- Encouraging consumers to shop local, to celebrate their favourite independent retailers, to remind themselves of the fantastic shops on their door-steps, and to vote with their feet if they really do want to save the high street!
- Encouraging independent retailers to create a buzz in July – to increase consumer engagement, footfall and sales. To let everyone know that they are celebrating Independent Retailer Month and that they are proud of the contribution their small business makes.
- Encouraging suppliers and all those who serve the independent retail sector to spread the word. To support the retailers in delivering in-store events and promotions, to add to the excitement, remembering that Independent Retailers are often a critical route to market for a wide range of product designers and producers.
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Free Cycle skills and Cycle maintenance workshop dates for your diaries.
For further details or to book, please contact Natalie Blyde on email email@example.com or tel 07980 172911
Sat 18th Feb
Intro to cycle maintenance workshop
Cardinal Hall, Colchester
Intro to cycle maintenance workshop
Uni of Essex
Sat 10th March
Adults only Bike Basics
High Woods Country Park
Sat 24th March
Family Bike Basics (beginners)
High Woods Country Park
Sat 24th March
Family Bike Basics (improvers)
High Woods Country Park
THE company Colchester Sightrunning is offering jogging tours of the town centre as a solution for the fit and healthy visitor with too much to see and too little time.
Its team of guides will lead runners to landmarks such as Colchester Castle and the Old Siege House.
They will then have to get their breath back in order to deliver informative talks about each of the stop-offs on the route.
The combination of history lessons and lung-bursting runs may not be to every tourist’s taste.
But the company says, for people who enjoy jogging, the £9.50 whirlwind tours offer the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and learn about the town’s heritage in the process. Boss Sascha Cutura said: “Colchester has a colourful history dating back more than 2,000 years and there is a lot to see and discover.
“Whilst being active and healthy, you can discover Colchester’s best sights and highlights, all in a timely fashion.”
Jogging tours operate across Europe, everywhere from Amsterdam to Vienna, and in London and Edinburgh in the UK.
The Colchester version is expected to prove popular with trippers from the Netherlands who visit the town for short weekend breaks after getting the ferry from Harwich.
It will start out from the war memorial in High Street and cover a 3.2-mile route, taking in St Botolph’s Priory, East Hill, the Old Siege House, Balkerne Gate, Jumbo, Riverside Cottages, Trinity Street, the town hall and Colchester Castle.
Mr Cutura said the slow-paced jog takes about 45 minutes, which includes a couple of breaks, and was suitable for “all levels of runners”.
The next tour is on Saturday.
See http://www.colchester-sightrunning.co.uk or call 0845 519 4539.
Attractting new customers can be costly and time consuming. And time is what most business owners lack off. Townvoucher.com Colchester Discounts can change this. A single deal featured can speed up the generation of new clientele for your business. The New Year has just started and most off us are back to work tomorrow. What are your plans for this year? Have you done any planning yet? Undoubtely you like to get more business this year? Have you planned your promotions and offers already? There are quite few important dates this year to get back into the customers mind. People need to hear about your business a lot and the more constiously your message is out people are coming to you when they are ready to buy.
Here are some dates you might like to put into your calendar:
- Valentine’s Day (14 Feb 2012 )
- Saint Patrick’s Day (17 Mar 2012)
- Mother’s Day (18 Mar 2012)
- Easter Sunday (8 Apr 2012)
- Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday (21 Apr 2012)
- St. George’s Day (23 Apr 2012)
- May Day Bank Holiday (7 May 2012)
- Spring Bank Holiday ( 4 Jun 2012)
- Father’s Day (17 Jun 2012)
- Halloween (31 Oct 2012)
- Guy Fawkes Night (5 Nov 2012)
That will do for now. Many reasons to contact potential customers and your loyal customer base.
They all might wait for your offer, so here is a great chance to put your offers up on all offers websites, especially on townvoucher.com.
To add your offer for FREE on townvoucher.com visit http://www.townvoucher.com
FIVE places in Essex have been named as among the top 50 most desirable spots to live in the UK. Brentwood was ranked fifth in the Halifax’s Quality of Life survey. Uttlesford came in at 18th, Rochford 24th, Colchester 28th and Maldon at 44th.
The top spot was secured by Hart, in Hampshire. The annual report looked at jobs, the housing market, education, health and crime, as well as the weather, traffic flows and broadband access. Gareth Jacob, sales director at developer Linden Homes Eastern, said: “Colchester has always been a much sought-after place to live as it blends its rich heritage with a host of exceptional modern facilities.”
The third edition of the Colchester Business Directory is now available. Over 1700 local businesses have so far taken advantage of the opportunity to promote their business and encourage a buy local ethos.
This new edition is available on CD rom. To get your free copy email firstname.lastname@example.org .
For the first time this year the directory listing and the supporting booklet are also available to download via the Colchester Borough Council website at http://www.colchester.gov.uk/business, where if you have not already added your business details you can do so for free!
For every small business that knows they aren’t getting enough from the web AND WANTS MORE!
These Web Fuelled Business events are full day bootcamps designed to help you, the small business, learn how to use the web to increase sales, save money and go global. You will come away at the end of the day with a plan of action and practical, no-nonsense tactics to improve your marketing, your sales, your conversion, and your productivity on the web.
Even if you are not currently on the web – after this bootcamp you will have the knowledge you need to get going.
The event also provides a fantastic networking opportunity and a chance to meet other SMEs and entrepreneurs.
With a programme of special events to whisk you away to a magical, festive Wonderland, a unique ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ inspired Christmas lighting scheme is just one of the delights to make this Christmas really exciting…
Late night shopping runs on December Wednesdays from 8am to 9.30pm (last one 21 December). Helped by Colchester Borough Council’s radio campaign to encourage people to shop in the town, shoppers from far and wide will enjoy the festive atmosphere while looking out for special Christmas presents and bargains. The great gifts in Colchester’s shops are not just for visitors – so make the most of them yourself and let your friends and relatives know about the quality and variety of stores in the town.
Parking deals Take advantage of Colchester Borough Council’s special Christmas parking offers at the following car parks: Sundays Vineyard Street, Britannia and Priory Street car parks – 50p all-day parking deal. Wednesdays The same three car parks offer alate-night shopping deal – 50p to park from 3pm to midnight. This extends to every Wednesday late-night shopping (remember -last one 21 December).
Embrace the crisp outdoors at the Christmas Fair and the December Town Markets! Colchester Christmas Fair is on Sunday 11 December at Colchester High Street (closed to traffic).This amazing one day annual event has been making headlines and breaking records for years. Over twelve thousand people came last year. No Christmas Fair would be complete without a visit from Father Christmas ….And other guests include the Mayor and the Town Crier. Watch the Mayor start things off with traditional cake hurling from the Town Hall balcony! There’s a real treat for visitors this year as we’ll have reindeer…. Two radio stations will entertain and there’ll be food and music. December Town Markets Don’t forget to visit Colchester Markets to find that perfect present and to add some tasty treats to the festive larder! From 18 to 22 December Christmas Market times are: Weekdays- 8am-6pm, Sunday- 10.30am-4pm. Friday 23 and Saturday 24December – usual market times.
Christmas Market at the Castle Wednesday 14 December, 3pm till 8.30pm and opened by the Mayor of Colchester. Entry is free. Come along for carols, mulled wine and Father Christmas inside and the annual Christmas Market outside – selling everything Christmassy from cakes to jewellery. Enjoy the fun rides and entertainment too!
At Colchester Zoo Santa’s Magical Enchanted Grotto will open its doors in December on 4,10,11 and from 17 until 24 December 2011. Meet Santa and his wife as well as their real reindeer. On the 3 December 2011 join in the magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo Special Senses Santa Day for children with visual and hearing impairments. Check out the Zoo’s website here for more info.
And back in the warm… Beauty and the Beast pantomime is coming to town from Friday 2 Dec 2011 to 7 Jan 2012. Join in the thigh-slapping fun of this year’s pantomime at the Mercury Theatre. Visit the Mercury’s website here
There is so much going on! Come along, enjoy some festive fun and get that Christmas shopping done!
Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Not just for visitors! Colchester’s VIC has some festive retail deals and offers to help you buy that perfect ‘Colchester made’ gift ! Try your luck with their advent competition to have the chance to win some unique-to-Colchester prizes! To find out more and for all your Christmas information from around the Borough at the VIC…. Website http://www.visitcolchester.com or Phone 01206 282920 Pop in to the Visit Colchester Information Centre in Queen Street for a warm welcome when you’re in town!
First 3 hours driving lessons £10 each
Mutlows School of Motoring
Discounted driving lessons
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE
1 stop party shop
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE ON ALL GIFTS AND CARDS!
Brenda Seaborn Complementary Health Practitioner
£5 off your Christmas Party nails!! Large range of OPI colours to choose from including crackle glaze.
10% OFF all Prom Dresses and
15% Off all treatments and packages
Receive 15% Off all treatments and packages with this voucher. Open 7 days a week.
ORLY GELFIX OFFER
OLEY GELFIX Manicure/ Pedicure £20 OLEY GELFIX Manicure & Pedicure £38 voucher. Open 7 days a week
FREE WINE OR SOFTDRINK
This voucher entitles you a free glass of wine or a soft drink with every Sunday Lunch purchased throughout November. Sunday Lunch is served between 12:00pm – 3:00pm. 2 courses: £13.95. 3 courses: £17.50. Reservations are essential please call: 01376 573300 or email email@example.com to reserve your table.
FREE £5 VOUCHER!
bumps & smalls
When spendin £30 or more in store,in a single transaction, you will receive a £5 voucher to use on purchases above £30 on your next visit!
10% Off Any Glass Product
Maldon (Essex) Glass Co Ltd
10% off any glass product we sell, eg. Mirrors, Shelves, Glazing, Sealed Units etc.
10% Off Glass Shower Enclosures
Maldon (Essex) Glass Co Ltd
10% Off Glass Shower Doors, Screens & Enclosures, either supply only or use our survey, supply and install service
Late night shopping arrives in Colchester!
A great opportunity to get all those presents for your loved ones. Go from shop to shop and enjoy the lovely warm shops and find that perfect present.
Why not take up a great parking offer in one of the many car parks in town so you don’t have to carry all those bags too far!
Wed 23 Nov 2011 Wed 30 Nov 2011 Wed 7 Dec 2011 Wed 14 Dec 2011 Wed 21 Dec 2011 Please contact stores for specific opening times. We can not guarentee that all stores will be open.
Get the latest Colchester Deals on http://www.mycolchesterdeals.co.uk