Cirencester Chamber November 2020 Update: Good news and celebrations for the town as winter draws on
Where has this year gone? It’s November, the clocks have gone back and the Cirencester Christmas lights have started to go up.
We are very, very lucky here in Cirencester and the Cotswolds generally not to have found ourselves in levels two or three under the new government Covid19 guidelines and whilst we can look forward to Christmas post furlough with a real sense of optimism, we should do so thinking about other communities that are less fortunate than we are.
Yes, we have to acknowledge that some established businesses have sadly left the town such as Goldsmiths, Halfords and Phase Eight.
It also looks as if Edinburgh Woollen Mills will be closing. These businesses and particularly the staff who have run them for many years deserve our thanks for their contribution to what makes Cirencester unique. We wish them all well.
We are delighted to report that we have now had our second ‘Town Centre and Business Support’ stakeholder meetings with the CEO and officers of the town council.
Together with them we have a package of good news stories as we head towards Christmas.
Firstly, the town council is producing and distributing a Christmas and New Year brochure which will be delivered door to door to every household and featuring 120 retailers and offering residents the chance to enter an exciting competition.
Secondly, retailers are getting behind the chamber’s new Christmas window competition which has been redesigned to encourage shoppers to ‘physically visit and vote’ in person.
Following government guidelines, all our local shops, businesses, plus hospitality and entertainment venues have gone to great lengths to provide safe spaces for us to browse, shop and enjoy. This year the competition has cash prizes on offer. So far 52 retailers have signed up with more to come!
Watch out for more details on social media and the chamber website: cirencesterchamber.org.uk.