Stockton-on- Tees is clinging onto the lead in the national competition to find Britain’sbest high street.

With one week to go until voting closes, the final rankings release by the GreatBritish High Street Competition has revealed that in the ‘rising star’ category, Stockton-on- Tees remains top dog.

1. Stockton-on- Tees, Teeside

2. Leominster, Herefordshire

3. Dornoch, Scottish Highlands

Stockton-on- Tees has done well to overtake Leominster, the previous front- runner. However, with one weeks to go until voting closes, that could all change.

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said:

“Over 300,000 votes have been cast in the competition so far, proving that people are passionate about their high streets up and down the country.

“Stockton did fantastically well to make it into the final three, but now every vote counts and they need an extra push to get them title of Britain’s best high street.”

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

The twenty-seven finalists in the 9 categories for places were announced on 18 October. In the rising star category, which recognises areas that are turning fortunes around, Stockton-On- Tees is competing against Leominster and Dornoch.

Winners in each category will get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000 and expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills.

Alongside the public’s votes shortlisted high streets have been inspected by judges from Google. The judges have a 50% say on who wins the competition.

Between now and 18 November you can cast your vote for free via thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.