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1st Jul, 2022

Rallying call to Bromsgrove traders to enter annual Best-Dressed Christmas Window contest

SHOPS across Bromsgrove are being urged to ‘sparkle and shine’ as this year’s best-dressed Christmas window competition is launched.

Because of the Tier 2 restrictions the contest, being run by the district council, the town’s Court Leet and The Bromsgrove Society, will be different this year.

Traders are urged to send in photographs of their displays before next Sunday, December 13, for judging by Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Karen May and Bailiff Jo Slade with prizes going to first, second and third places.

Prizes have been donated by independent businesses which would usually trade at the Friends of St John’s Christmas Market.

That too has had to be cancelled for this year.

Wychbold Fudge has put forward a four-bar Christmas gift box for third place, Sarah’s Feisty Flavours have put up a four-jar festive box of mixed jams and chutneys for seconds and

Fruitfields are providing a hamper of apple juice, honey, chutney and honey drizzler for the winner.

All entries will be displayed on the council’s social media pages and feedback and comments from followers will be taken into account by the judges.

Coun May, whose Portfolio covers the town centre and regeneration, said: “It’s been a difficult year, especially for our independents and I hope this competition encourages our residents to visit them, safely of course, as they do their Christmas Shopping particularly this weekend which marks Small Business Saturday.”

Jo, who organises the market, thanked the traders who had donated prizes and said: “I am so pleased the competition is taking place this year, the added sparkle across the district will help to lift spirits in times which can feel a little gloomy.”

Traders should send their photos to media@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk by December 13.

People are urged to like and comment on the entrants on the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages, using the #BestDressedWindow hashtag.

Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow (December 5) marks Small Business Saturday and Bromsgrove District Council is urging people to ‘shop local’ and support independent firms in the run up to Christmas.

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.

There is free parking in all of Bromsgrove District Council’s car parks until January 4.

Coun May said: “Christmas is a time for giving and helping those in need, so please shop local and help those Bromsgrove District businesses who have had an incredibly tough time of it this year.

“We have a fantastic selection of independent traders in the district who form a vital part of our local economy and I’ve no doubt they would all welcome some extra sales this festive period.”

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