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Campaign aims to support High Streets and local businesses this Christmas

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Councils, organisations, businesses and the local media in the Chichester District are joining forces to support their local High Streets and businesses by launching a very special Christmas campaign.


The Countdown to Christmas campaign, which is being led by Chichester District Council, is encouraging people to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to highlight everything they love about the Chichester District.


The campaign will encourage people to celebrate local shops, cafes and restaurants; attractions and experiences; parks and gardens; and businesses on social media along with one of its special hashtags:



#countdowntochristmaschichester

#countdowntochristmasmidhurst

#countdowntochristmaspetworth

#countdowntochristmasselsey

#countdowntochristmaseastwittering



Those who post between Friday 25 October 2019 and Monday 25 November 2019 will be entered in to win a very special festive prize! The winner and their guest will be chauffeured round the district in a Rolls Royce car as part of a luxury Christmas shopping day. They will receive a £150 Chichester Gift Card to go towards their purchases in Chichester city centre; lunch at E. Street Bar and Grill in Petworth; and they'll complete the day by watching 'The Christmas Concerts' with The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir at Chichester Festival Theatre.


The prizes have been kindly donated courtesy of Rolls Royce, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester Business Improvement District, Visit Chichester, and E. Street Bar and Grill in Petworth.

Two further people will win Chichester Gift Cards as runner up prizes - £50 for second place and £30 for third to spend in Chichester City Centre, courtesy of the Chichester Business Improvement District.


"We are lucky to have some of the most picturesque and unique shopping destinations in the country - and we want to make sure that as many people know about it as possible. We want to encourage local people to support businesses on their doorstep and we want those outside of the district to discover what it has to offer," says Cllr Martyn Bell, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.


"We want everyone to celebrate our city and towns on social media - whether they are local residents, or just visiting. If they add the relevant hashtag we will enter them into a competition to win a luxury festive shopping experience. We're looking for creative social media posts that really shine a light on our fantastic district, including great pictures and videos.


"What's great about this campaign is that any organisation can get involved - and even run their own promotions - just by adding the relevant hashtag to their social media posts. We are also highlighting key activities and events that are happening over the festive period on our website and on our social media sites."


Those supporting the campaign include: Rolls Royce, Chichester Festival Theatre, Visit Chichester, Chichester Business Improvement District (BID), Chichester Chamber of Commerce, Chichester City Council, Chichester College, Midhurst Town Council, Midhurst Town Team CIC, Petworth Town Council, Petworth Business Association, Selsey Town Council, East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council, Stagecoach, Chichester Observer, the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, Chichester Post, Spirit FM, Everyone Active and Love Where You Live, to name just a few.


"We would like to thank all of the organisations who are working with us to deliver this campaign to support our High Streets and local businesses. This really is a team effort," adds Martyn.



The 'Countdown to Christmas' campaign aims to make people aware of the activities and events that are happening in the district over the festive period, while also encouraging people to shop locally. Full details of the campaign and the competition can be found on the Countdown to Christmas web page.

The winner and their guest will need to be available on Saturday 7 December 2019. Terms and Conditions apply and can be found on the Countdown to Christmas web page. Chichester District Council will also be encouraging people to share their special social media e-cards with friends and family. To take part in this, people will need to follow one of Chichester District Council's social media accounts:



Chichester District Council on Facebook(Opens in a new window)

Chichester District Council on Twitter(Opens in a new window)

Chichester District Council on Instagram(Opens in a new window)


Date of release: 21 October 2019

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