This competition seeks innovative technology-enabled solutions that can address the challenges facing the UK high street, by exploring new approaches to retailing, service provision, logistics and travel management.
Up to £2m is available for feasibility studies in phase 1 of the competition, and up to a further £6m is available in a second phase to further develop successful phase 1 projects.
The competition opened on 13 January 2014. The deadline for registration is noon on 26 February 2014 and the deadline for applications for phase 1 of the competition is noon on 5 March 2014.
Proposals that aim to improve the movement of goods and people to and from the high street, and the efficiency of the supply chain, may include:
consolidation systems for distribution centres
demand-based technologies for timed distribution
the development of applications that use timetables, service and location
development of more accurate positioning systems
communication systems for the seamless movement of goods and people to and from high streets
travel management – real-time parking availability and booking options.
Proposals that tackle a specific problem, such as congestion or parking in high streets, must show how this will attract users back to the high street. The aim of the competition is the development of solutions that will enable regeneration of the high street, not ones that will provide the answer to specific infrastructure problems.