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Summer in the City! 

 
A big welcome back to all the indoor hospitality venues and attractions that reopened this month. It has been fabulous to watch Chichester come to life again and see people enjoying all our beautiful city has to offer. We really hope you've had a successful first few weeks back. 

We've been working hard behind the scenes and there is lots to update you on! Summer campaigns we are launching include the return of the Summer Street Party on Thursday 26th August and a new online Independents Passport which should be ready by the 4th July. We will be emailing you separately with more details on both of these initiatives. 

Mandy continues to pound the streets visiting as many of you as possible and is available if you would like to book in a one-to-one meeting with her, please do just email mandy@chichesterbid.co.uk. The rangers are now also out on the streets four days a week to provide support to businesses and visitors.   


Fiver Fest is back!
(12th June - 26th June) 


The next Totally Locally Fiver Fest is set to take place between 12th – 26th June 2021. This international campaign is held in towns and cities the world over, encouraging people to shop local and take advantage of the wonderful independent stores, cafes and restaurants on their doorstep.

Born out of the idea that it only takes a £5 purchase to support a local, independent business, Fiver Fest is all about empowering the public to support the high street.

HOW TO TAKE PART?
  1. Simply come up with a £5 offer and tell us what it is so that we can promote it between 12th – 26th June as part of the campaign activity
  2. Download the graphics here to share on your social media channels to shout about your involvement
  3. Print the poster and stick it up in your store
  4. If you take photos of your offer and post online using the #fiverfest and #totallylocally hashtags, then Totally Locally and Chichester BID can help promote it.
This is also a great opportunity to push your £5 offers via the LoyalFree App, we will also add a Fiver Fest Trail to promote your great deals, please email mandy@chichesterbid.co.uk if you would like to take part.

Season of Culture 2022 Video 


Presented by Gregory Nash, Project Manager for the Season of Culture 2022, find out more about the exciting plans and how you can get involved by watching this short video...

There's only a few days left to enter the Festival of Chichester Window Competition!   


The Festival is looking to join forces with local businesses to promote the city with a colourful Shop Window Competition where businesses can showcase their wares while celebrating the fun of the festival. A celebrity judge will select the winners on Friday 11th June and the best entries will win tickets to an exciting range of Festival of Chichester events.

To take part click here to download the entry form and return to mandy@chichesterbid.co.uk. Closing date is Friday 4th June 2021.
 


Consultation Survey Results 


Thank you to everyone that took part in our latest survey. The most crucial part of the ballot process is ensuring we consult with and listen to feedback from our BID levy payers so we can develop a robust and effective Business Plan for 2022-2027. You can find out more about the Choose Chichester ballot campaign, including survey results here.  
 

Join our Facebook Members Group  


Have you joined our BLPs Facebook Group? Having listened to your feedback we have created this group to address two important pain points you shared with us: 

1. This Group will be our instant communication channel to keep BLPs up to date on everything going on. We understand your inboxes are bulging and so this group will be a quick and easy way for us to share information with you and equally for you to share pictures and news about what's happening with your business. We can then use this information on our public channels to encourage footfall into your business   

2. Having a private Facebook group to communicate with you means we can use our main social media channels to promote YOUR BUSINESS to the public and encourage greater footfall into the city centre. We feel that by using our social channels to communicate with you and the public, our messages to drive footfall into the city can be diluted. 

We hope this Facebook Group can be the start of a fantastic new dialogue between us. We encourage everyone to join it! 

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP 
Restart Grants
 
On 3 March 2021 the Government announced the Restart Grant Scheme. The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

This grant scheme is open for applications until 30 June 2021. All payments must be made by 31 July 2021.

The Restart Grant is available to the following non-essential businesses that are rated for business rates: Retail / Hospitality / Accommodation / Leisure / Personal care / Gym premises

The grant is payable to non-essential businesses occupying the premises as at 1 April 2021.

For further information on the Restart Grant Scheme and any other government grant for which you may be eligible, please visit the Chichester District Business Rates Announcement page.
 
New Openings 
 
We are delighted to announce several new business openings in the city centre this month, including:

Lime Squeezy - South street
TOCA Salon - North street

Phoenix Dining - Guildhall Street 
Brunch Florists - West Street 
 
A-Plan Community Noticeboard     
 
A-Plan in Little London is offering a free advertising opportunity to local businesses on their new community noticeboard, which is displayed in their window. Contact the team there if you would like to be included. 
 
Rediscover Chichester    
 
Look out for our new social media competition asking people to share what they love about the city centre. From photos and poems to paintings, all entries will be judged and the winner will receive a fabulous prize including an overnight stay, meal for two and Chichester Gift Card. We'd love it if you could share the competition on your channels too. 
Roman Week   
 
Chichester Roman Week returns this Saturday until Sunday 6 June. Led by The Novium Museum, there are a variety of virtual and 'in person' events planned including a Roman Treasure Hunt around the city centre available on the LoyalFree App. Find out more here. 
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