Judges set to visit St Giles Street in Northampton for Great British High Street competition

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Judges in the Great British High Street competition will be visiting St Giles Street later this week...and the town has promised to give them a warm welcome.

The street has been shortlisted as just one of three streets in the country hoping to win a share of the prize money.

When the judges visit on Friday October 23, they will meet with local businesses, discover the Cultural Quarter and find out how the St Giles Street traders have been working together to bring out the character of the area. There will also be a chance to find out more about Northampton Borough Council’s new £3 million plans to give the area a makeover.

The two members of the judging team set to visit St Giles Street are John Walden, CEO of Argos and Homebase, and Phillip Dunkley from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “St Giles Street is the perfect place to find something unique or enjoy a bite to eat while visiting Northampton. With so many niche retailers, most of which are exclusive to our town, I am sure the judges will enjoy their discovering just why we love St Giles Street.

“Being part of this competition has helped us to raise the profile of St Giles Street, and the benefits of being part of the Great British High Street will be a real boost to businesses.”

Jonathan Williams, managing director of Montague Jeffery, said: “St Giles Street brings together the very best of Northampton. As a county town, we provide a wonderful mix of boutiques and specialist traders offering goods and services you would not see in high streets filled with chain stores. Along with the fantastic range of businesses we have some wonderful architecture and a thriving local economy that all come together to give St Giles Street its distinctive character.”

The competition is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and votes are still being registered online and will be added to the judges’ scores. To show your support for the traders in St Giles Street visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk