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Christmas Shopping Trail – 2014

Stamp'n Win

I am very pleased to report that 63 independent retailers have signed up to participate in this year’s Christmas Shopping Trail in Hove and Portslade.
Our launch night took place at the end of October with Janet Woodjetts our Retail Champion and I presenting to some of those independent retailers that were able to make the evening. The event was held at the Naked Eye Art Gallery and for those of you unable to make the evening here is a pdf file with all the slides used for you to watch in order to understand how the campaign will work this year.

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness among the public of how diverse the businesses are in Hove and Portslade and to drive footfall into the area and hopefully spend ££££££s!

How it works:

Over 50000 maps have been printed and will be distributed through the city at various points* and on certain bus routes. The maps show the participating independent retailers and where they are located within Hove and Portslade. Each shop will also display a poster to show they are participating, the artwork for maps and posters has been done by local school children who took part in our competition.

The challenge is to get 12 different stamps from 12 of those retailers and then the completed map goes into a prize draw with the chance to win an array of prizes, one being £500 cash!!! We will post details of other prizes on this site and on Facebook as and when they are pledged. There are 6 collection points with Post Boxes dotted around, all marked on the map, to make it easier for shoppers to enter the prize draw once they have completed their stamping.

The scheme goes “Live” from 7th November and the closing date is Christmas Eve with the Prize Draw taking place on 8th January 2015 – venue to be announced.

Information Pack for Retailers

For more details please contact:
Jill Humphrey – chair@hovebiz.com or 07801 295799
Jan Woodjetts – jan.woodjetts@corticoachingandtraining.com or 07920 004639

Three young artists “Draw and win” in Hove Business Association Christmas competition.

Jill and Prizewinners

As a part of this year’s Hove Business Association sponsored “Stamp’n WIN!” Christmas Shopping Trail, three young local artists have been won 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, gets to switch 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.

For shoppers in Hove and Portslade this Christmas, the “Stamp’n WIN!” Christmas Shopping Trail means they have the chance to win one of a host of prizes – including a top cash prize of £500! All they need do to take part is pick up a “Stamp’n WIN!” Christmas Shopping Trail Map from Hove Library, participating retailers, or from some of the Bus routes into Hove. Then visit any 12 of the shops on the map, get their map stamped by the shop, and then send in or drop off the map to Hove Business Association. Completed maps then go into a prize draw, and participants could win one of an array of prizes, including a top prize of £500!


The whole promotion is being supported by Hove Business Association (HBA), who did a similar initiative last year, which was praised by both retailers and shoppers alike. Jill Humphrey, HBA’s chairwoman, says: “The diversity of our Independent Retailers in Hove and Portslade is truly amazing! The whole idea of “Stamp’n WIN!” is to encourage more shoppers to visit these retailers – and I think they’re going to be delighted with the huge range of new and interesting products available in this part of the city which will help them get ready for Christmas!”

Our next Business Breakfast is kindly sponsored by Bungard Funeral Directors – Brighton & Hove’s oldest independent family funeral directors.

Next breakfast Thursday 13th November 2014

Our November breakfast will be a ‘Christmas Showcase’ opportunity. This is an ideal chance to showcase your business and your wares to fellow members and their guests – a chance for some early Christmas shopping or pre-ordering, mingle with others over a buffet breakfast, no charge for your tabletop/rail display for members, just the normal price of £12.50 for breakfast, non-members limited space £25.00 to include breakfast.

If you are interested in this and want to find out more, contact Jill either by email chair@hovebiz.com or phone 07801 295799.

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