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Cumbrian entries sought for High Street Awards

Cumbrian entries are being sought for the Great British High Street Awards 2019.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) is supporting an appeal from Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, for communities to celebrate their high streets and learn how to succeed in a rapidly changing retail environment.

The LEP’s Chairman Lord Inglewood said: “It’s important that we retain the vitality of our high streets, for local people and visitors alike, as these are critically important community assets.

“These awards present a great opportunity for our councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to come together, celebrate what’s being done and learn from others about what’s worked well elsewhere.

“We’d like to see as many entries – and winners – from Cumbria as possible so that we can show the rest of the UK what a great place we are to live, work, invest and shop!”

Entries can be submitted from across the UK for either the Champion award or the Rising Star award, with national winners being announced later this year for both of these categories.

There will also be an overall High Street of the Year and an overall Rising Star of the Year, with both winners being selected from the respective national award winners.

Winners can receive up to £15,000 to contribute towards their high street, which they can use to support a local community initiative, to host a celebratory party or put towards a sustainability programme.

Entries close at midnight on Thursday, July 4. For further information about the awards and how to enter, visit

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