Mid Sussex residents urged to support small businesses this December

PR2023029 - 08/12/2023

Mid Sussex District Council has launched a campaign to encourage people to support small businesses in the run up to Christmas.  

The campaign launched on 1 December and every day across the Council’s social media channels a small business, local festive event, or Christmas tip will be shared with the aim to get local communities supporting businesses and initiatives in their towns and villages.  

Councillor Ian Gibson, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy and Housing, shared: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to sponsor first prize for the Burgess Hill and East Grinstead window dressing competitions, it’s been great to see our local community out and about at these events and so I encourage our communities and visitors to come and get involved in the other festive events our towns and villages have planned. 

“Nationally, 60p in every £1 is now spent online and we’re on a mission to change that in Mid Sussex. Our high streets are the heart of our communities, and they are full of fantastic local businesses. Let’s shop local this Christmas." 

Councillor Eggleston, Leader of the Council, presented Burgess Hill Creative Community with first prize of the Burgess Hill window display competition at the Christmas lights event on 25 November, while Councillor Gibson presented Rebel Inc. with a locally sourced hamper as this year’s winner of East Grinstead's The BIG Reveal for their Christmas window display. The hamper was filled with items from local independent businesses, including Emma Louise, Tree Frog and Market Place. 

Residents are encouraged to share their favourite local businesses by commenting on the Council’s social media posts throughout December. Tips about what you can and can’t recycle will also be shared to help people reduce the amount of waste generated through the festive period. 

To support the campaign and highlight local businesses, follow the Council on Facebook, Instagram, X, and LinkedIn by searching Mid Sussex District Council.