Bognor Regis needs public vote to win national high street competition

Manager of Bognor Town Centre, Toyubur Rahman.Picture by Kate Shemilt
Manager of Bognor Town Centre, Toyubur Rahman.Picture by Kate Shemilt

Bognor Regis needs the public’s help to be crowned Britain’s best improving high street.

Two weeks into the six-week public voting period, a rankings release by the Great British High Street Competition has revealed that in the Coastal Towns category, Bognor Regis is currently in third place.

Winners in each of the seven categories get a share of a prize pot worth £80,000 which includes expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce for one hundred of their shops, bars and restaurants.

With the public vote making up 50 per cent of final decision, the team behind Bognor Regis Town Centre are urging the community to get behind their bid for glory.

Toyubur Rahman, Bognor Regis Town Centre Manager said: “Over the past few years we’ve made huge strides to make Bognor Regis a better place to work, shop and socialise.

“That’s why we are delighted that we’ve been recognised as one of the top 3 best improving coastal towns in the country.

“But to help us get over the line and be ranked Britain’s Best Improving Coastal Town, we need local people to get online and get voting.”

The Great British High Street Competition 2015 is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government and sponsored by Boots, Costa, Post Office, Marks and Spencer and Tesco.

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones said: “Bognor Regis did fantastically well to make it into the final three but now they need your help to get them title of Britain’s best.

“If you care about Bognor Regis then show your support and get voting.”

Between now and November 13, members of the public can cast votes for free via The Great British High Street or on Facebook.

Already two weeks in, nearly 50,000 votes have been cast.

Alongside the public vote each finalist will be visited by an expert judge – one of a panel of industry experts from the Future High Streets Forum.

The judges have a 50 per cent say on who wins the competition.

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