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Southend Best Festive Business Competition 2019

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About Small Business Saturday UK

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. On Small Business Saturday (7 December 2019), customers across the UK go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.

Southend Borough Council has been supporting this national campaign since 2013:

  1. We encourage small businesses to register with the official website. By doing so you can use their free marketing pack and gain free exposure to a wider audience. Download the Poster here to display on your shop window if you have.
  2. We promote events and discounts that local businesses have on offer on the day. Email with your offers on 7 December 2019 so we can give you a SHOUT OUT on our social media. 
  3. We offer free parking on 7 December 2019 at seven council owned car parks including: llfracombe Avenue – A13 Southchurch; North Road – near Milton; Hamlet Court Road  - Westcliff; Elm Road - Leigh; North Street – Leigh; Ceylon Road – Westcliff; and Thorpe Bay Broadway. See a copy of the FREE Parking sign here.
  4. We run the Best Festive Business competition each year to extend the campaign and support local small and/or independent businesses. The compeititon is taking place at on our Facebook page

Southend Best Festive Business Competition 2019

Calling all Southend small/independent businesses to join us for the celebration of the festive season. For a chance to win the competition all you need to do are: 1) decorating your business fit for Christmas; 2) taking a photo of it; and 3) submitting the photo to us for the public to vote. Submissions are accepted now. The business with most public votes is crowned the winner and will receive a free promotional video (approx. value £500) sponsorded and created by Blatella Films. Video prize must be claimed by April 2020. Previous winner videos can be viewed at youtube (videos 8-11). The winning business and two runners up will be awarded the certificates at their own business premises by The Worshipful the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea on 23 December 2019. For details of how to enter please download the I'M TAKING PART poster which you can put up on your shop window if you have.

We are also inviting all Southend residents and visitors alike to help judge the best festive business! Please cast your vote from 16 November to noon 20 December 2019 on our Facebook page. One lucky voter chosen at random will receive £100 worth of shopping vouchers for a shop of their choice. For instructions on how to vote please download the VOTE NOW CARD. 

Good luck!