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‘Stamp’n WIN!’ Christmas shopping trail competition winners revealed

Sam McNeil with Jill Humphrey

The winners of Hove Business Association’s ‘Stamp’n WIN!’ Christmas shopping trail competition have been drawn. The first prize on offer was £500 cash, and 19 other prizes had been donated by local businesses (a full list of the prizes can be found on the HBA website The prize draw took place on Thursday evening (8th January) on the top deck of a local double-decker bus, which was kindly provided by Martin Harris, MD of the Brighton & Hove Bus Company. The bus toured the trail route before arriving at the home of the winner, where Jill Humphrey, Chair of Hove Business Association, presented the main cash prize. The competition received entries from across the region, but the winner of the £500 was a Hove resident.

Sam McNeil picked up her shopping trail map on one of the local buses and entered our competition after encouragement from her young daughter, who was excited about collecting the different stamps on the trail. Sam is delighted with her prize and will be sharing the spoils with her daughter. The winners of the other 19 prizes came from across the region, and while most had collected their printed A5 entry maps from participating retailers, the local buses or Hove Town Hall, some had entered the competition via the shopping trail grid printed in the Brighton & Hove Independent at the end of last year.

Hove Business Association introduced the ‘Stamp’n WIN!’ initiative to encourage Christmas shoppers to explore the independent retail outlets of Hove and Portslade. To be in with a chance of winning, shoppers had to visit participating retailers across the area and collect 12 different stamps for their trail maps. The competition ran from 7th November to 24th December.

Jill Humphrey, Chair of Hove Business Association, comments: “This year we received an excellent response to the ‘Stamp’n WIN!’ competition, and we’re delighted that participants came from across the region to visit Hove and Portslade for their Christmas shopping. Congratulations to Sam on winning first prize, we hope that you enjoy spending it with your daughter. I’d like to thank the retailers who participated in the initiative, many of whom generously donated prizes for our winners. After the success of the 2014 trail, we look forward to organising this Christmas’ competition later in the year.”

Three young local artists draw and win!

Jill and Prizewinners

As a part of “Stamp’n WIN!”, three young local artists have been awarded prizes for their drawings about Christmas. Charlie Pearce (Under 5), Maddy McLeod (Age 9) and Isobel Faller (10 year old), all won prizes in their individual age category, and the overall winner, Isobel Faller, switched on the Christmas Lights at Hove Town Hall!
The Prizes, including a special Certificate for each of the winners, were given out at a ceremony held at Lawrence Art Supplies in Portland Road, where Jill Humphrey, Chair of Hove Business Association, presented each of the winners with their awards. The children’s drawings are now being featured in the posters and graphics for the Stamp’n WIN!” Christmas Shopping Trail.

See all the benefits of shopping at an independent
Many of last year’s retailers are participating again and there are lots more new businesses keen to ‘jump on board’ this year!
Charley Fryatt, from Xpress Beauty Salon, George Street, said: “Last year the Christmas Shopping Challenge was absolutely fantastic, the exposure that it gave to small independent businesses like mine was something that I just don’t have the budget to do on my own”, and Martin Lawrence, of Lawrence Art Supplies, Portland Road, said: “We took part in last year’s Christmas Tree Challenge and we thought it was great. It brought together lots of shopkeepers, it got the public engaged in coming to visit our shops, perhaps even visiting a shop they had never visited before.”

Our next Business Breakfast is kindly sponsored by Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke
“QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke are Brighton and Hove’s oldest solicitors. We have been looking after the personal and business legal needs of the residents of Brighton, Hove and Sussex for over 240 years. We are a local firm with strong local community links and have offices in both parts of our wonderful city. In Brighton you will find us on Ship Street, whilst in Hove we are on Boundary Road”.

Next breakfast Thursday 12th March 2015

We have TWO speakers at our next Breakfast! Jay Gibby and Christina Voakes of The Prince’s Trust.

Christina is the programme manager for the 4 Prince’s Trust teams which run in Brighton and Shoreham. Jay is the Team Leader for the Team Programme in Hove.

‘The Team Programme’ is a 12 week self-development course for people aged 16-25 who have struggled with long term unemployment. Jay and Christina will be raising awareness for their cause while also encouraging business owners and employers to take part.

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