Armagh City Centre shortlisted for UK’s Rising Star Award


Vote for Armagh City Centre as one of the UK’s most promising high streets

Armagh City Centre has been shortlisted in the Great British High Street Awards.  One of 28 towns and cities shortlisted across the UK for 2019 awards.

Welcoming the announcement Lord Mayor, Mealla Campbell commented:

“I am delighted that Ireland’s oldest city and the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland has been shortlisted in the Rising Star category highlighting Armagh City Centre as a vibrant retail, hospitality and tourism destination. 

“Our local businesses can be rightly proud of the tremendous work and the fantastic offering they provide on a local level.

“As a council we are delighted to work in partnership with our local businesses not only to deliver programmes and world-class events but to improve and enhance the unique and welcoming experience of our city.

“So I encourage everyone to give Armagh City Centre your vote for the UK’s Rising Star award.”

The shortlist was announced by High Streets Minister Jake Berry and Visa.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said:

“Congratulations to the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Great British High Street Awards – the quality of the entries this year has been fantastic.

“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.”

Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK and Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, who commissioned the research, added:

“We’ve seen some fantastic entries for this year’s Great British High Street Awards across both the Champion High Street and Rising Star categories.  In particular, the desire to innovate stands out amongst this year’s entries, with high streets adapting to the challenges presented by a rapidly changing retail environment to find ways to thrive at a local level.

“As our research shows, high streets play a vital role at the heart of communities, so this is a great opportunity for those communities with shortlisted high streets to show their support by placing their votes on the Great British High Street website.”

Armagh is one of four shortlisted for the award in Northern Ireland and faces competition from Newry, Ballymena and Carrickfergus.

To vote go to, with votes counting for 20 per cent of the final score.  Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.