01 December 2017

Southend businesses are invited to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday 2nd December, this is part of a national campaign which is designed to encourage consumers to buy local.

Looking at the national website there are 50 businesses registered so far but Southend has so many more so why not register and promote Small Business Saturday for a chance to win a Cream Tea for 2 for your business. For more information and to register  

In support for this event Southend Council is offering FREE CAR PARKING in the following car parks: llfracombe Avenue, North Road, Hamlet Court Road, Elm Road (Leigh-on-Sea), North Street, Ceylon Road and Thorpe Bay Broadway.

Southend would also like to invite you, as a local business, to take part in our Christmas competition which launches on Small Business Saturday.

All you need to do is decorate your business fit for Christmas and send a picture to us via email to, then ask your customers to vote for your window. A leaflet is available for you to place in your window to encourage your customers and passers by to vote and this will be sent to businesses who send in their photo and business details. Customers will be able to place their vote using the visit Southend Facebook page.

Once we have your picture we will promote your business heavily through our social media channels and website.

In addition to this 6 winners will be selected (one from each of the following areas: Westcliff, Thorpe Bay & Shoebury, Southend, Southchurch, Leigh-on-Sea and Eastwood). Each winner will receive two vouchers for a cream tea at the lovely Gleneagles Guesthouse. An overall winner will also be selected and will win a FREE promotional video which can be used to promote your business, produced and donated by Blatella Productions.

The largest number of votes received by a business for the Best Dressed Window will be deemed the winner. Votes will be verified and counted and the winning business will be announced on Visit Southend Facebook Page at 12pm, Tuesday 19th December. A date/time will be arranged for collection of the prize. In the event that the prize winner cannot be contacted, for whatever reason, another prize draw will be made and the prize allocated to a new winner. Businesses who send in their photos to the Visit Southend Facebook page, by doing so, give permission for their pictures and businesses to be used in promotional material.

This competition is open to all residents of the UK,  but only one entry per person will be accepted. In addition one voter from the public, will be chosen at random from the number of entries for the winning Best Dressed Window on Wednesday 20th December at 12pm. The winner will receive an Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Royal Hotel which includes Afternoon Tea and a glass of Prosecco to the value of £53.00. The prize is non-refundable and no alternative can be offered in whole or part. No purchase necessary.

Entry into this promotion constitutes consent to use winners names and photos for any promotional purposes. All entries will be signed up to our email database unless indicated otherwise.

For more information contact us on  or call 01702 215022