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Recover and Rise in 2021

September 2021

Free online workshops are being launched this month to give West Sussex businesses the skills and experience they need to maximise the impact and accessibility of digital technologies. The Recover...

Fiver Fest: 9-23 October 2021

September 2021

Having been part of this campaign for the past few years, we are delighted to be bringing Fiver Fest back to Chichester between 9th - 23rd October 2021! Encouraging people...

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

September 2021

Chichester Cathedral will host Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, the Museum of the Moon, from this October. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the Museum of the Moon features 120dpi detailed NASA...

The Chamber Supports the City Centre

September 2021

September 2021 marks the launch of a month long initiative by the Chichester Chamber of  Commerce and Industry to show support for businesses in the city centre.  As life gets...

Success of the Summer Street Party!

August 2021

We are so pleased with the success of last week’s Summer Street Party and have already received an overwhelmingly positive response from businesses and the public. Organised in close partnership...

Children’s Party Trail

August 2021

In our special children’s party trail, see if you can discover the nine letters that have been hidden in shop windows around the city centre to spell out the secret...

Rediscover Chichester Competition Winner Announced!

August 2021

Brian Bracher from Emsworth has won Chichester BID’s Rediscover Chichester competition with his artistic photograph of Chichester Festival Theatre. Daphne Ormerod and Heather Gratwick were also highly commended by the...

Summer Party Fashion Show

August 2021

As part of our Summer Street Party on Thursday 26 August from 3-7pm, we are rolling out the red carpet on East Street to host a fashion show featuring some...

Great response to Summer Street Party

July 2021

On Thursday 26th August between 3pm and 7pm Chichester is holding a Summer Street Party that will see many of the city’s businesses actively taking part in the celebration with...

New Visitor Guides

July 2021

Chichester BID has launched a series of three 48-hour guides to help visitors make the most of their experience within the city walls. The colourful guides, featuring beautiful photography, are...

The Chichester Summer Street Party is back!

July 2021

We have been working closely with Chichester District Council to bring back the successful Summer Street Party for 2021 on Thursday 26th August, 3-7pm. Come and join us for an...

A Free Library of City Centre Photos

July 2021

We've been working with a professional local photographer (Nadi Lindsay) and student photographer from Chichester College to capture beautiful imagery of Chichester city centre that you can use for your...

Festival of Chichester Competition Results

June 2021

To celebrate the launch of this year’s Festival of Chichester, many city centre businesses took part in a special window display competition, which was judged on Friday 11 June by...

Fiver Fest Offers

June 2021

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...

Give your city a standing ovation

June 2021

Chichester wouldn't be what it is today without you - the residents, visitors and workers that keep our city thriving. Help give your city a standing ovation on social media...

In My View – Sally Russell

June 2021

And we are open again! Finally, this week we have re-opened our doors at Chichester Harbour Hotel and have welcomed back our friends, guests and team members to the hotel....

In My View – Callum Woodgate

May 2021

Even before COVID-19, the Government had been looking for ideas to try and revive our high streets. Naturally, there are undisputed benefits of planning policy, and the Use Classes system....

Fiver Fest is back!

May 2021

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...

Roman Week Returns

May 2021

The award-winning Chichester Roman Week is back this May half-term (Saturday 29 May – 5 June), celebrating Chichester’s vibrant Roman history. Here in Chichester’s City Centre The Novium Museum has organised an...

Street Art trail on LoyalFree

May 2021

Award-winning app LoyalFree was delighted to create an interactive digital trail for the much loved Chichester Street Art Festival in partnership with Chichester BID. The Street Art Festival was originally...

Festival Of Chichester Window Competition

April 2021

As the country bounces back from pandemic restrictions, the Festival of Chichester returns with a bang! A month long programme of exciting events is planned - live, virtual and outdoors...

Support Local

April 2021

As the High Street readies to reopen, Chichester District Council are urging people across the Chichester District to ‘Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local’ and help support their local businesses...

In My View – Sandy Longley

April 2021

It has now been a year of so-called ‘unprecedented times’ in which COVID-19 has dominated all of our lives. The emotional rollercoaster of this past year has brought heartbreak for...

Order ‘Love Local’ bunting

March 2021

Order our 'Love Local' bunting to decorate your shop fronts and businesses ready for the reopening of the city centre. A great way to add some colour to our streets,...

Raising The Curtain on Chichester

March 2021

We've been busy preparing a new campaign to ‘Raise The Curtain’ on the city centre and support BID Levy Payers (BLPs) to get back to business next month. The curtain...

Back In Business

March 2021

Local station, V2 Radio, are using their platform to help independent businesses bounce back after COVID-19, supported by Sussex-based marketing company, Growth Animals. With light at the end of the...

Thank you from Chichester BID 

March 2021

To all our city centre businesses, please give a warm welcome to our new Vice Chair and CEO, Helen Marshall. We're all looking forward to seeing you back in the...

Back 2 Business Power Hour

March 2021

We are collaborating with The Collective - a community of local small business owners - to provide our Levy Payers with a free Social Media Power Hour. The Back 2...

In My View – Helen Marshall

March 2021

Our Local businesses have done us proud during these difficult times I joined Chichester BID at the beginning of the year as Vice Chair and CEO.  Ordinarily, taking on a...

Show some love for your city this Valentine’s Day

February 2021

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not show some love for your city centre and support local this year. Many businesses are still offering their fabulous services despite...

New Signage in the City

January 2021

Like many historic cities, Chichester has a system of finger post signs in place to help direct visitors to areas of interest. These cast iron black finger posts with white...

Locked Down But Not Out: A Poetry Contest

January 2021

Wagtail Coffee & Yoga in Eastgate Square will be sponsoring “Locked Down But Not Out: A Poetry Contest”, the premiere event for their Walk By Wagtail initiative. Looking for ways...

In My View – New Chairman Derek Marsh

January 2021

I was appointed Chairman of Chichester BID this month. We are a small company promoting the interests of businesses in the centre of Chichester. The BID is funded by these...

Recover and Rise for local businesses

January 2021

A series of online workshops has been launched to give West Sussex small businesses a robust toolkit to survive – and hopefully grow - in 2021. The West Sussex Recover &...

Free Workshops for Independent Retailers

January 2021

Chichester District Council's Economic Development Team are offering free workshops for independent retailers based in the city centre. Would you like to create a clear and focused four month plan...

Team Update

January 2021

We’d like to welcome a new member to Team BID for 2021. Mandy Medhurst joins us on a temporary part-time basis as Client Relationships Manager and will be our eyes...

Chichester MP stands by local businesses

December 2020

Gillian Keegan, Chichester’s MP visited the team at Chichester BID and toured the City to talk to local business owners and managers. The local MP went around many of the...

Timothy Roe Jewellers crowned winner

December 2020

City centre businesses have been looking particularly spectacular this year, ready for Chichester BID’s annual Christmas Window Display Competition. With over 30 entries including independents and larger retailers, the competition...

Chichester BID appoints new Chairman and Vice Chair

December 2020

Committed to strengthening and maintaining a high performing Board of Directors, Chichester BID is delighted to announce it has appointed a new Chairman and CEO & Vice Chair. Derek Marsh...

What are you looking at?

December 2020

Independent designers and makers in the local area are getting an unmissable opportunity to showcase their talent when the Design Collective Chichester takes over an empty shop window in South...

Late Night Shopping

December 2020

Many businesses will be opening later on Thursdays throughout December to provide fabulous festive shopping experiences for customers looking to support local this Christmas.  Here are just some of the...

Christmas events in the city

December 2020

Everybody needs some Christmas joy and cheer right now and there is plenty to be found in the city this month in the lead up to the big day! Although...

Vote for your favourite shop window

November 2020

Christmas is traditionally the time when shops create the most magical window displays. This year we are celebrating this burst of festive imagination with our popular window competition, judged by...

Fairy Tale Trail

November 2020

Once upon a Christmas, the elves at Chichester BID hatched a plan for families to safely enjoy the magical city of Chichester at this special time of year. How to...

In My View – Supporting Local by Chichester BID

November 2020

Although we find ourselves weathering the second lockdown of the year, many of Chichester’s small, independent businesses have been quick off the mark to ensure their offering stays relevant despite...

Businesses join together to celebrate Christmas

November 2020

Christmas magic is still coming to Chichester with a programme of festive events and experiences which we have organised, despite a second national lockdown this month. Although the Covid-19 pandemic...

Retail Training Programme

October 2020

As a final stage of Chichester District Council's Retail Training Programme, they are able to offer independent retail businesses further training sessions, through their training provider IBD. To qualify for...

Fiver Fest Offers

October 2020

The next Totally Locally Fiver Fest is set to take place between 10th - 24th October 2020. This international campaign is held in towns and cities the world over, encouraging...

Fiver Fest is back!

September 2020

The next Totally Locally Fiver Fest is set to take place between 10th - 24th October 2020. This international campaign is held in towns and cities the world over, encouraging...

Your City Needs You

September 2020

Are you passionate about making positive change in Chichester? We are looking for a new Chichester BID Chairperson to help us mould the shape of Chichester and ensure your city...

In My View – Sandy Longley

September 2020

Since writing my column last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has touched every corner of the globe, and we now live in a world where the words “unprecedented times” dominate our...

British BIDs’ response on levy payments

August 2020

British BIDs' Chief Executive, Christopher Turner, has issued a letter to a number of national businesses in response to recent correspondence surrounding the request for a reduction/waive of their levy...

Shop Local Week

August 2020

The Government has launched Shop Local Week, seven days of concentrated activity encouraging shoppers to return to their local high street and shop safely. Commencing 10 August and running until...

Otter Key Worker Trail

July 2020

As part of a series of initiatives aimed at getting Chichester back to business and encouraging visitors to the city, we are launching a free trail celebrating the key workers...

Summer in the City

July 2020

Summer in our city, there is nothing quite like it. Chichester's historic streets are peppered with parks and gardens, providing tranquil spaces around every corner. From the manicured flower beds...

The UK’s New Start: Let’s Get Going

July 2020

The UK has left the EU and the transition period following Brexit comes to an end on the 31st December 2020. To help ready the UK for the end of...

Summer Economic Update

July 2020

The Chancellor delivered his Summer Economic Update in Parliament this week (8th July), which outlined a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses...

New city centre app launched

July 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of a new free digital app to promote city centre businesses to visitors and shoppers, in partnership with LoyalFree, a multi-award-winning platform used...

Calling all cafes, pubs and restaurants

June 2020

With lockdown measures easing allowing pubs, restaurants and cafes to reopen from the 4th July, below is some guidance and regulations to help you with your opening plans. Also, remember...

In My View – Callum Woodgate

June 2020

It has always been well-perceived that society can be socially cohesive in times of crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly become a formidable common enemy that has affected us...

Coronavirus and Dementia

May 2020

Coronavirus and Dementia   By Carolyn AtkinsonVolunteer and HR Co-ordinator at Chichester Cathedral These are truly unprecedented times, with so much being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. For many of...

SSEN Update

May 2020

Following the recent suspension of construction works due to the coronavirus outbreak, SSEN have informed us that they are now able to safely re-commence works and complete the permanent reinstatement...

In My View- Brendon Cook

May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly shaken up the economy with every business affected in some way, including many in Chichester who have sadly had to close their doors until restrictions...

Calling on the Government to #RaiseTheBar

May 2020

We are supporting other BIDs to back the #RaiseTheBar campaign which calls on the Government to raise the £25k grant rateable value threshold from the current limit of £51k to...

VE Day 75

May 2020

This Friday marks a momentous occasion, and one that feels all the more significant during these uncertain times. On the 8th May it will be 75 years since the guns...

Financial support from Sheen Stickland

April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in so many ways, from the impact it has had on businesses to pressures of home schooling and wellbeing concerns. In order to...

Social Media Tips from Kitch

April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in so many ways, from the impact it has had on businesses to pressures of home schooling and wellbeing concerns. In order to...

In My View – Iain Brown

April 2020

What can I say, other than to offer my very best wishes to fellow retailers in all forms and thank our fantastic colleagues for their wonderful spirit in recent weeks....

SSEN works completion date delayed

March 2020

Due to challenges posed by excessive rainfall this year, the upgrade works by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks in the city have been delayed and are now due to be...

An Homage to Chichester

March 2020

Celebrating our beautiful city is at the heart of everything we do here at Chichester BID. We feel passionately that the place we call home has so much to offer...

In My View – Amy Sim

March 2020

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 1 in 14 people over 65 have dementia. It usually starts by affecting short-term memory but can also have an effect on communication, motor skills...

Fashion Recycling

March 2020

Dartagnan Menswear and Little London Boutique have teamed up with St Wilfrid’s Hospice for a new campaign encouraging customers to return unwanted items, which will then be resold through St...

University of Chichester Hot House / Invest 4 programme

February 2020

Spring 2020 sees the launch of a new, three-year Business Support Programme for non-retail businesses. The initiative brings together six specialist support providers to fill a gap in existing business...

Extra support for businesses with green goals

February 2020

The University of Brighton has launched the Green Growth Platform as another way to help businesses that deliver green products and services, and organisations looking to minimise their impact on...

Coronavirus: Guidance For Employers and Businesses

February 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a fixture in recent news and is a worry to many. The government have issued guidance for employers and businesses providing advice on the virus,...

Heart of Chichester Competition

February 2020

February is the month of love! To celebrate we would like to hear what you love about our city centre. Either leave a comment on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram...

Fiver Fest Chichester

January 2020

Calling all independents! We have teamed up with Totally Locally again to bring the nationwide campaign, Fiver Fest to Chichester on 15th - 29th February. How to get involved? Email...

Do you know how to spot fake banknotes?

January 2020

Paper £20 and £50 notes are the most counterfeited banknotes. With both polymer and paper versions of notes in current circulation, be confident you are able to spot a fake....

A Review of Christmas 2019

January 2020

Plans are already in full swing for this year’s events and promotional activities but we thought we would first take some time to review Christmas 2019 and share with you...

English Tourism Week: 18-25 April

January 2020

English Tourism Week is an annual celebration, highlighting the vast contribution of tourism to the UK economy. It is one of the few sectors alive in every part of the...

Car Parking Charges

January 2020

Despite our best efforts representing concerns from our Bid Levy Payers to the Chichester District Council Car Parking Consultation to review car parking charges, we are dismayed at the decision...

Leaflet Exchange 2020

January 2020

The annual Leaflet Exchange organised by Visit Chichester is taking place on Wednesday 4 March at Chichester Festival Theatre. This is a great opportunity for local businesses and attractions to...

In My View – Colin Hicks: The social high street

January 2020

As dramatic change hits high streets across the world, negative comments from people who can’t cope with the changes to Chichester city centre are causing distress as they decry Chichester’s...

Developer selected for Southern Gateway Scheme

January 2020

HBD has been selected as development partner to deliver a major regeneration scheme for Chichester’s Southern Gateway. They will work to transform the southern area of Chichester into a vibrant...

New Chichester Pop Up Shop Initiative

January 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative from Chichester District Council, calling local entrepreneurs to take part in their Pop Up Shop scheme, in a bid...

Have your say on parking charges in Chichester

November 2019

Chichester District Council is currently consulting on changes to the Parking Order and increases to parking charges in Chichester and the local area. Though it is an increase across the...

Christmas Shopping Guide in Chichester

November 2019

Chichester city centre is a thriving hub of shopping outlets, offering well-known brands as well as local independent stores. This wide variety of shops makes our beautiful city perfect for...

Late Night Shopping – Thursday 19 December

October 2019

Back by popular demand, the Live Snow Globe, Lost Elves and Brass Santas will be performing on the High Street in the lead up to Christmas and during the Late...

Christmas 2019 Events

October 2019

The festive season is nearly upon us and we have a host of exciting updates for our Christmas programme of activities for you to get involved with. Look out for...

Hugh Bonneville confirmed as judge

October 2019

We are very excited to announce that Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has agreed to be part of the judging panel for our Christmas Window Display Competition. A passionate advocate...

Boxing Day Openings

October 2019

Shops open on Boxing Day: AccesorizeBody ShopBoots - 9am - 5pmCalendar Club - 40% off everythingClarkes ClintonsDartagnan - 10am - 4pmEntertainerFat Face H & MH SamuelHotel Chocolate Hotter - 10am...

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

October 2019

Following an event held on 3 July 2019, Consultants have been developing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Chichester City. Another event is being held on Tuesday...

Dartagnan Menswear Celebrates 50th Anniversary

October 2019

On Saturday 19 October, designer men’s clothing store Dartagnan Menswear in Chichester will celebrate 50 years to the day that its original store was launched in Winchester. Customers both old...

Fiver Fest comes to Chichester

September 2019

We have teamed up with Totally Locally and Draper’s Yard to bring the nationwide campaign, Fiver Fest to Chichester on 5th - 12th October. Fiver Fest is all about loads...

Christmas 2019

September 2019

With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to share details of the BID team’s plans for celebrating this important festive season in the city centre and how you can...

Christmas Gift Card Campaign

September 2019

This month marks a year since we launched the Chichester Gift Card and we’re delighted to say that we now have over 140 businesses on board. Since last October, we’ve...

Want action? Report it!

September 2019

Crime, Begging and Anti-Social Behaviour are issues that cause many city centre businesses difficulties on a daily basis and though they can be difficult to air, they need to be...

New ‘Secret Chichester’ Rail Campaign

September 2019

If you’re travelling on South Western Railway between 21 October and 4 November you’ll likely spot Visit Chichester’s new campaign. Delivered in partnership with Chichester BID, the Secret Chichester campaign...

Get ready for Brexit

September 2019

As many businesses are already aware, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union on 31 October 2019. While the full effects of Brexit on businesses may be largely unknown,...

Introducing Fiver Fest

September 2019

Calling all independents! We have teamed up with Totally Locally and Draper’s Yard to bring Fiver Fest to Chichester on 5th - 12th October. This nationwide campaign aims to celebrate...

New Chichester city centre Visitor Maps

September 2019

We're delighted to announce that we have created a new Visitor Map for Chichester city centre. The new map design highlights Chichester’s most treasured visitor attractions as well as the...

SGN Gas Works in Chichester

September 2019

We have been informed of SGN's plans for a forthcoming upgrade of the gas network in North Street Chichester. This project involves the essential replacement of old metal gas mains...

Free Social Media for Business Workshops

August 2019

Following the success of the previous workshops, Chichester BID has teamed up with The Chichester Social on her upcoming series of workshops this autumn. A special workshop for BID Levy...

The jewel in the city’s crown

August 2019

As part of the Chichester BID campaign to celebrate the best of the city’s independent businesses, we’re looking at the extra sparkle that jewellers bring to the high street. From...

Table and Chairs Licences

August 2019

Please be aware that West Sussex County Council has issued a warning that they will be approaching businesses that have tables and chairs outside their premises to ensure they hold...

Want to Save Money on your Energy Costs?

August 2019

The Sustainable Business Partnership is currently offering free energy reviews to SMEs in Sussex. This is an impartial, expert assessment of how energy is used at your premises. As well...

Increases in Parking Charges

August 2019

We are disappointed to report that West Sussex County Council has increased parking charges for the second consecutive year. This will include increases in permit charges in all the roads...

Love Local, Shop Local Review

August 2019

We’ve just wrapped up our Love Local, Shop Local summer campaign which included the Super Saturday event with Spirit FM and Street Party as well as a host of initiatives...

All eyes on Chichester’s independent opticians

August 2019

As part of the Chichester BID summer campaign, we’re putting the spotlight on the many independent businesses that help to make Chichester such a vibrant city. As well as many...

Raising a cup to Chichester

August 2019

As part of our campaign to celebrate independent businesses across the city, we’ve highlighted a range of retailers and venues that add to the character of Chichester. It’s no surprise...

Day in the Life of a BID Ranger

July 2019

June marked a year since the appointment of the BID City Rangers as part of a new pilot scheme to address the decreased police presence in Chichester city centre. BID...

How the ChiBAC Scheme works

July 2019

Chichester District Business Against Crime (ChiBAC) is an accredited business crime reduction partnership that aims to protect businesses by supporting them to reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour and deter...

Making a house a home in Chichester

July 2019

As we continue in our campaign to champion the rich diversity of retailers and venues available in the city centre, we turn to an important collection of businesses that support...

An update from our AGM

July 2019

Following our productive AGM in June, we have received a wealth of positive feedback on the Chair’s briefing, with many members reporting that they found it useful. With this in...

Sweet treats and child’s play in Chichester

July 2019

Our Love Local, Shop Local campaign has been highlighting some of the many thriving businesses in the city, from retailers and beauty salons to bustling bars and art galleries. Chichester...

NEW Love Local, Shop Local flags

June 2019

We are flying the flag for ‘shopping local’ in Chichester city centre. As part our Love Local, Shop Local campaign, we have created a brand new set of flags that...

Love Local, Shop Local Update

June 2019

By now you should have started to see some of the plans for our summer campaign come to life, including our new bunting and flags and the planting scheme of...

Greater Change

June 2019

Greater Change and local homelessness charity City Heart have joined forces to launch a scheme to help homeless people in Chichester. The scheme involves placing contactless donation terminals throughout the...

Street Party: Thursday 22 August 2019

June 2019

We are excited to announce plans to hold a Street Party as part of our Love Local, Shop Local summer campaign. Taking place on Thursday 22 August from 4pm to...

Celebrating the city’s salons and spas

June 2019

As part of Chichester BID’s Love Local, Shop Local campaign that aims to raise awareness of businesses across the city, this week we’re looking at some of the thriving salons,...

Cheers to Chichester’s independent pubs

June 2019

The Hole in the Wall What's new in your business? Everything is new!  The pub has been open for a month and we’ve loved meeting all of our new customers...

Super Saturday: 13th July 2019

June 2019

Mark your diaries for our Super Saturday event on 13th July! Chichester Mayor, Richard Plowman will open the day-long celebration of Chichester that aims to encourage visitors and shoppers to...

Festival of Chichester Window Competition

June 2019

The Festival of Chichester returns once again this year from the 15th June to the 14th July. To support the festivities, BID Levy Payers are invited to take part in...

Striking a pose for independent retailers

June 2019

ZigZag What's new in your business? We’re just about to launch our new webstore, which is pretty exciting. I’ve been talking about getting it done for years and we’ve finally...

#LoveChichester Photography Competition

June 2019

We’re excited to announce that we are launching a photography competition on social media. The aim of this is to showcase Chichester as the beautiful destination it is and promote...

Major roadworks planned for city centre

June 2019

Chichester BID has received notification that SSE is embarking on a £1.5million project to upgrade the city’s electrical network this year, in order to ‘future proof’ the city. The work...

FREE Social media for business workshop

June 2019

Chichester BID has teamed up with Debbie Ford from The Chichester Social on a free workshop for BID members on Wednesday 12th June between 09.30am–11.30am. If you've ever struggled with...

Annual General Meeting

May 2019

This year’s AGM will take place on the 26th June, 17:30 – 20:00 at Rume2, Crane Street and is open to BID Levy Payers only. This is an opportunity for...

Business Rate Retail Relief

March 2019

The new Business Rate Retail Relief comes in to effect as of this month. All eligible retailers will receive a one third discount on their business rate bills for two...

Chichester High Street Spring Clean

March 2019

You may have noticed that since January, the Chichester BID street cleaning team has been busy giving the high streets an early spring clean. While the council is responsible for...

Flying the flag in Chichester

March 2019

May marks the start of the BID’s Flag Programme. Chichester’s streets will be decorated with the iconic flags of the Second Augustan Roman Legion in homage to the city’s rich...

Observer Business Excellence Awards

March 2019

Entry is now open for The Observer’s Business Excellence Awards. Businesses of all sizes based in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Petworth are eligible to enter. Now in their tenth...

Business Rate Retail Discount

February 2019

As some of you may be aware, in the Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced that eligible retailers will receive a one third discount on their business rate bills for...

What are Rateable Values?

February 2019

New Rating Lists were published in 2010 & 2017, the next change is set for 2021.  If you want to check your rateable value there are a few thing you...

Drop-in Session for local SMEs

February 2019

Chichester Enterprise Centre Representatives from Chichester District Council’s Economic Development team are hosting a drop-in session on Thursday 7th March at the Chichester Enterprise Centre on Terminus Road. The session...

Incubating new businesses

February 2019

While the papers may be awash with negative news stories concerning the high street, we can’t help but feel inspired and re invigorated by the new wave of business communities...

Job Vacancy – BID Ambassador

February 2019

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, confident individual to join our small team on a part-time basis, in the role of BID Ambassador. The primary focus of the role...

On the 5th day of Christmas…Cussans offers you!

January 2019

Buy a Cussans gift voucher worth £80 for ONLY £50. Simply visit the salon today and use code CUSS2019. About Cussans Nails, Beauty and Tanning: Cussans Nails, Beauty and Tanning...

On the 3rd day of Christmas…Jigsaw offers you!

January 2019

Exclusive 20% off their full price collection, free styling and a glass of festive fizz! About Jigsaw: Jigsaw is a stylish fashion chain offering contemporary clothing for men, women and...

FREE Retail Mentoring Workshops

January 2019

You may be aware of the FREE Retail Workshops that the BID team and Chichester District Council have been promoting to Independent city centre businesses. If you missed out on...

ChiBAC

January 2019

What is ChiBAC? Chichester District Business Against Crime is a partnership committed to reducing crime, violence and anti-social behaviour throughout the Chichester District by pro-active partnership working. Its membership is...

Chichester Gift Card

January 2019

The Story So Far Since the launch of the Chichester Gift Card on 1st October 2018 we've seen consistent support in the number of BID levy paying businesses joining the...

Chichester’s Christmas 2018

January 2019

We know that the new year has rung out with headlines that the country has experienced it’s worst Christmas trading on the high street for a decade. Hopefully Chichester bucked...

Preparing for EU exit – BEIS update

January 2019

An update on EU exit preparations by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not...

Free Retail Workshops

December 2018

Informative, hands on events to help turbo charge your 2019 business. Calling independent retailers in the Chichester city centre... If you have missed out on the first round of free...

Chichester Gift Card

December 2018

If you have a city centre business and would like to be included in the Chichester Gift Card scheme, please email [email protected] WIN/WIN FOR YOUR BUSINESS Free for businesses to...

Christmas Spirit is here!

November 2018

Spirit FM have launched a new digital pop-up radio station sponsored by Chichester BID on behalf of all city centre businesses. Christmas Spirit, on air until 31st December, plays nothing...

A Christmas tree with a difference…

November 2018

The West Sussex Waste Partnership’s recycled plastic bottle Christmas tree is on its way to Chichester! On Saturday 17 November, the West Sussex Waste Partnership, Chichester District Council, and Chichester...

Join in the Chichester Nutcracker Trail!

November 2018

The BID Team have arranged a magical Nutcracker themed trail for visitors and shoppers to the city to encourage dwell time and footflow. 10 oversized (6ft tall) Nutcracker Kings will...

Our Jam Packed Christmas Update!

November 2018

We know you’ll all be busy gearing up for the festive season so we thought we'd give you a taster of what you can expect to see and hear over...

BID Christmas Social

November 2018

Come and join us for a complimentary seasonal tipple at Bearded Bobs in North Street from 5.30pm on Wednesday 5th December. This is a relaxed and informal event, RSVP if...

Chichester Gift Card Update

November 2018

Thank you to all of the Chichester city centre businesses who have taken part in the launch of the Chichester Gift Card. We now have 124 businesses (94 independents and...

Congratulations to our winners!

October 2018

We recently ran a competition in conjunction with Chichester Post for the chance to win a Chichester City Gift Card. We would like to bid a huge congratulations to all...

Royal Visit Road Closures

September 2018

As you may already be aware, the first official visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the county will be on Wednesday 3rd October and they will be visiting Chichester...

Christmas Period Park & Ride

September 2018

A Christmas Park and Ride service courtesy of Chichester District Council will run once again this year from Chichester College into the City Centre. The preliminary schedule can be found...

Shop Front Christmas Trees Now Available For Order

September 2018

Chichester BID Team has once again partnered up with Festive Illuminations to bring you real locally-sourced Christmas trees. Each tree comes dressed with beautiful warm-white low voltage LED fairy lights...

Exciting Nutcracker Trail Confirmed

September 2018

We are delighted to announce that the city centre will play host to a fantastic new Nutcracker-themed Christmas trail. This family-friendly trail starting on the 24th November will see entrants...

Preferential Exchange Rates For All BID Businesses

September 2018

We are delighted to announce that No.1 Currency based on Market Road, Chichester are now offering all BID-based businesses preferential exchange rates across all listed currencies. Best of all, both...

Fantastic Uptake Of Chichester Gift Card

September 2018

The Chichester BID Team are delighted to announce that over 80 city centre businesses have signed up to accept the new Chichester Gift Card prior to its launch on 1st...

In My View – Kay Mawer: Plastic Free Chichester?

September 2018

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Christmas Festivities Update

August 2018

A Christmas Update For months the BID Team have been preparing for Christmas, to light up the city centre on your behalf.  Negotiations on costs have been keen and the...

On-Street Parking Vouchers for BID Businesses

August 2018

Since it was raised at a recent BID Forum meeting, the BID team have been working on a number of potential solutions for reduced cost parking to help mitigate the...

Chichester BID Rangers Hours

July 2018

Friday: 11.00 – 16.00 Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00 Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00 Mobile phone: 07761 637596 (During hours of operation only) Please remember the Rangers are not the police, in case...

Perfect Presents for Chichester!

July 2018

Chichester’s very own gift card will be launching this September, consolidating the 'Be Smart, Shop Local' theme. This gift card programme will lock in money for local businesses and is...

Be Smart, Keep Shopping Local

July 2018

Chichester’s Business Improvement District would like to thank all the Independent businesses who took part, supported and promoted July’s Independents Month. Independent shops and businesses are an integral part of keeping...

Dear Shopper

July 2018

By the time you read this, our celebration of the 140 independent shops, food and drink outlets of Chichester will be under way. You’re in for a bumper month because...

Get Your Business Noticed

July 2018

Get Your Business Noticed during Independents Month Free coverage and PR for Independents Month in July: BID Team will promote via Facebook/Twitter/Instagram Business directory on BID website of all INDEPENDENTS...

Public Talk with Colin Hicks

July 2018

A Future for Shopping in Chichester with Colin Hicks, BID Chairman at the invitation of and chaired by Chichester City Council. This talk is FREE for all concerned citizens and...

Chichester Business Expo B2B Event

July 2018

Free networking and expo at Chichester College, Westgate Fields. 40+ stands offering services which could support your business. 7.45am – 9.45am - Keynote speakers (pre-registration required) 10.00am – 15.00pm -...

Meet Your Local Media B2B Event

July 2018

A FREE networking event at Edes House, West Street from 3.00pm-5.00pm. This informal gathering gives BID Levy Payers and Members direct access to the local media. This is a great...

July Independent Offers

June 2018

A A Little Trinket - Shed Quarters 9, Drapers Yard, PO19 7JG  Website: www.alittletrinket.co.uk ABOUT: The Harmony Collection from A Little Trinket is a jewellery range featuring simple, elegant forms in frosted...

Wake Up Workshops

June 2018

We are excited to announce that we have organised a special discount for businesses within the Chichester BID area to receive a 40% off discount on Wake Up Workshops. The...

In My View – Brendon Cook

June 2018

I love Chichester! Our High street is a vibrant buzz of activity most weekends, with the local independents pulling together to give our Visitors more reasons to stay, shop, eat...

City Rangers Come to Chichester

May 2018

For some time Chichester BID team have been looking for a suitable solution to the issues that city businesses face on a daily basis in respect of Pedlars, Buskers and...

Celebrate Our Independents: Be Smart, Shop Local

May 2018

Independents Week was launched nationally in July 2010 to celebrate the crucial economic and social contributions made by independent businesses. Chichester BID supports independents throughout the year and rather than...

Business rates reduction scheme 2017 – 2021

May 2018

The government has set up a £300m discretionary fund to support those businesses facing the steepest increases in their business rates, as a result of the revaluation. This will be...

Royal Wedding Retail Inspiration

May 2018

Preparations are getting underway as the city gears up to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s big day.  Proposal’s Wedding Boutique, St Martins Street have created a triumphantly gorgeous window display, it’s...

Chichester Flag Programme

May 2018

April saw the start of the BID’s Flag Programme which is designed to welcome shoppers, tourists and visitors to the historic city. The Flag programme benefits businesses by helping Chichester...

Gateway to opportunity

May 2018

Here in the UK, it’s easy these days to feel discouraged about the future, with the constant drip-feed of negative press around Brexit negotiations and predictions of economic doom and...

Chichester BID Easter Egg Trail Winner Announced

April 2018

Saturday 31st March saw the start of Chichester BID’s Easter Egg Trail. In total 47 businesses, Independents and Multiples, joined in the fun by hosting an egg. Even though the...

Flower Picture Trail: 26th May – 3rd June 2018

March 2018

The bi-annual Festival of Flowers hosted and organised by Chichester Cathedral and sponsored by Rathbones (both BID members) creates the city’s very own mini Chelsea. This horticultural highlight bursting with...

Chichester BID Supports Roman Week

March 2018

Now in it’s third year, Roman Week led by The Novium Museum in partnership with Chichester BID celebrates the city’s vast heritage.  A legion of events and activities are planned...

Let Chichester put a Spring in your Step

March 2018

With Easter and Mother’s Day just around the corner, Chichester offers a whole host of places to treat someone special, say ‘thank you’, or get the family together. Visitors to...

Eggs on Legs to shake things up for Easter

March 2018

The BID Support Team have arranged for a very special performance group to visit the City streets to celebrate the launch this year’s Easter Egg Hunt and entertain shoppers on...

Exclusive Invite for BID Members and Levy Payers

March 2018

In a bold experiment, the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry has invited the Business Improvement District to team up with one of our largest contributors to the financing of...

Promote your Business during Roman Week

March 2018

Chichester was first established as Noviomagnus Reginorium after the Roman invasion in AD43.  Their legacy can be found across the city, including magnificent features such as the Roman walls surrounding...

March 2018

Talks at Six is an award winning established forum in Chichester, where you can enjoy interesting talks on a wide range of subjects in a relaxed atmosphere, and engage in active discussion. We...

Roofs and Rewards

February 2018

If you’re in Chichester it’s hard not to notice its Cathedral. Metaphorically all Cathedrals seek a place at the heart of their community but, unlike some cities, Chichester’s Cathedral occupies a special...

The BID and the Chichester Vision

February 2018

The Chichester Vision, now called Chichester Tomorrow, has been approved by the District Council and has been published with an accompanying Action Plan. You can download all the final versions...

Understanding Consumer Trends

February 2018

The Chichester Vision has now been published and working parties are being set up. As part of the preparation for this fresh approach to the City, research was commissioned on...

The UK High Street and Chichester

February 2018

Did you know? Consumer Data Only a fifth of UK shoppers said they believed that the high street or shopping centre closest to their home had improved in the past...

How Friendly is your Business?

February 2018

The demise of the high street will exacerbate loneliness The demise of the high street is having far-reaching, adverse impacts on many aspects of social life. Historically, human interaction through...

The High Street Reinvented

February 2018

The empty tills this January say it all. After struggling economically for a decade, seemingly due first to out-of-town centres and now to the dramatic increase of online retail, the...

The Drivers of Change in the High Street

February 2018

A recent report by the Future Studies Innovation Centre at Kent University contends that a combination of drivers of change will produce a period of profound transition in UK town centres...

The Chichester Historic Shopfront Trail

February 2018

Are you in retail premises that have a listed shopfront? Have you thought of using this to attract visitors? Then read on. Chichester's shopfronts are one of the main elements on...

Easy Guide to the District Council Shop-front Policy

February 2018

1. Why controls benefit you If you are thinking of refurbishing inside your shop or your external shopfront, the District Council's Shopfront and Advertisement Design Guide should be consulted and...

Who was… ?

February 2018

Historical Figures and Chichester Emperor Claudius 10BC – 54AD To help prove himself as a leader, he launched one of the most audacious military campaigns of the 1st century: the...

What is Business Continuity?

February 2018

Business continuity is about ensuring that businesses can continue to trade in the event of some kind of disruption. Disruption can come from the external environment, such as flood or...

Breaking the log-jam

February 2018

There is a climate of opinion in every business improvement district, and ours is a prime example, where businesses do not feel represented. To break this log-jam, my role as...

Senior Schools’ Fair

January 2018

Meet 30 of the UK’s most prestigious senior independent schools all in one unique setting at the Chichester Cathedral. Saturday 24th February 2018 Chichester Cathedral 2pm - 4pm Whether you...

West Sussex County Council Economic Forums

January 2018

West Sussex County Council’s insight team have invited the Office For National Statistics to host one of their Economic Forums as part of their roadshows throughout the UK, the date...

All stick and no carrot

January 2018

You won't know but it is reported that 71% of all complaints to "The Council" from UK city centre businesses are about parking. Clearly there exists an almost permanent disconnect...

New Business Expo Coming to Chichester

January 2018

A new Business Expo with a difference is coming to Chichester on 19th July 2018. Taking place at Chichester College, the Expo will be running as a ‘foot pool’ tournament...

GDPR Workshops: Are you ready?

January 2018

Are you aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is coming into place in May 2018? The Chichester Chamber of Commerce is running two Workshops so you can...

The Festival of Flowers

January 2018

The Festival of Flowers returns to Chichester Cathedral from 31st May – 2nd June 2018. This biennial event will feature over 80 flower arrangements, with over 50,000 blooms and will...

Harbour Voices New Year Concert For Dreambuilding

December 2017

Harbour Voices Community Choir is ‘singing in’ the New Year with a special concert in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice DREAMBUILDING Appeal. The event will take place at St Paul’s...

Christmas Office Opening Hours

December 2017

Emergency Numbers: If you experience a situation which is likely to cause serious injury to a person, serious risk of damage or damage to property always dial 999. Do not...

Placemaking

December 2017

It’s by no accident that our local authorities held at least five public consultations this summer. There’s a lot of upheaval on the way and it’s time to make changes...

In My View – Doug Price

November 2017

When I was invited by a local business man to join Rotary. I joined because I was a new businessman needing to find new friends and expand my contacts and...

Late Night Shopping

October 2017

Late night shopping is taking place in Chichester on Thursday 23rd & 30th November and 7th, 14th and 21st December. Please find below a list of shops that will be...

In My View – Sebastian Martin

October 2017

Chichester City centre is a strong retail destination, with a wide variety of occupiers from national brands to local independents. It not only caters for local shoppers, but also attracts...

Chichester Craft Market

September 2017

Chichester Craft Market takes place next Sunday 22nd, 23rd & 24th September - North & East Street 19th October at Westgate Centre 11-4pm. The Chichester Garden and Crafts Market is...

Goodwood Charity Window Competition

September 2017

Take a look at all the Revival windows of the shops that have taken part in the competition while you're passing! Judging will take place on Thursday 7th September from 10am and...

Independents Month – Two weeks in

July 2017

The whole nation celebrates its independent businesses every year on July 4th (Independence Day, geddit?) – but the team at the Chichester BID didn't think one day was enough time...

Use your Independents – Kay Mawer

July 2017

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view...

The Online Shopper

July 2017

It’s common knowledge that many towns and cities are losing trade to the Internet, some by as much as up to 20%. But, with Chichester Independents Month well underway, Colin...

Chichester, a truly independent City

June 2017

As Chichester Independents Month kicks off this week, we spoke to Colin Hicks, Chairman of Chichester BID, to get his thoughts on the independently run businesses in the city. Colin...

Celebrating our Independence!

June 2017

In celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit and excellent business minds of our Chichester residents, next month will be Independent Business Month. The Chichester BID team have joined up with Love Where...

In My View Column – Brendon Cook

June 2017

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view...

In My View Column – Greg Mahon

May 2017

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from...

In My View Column – Colin Hicks

May 2017

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer. This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally...

Chichester Businesses Against Crime

March 2017

What is ChiBAC? Chichester District Business Against Crime is a partnership committed to reducing crime, violence and anti-social behaviour throughout the Chichester District by pro-active partnership working. It is managed...

Chichester BID Matters Newsletter

January 2017

Chichester BID produces a quarterly newsletter to keep you updated on what we're doing, what we've achieved, what's going on and initiatives we're working on. Stay abreast of what we're...

Portrait of the Chichester Consumer in 2016

December 2016

BID2 sees an opportunity to better understand our consumer segmentation and generate increased appeal for spend based on consumer preferences (fashion, food, entertainment, or services). From the 2011 census, we...

Portrait of the Business District in 2016

December 2016

Retail 57% of businesses in the City Centre are retail and multiples now count for just over half of this sector. The City Centre contains 71 clothing stores, 54 health...

In My View Column – Brendon Cook

June 2016

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer. This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally...

June Update on SGN Gas Pipe Replacement project

June 2016

The road closure at South Street junction Southgate, is being removed today (Thursday 9th June) resulting in vehicular access being via Southgate and exiting via West Street, as usual with...

In My View Column – David Coulthard

April 2016

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer. This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally...

In My View Column – Alex Medhurst

March 2016

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer. This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally...

Successful Independents’ Day 4 July

July 2015

We were delighted at the support for Independents' Day this year... The event which supports the National Campaign for independent businesses, took place in Chichester on 4 July. Each shopper...

Chichester featured on South Today last night!

July 2015

Last night, Tuesday 7 July, our City centre was featured on BBC South Today at 6.30pm. Local business owners were interviewed on camera to give their views on local Councils...

Support for Keats Sculpture Project

June 2015

Local sculptor seeks donations for Keats sculpture project. The project supports local artist and sculptor, Vincent Gray, as he replaces one of the benches in Eastgate Square with a Keats...

ChiBAC awarded distinction for accreditation again

June 2015

We are delighted to announce that ChiBAC has passed its re-accreditation with distinction this year. In the final line of the report, the adjudicator commented: "I have no hesitation awarding...

Encouraging turnout for this year’s AGM

May 2015

On 29 April we held our third BID AGM at Edes House, Chichester which was kindly provided to us free of charge by West Sussex County Council. We are delighted...

Did you see the dragon?

April 2015

To celebrate St George's day on 23 March, we invited members of the public to join in with the creation of a piece of community art, depicting St George slaying...

Quarterly footfall focus

April 2015

What a positive year we’ve had so far in terms of footfall in the City - we’re up on 2014 year to date! We have just recently enjoyed our best...

Finding your way in Chichester

April 2015

The last thing that we want, as Chichester BID Levy Payers, is to tarnish the experience of our City for new visitors. So we’ve been working hard on developing and...

Street Focus: A little TLC for Chichester

April 2015

You may have noticed a number of newly painted and re-fitted shop windows throughout our City centre over the past few months. This has been part of our Street Focus...

Chichester City Centre Partnership AGM 2015

March 2015

Join us for the third AGM on 29th April 2015 at Edes House, West Street. We will update you on City centre projects and improvements implemented over the last year...

Welcome Charlotte Wickins – our new BID Manager!

January 2015

Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) is delighted to welcome Charlotte Wickins to the Chichester BID management team.   As BID Manager, Charlotte is the key liaison between BID area businesses, public...

Christmas Prize Draws

December 2014

CHICHESTER CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAWS - LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES!  Prize draw entrants in Chichester City centre only have until 8.00pm on Thursday 18th December to get their entries in, in...