted as ones making significant improvements.
In England, Telford, Northamptonshire and Cheshire all had high streets which showed they were taking the lead to adapt and diversify.
Aberfoyle, Gourock and Falkirk high streets have shown promise in Scotland and Caernarfon, Carmarthen and Llanelli were branded rising stars in Wales.
In Ireland, high streets in Armagh, Newry, Ballymena and Carrickfergus all made the cut.
According to the research, consumers said spending time with friends and family and offering a sense of community were among the reasons why the high street makes them happy.
A good high street can be an important factor when homeowners look to buy a property.
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