Blog: Archive May 2013

Help for Business - Do you need it for yours?

The scheme addresses 2 specific BID objectives which are to ‘support business growth and expansion’ and ‘create a business directory for businesses’ in Chichester and the aim of it is to replace the face-to-face service once provided by Business Link by building on the close-knit business community that exists in our city.

The scheme will bring together local Start-Ups and SMEs needing easily accessible, low cost, face-to-face information and advice with local professional advisers and suppliers.

Volunteer ‘Signposters’ will direct those requiring advice by using a directory of advisers and suppliers. Advice will be available on business planning, marketing & sales, finance and funding, IT, HR and the supply of goods & services. 

The ‘Signposting’ service will be free at the point of entry but ultimately advice will be negotiated on commercial terms with the supplier.

Active supporters of the scheme are the Economic Development Service at Chichester District Council, University of Chichester, Chichester College, Barclays Bank, Handelsbanken, NatWest, Santander, James Todd & Co Accountants, Profile Training, Bespoke PR & Marketing and Biz-360 Ltd. 

For more information, take a look at our news section.

Chichester Street Art Festival

Hitnes paints no.43 North Street

Hitnes paints no.43 North Street

At 2pm on Thursday 2nd May, world-renowned London street artist Stik started the first artwork to kick off the first ever Chichester Street Art Festival which ran until 6th May throughout the city of Chichester.

Launched at Pallant House Gallery at 6pm on the 2nd May, the reception marked the start of the four day festival running over the Bank Holiday weekend, during which visitors to Chichester could see the works in progress. The festival presents a series of private and public walls throughout the city as blank canvasses for a group of world-renowned street artists to make their mark and also welcomes 15 ‘Shrooms’, or mushroom installations, by South African artist Christiaan Nagel, dotted around the city.

The festival sees the biggest gathering of respected international street artists ever, as it welcomes the involvement of London artist STIK, Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir, NUNCA from Sao Paulo, Brazil, ROA from Belgium, Liquen from Spain, RUN from Italy, Pleghm from Sheffield, Dscreet from London, Hitnes from Jean Spezial, Paris, Christiaan Nagel from South Africa (resident in London) and UK-based The Rolling People.

Painting started on Thursday afternoon with the first work of art by STIK who made his mark on the wall at the side of Superdrug on East Street, Chichester. The festival then continued until 6th May, as more works of art were completed and unveiled. Artworks are continuing for the next few days and will be in place for three months - a real talking point for Chichester!

The festival has been coordinated by Neil Lawson Baker, director of The National Open Art Competition; a proud ambassador for modern art who has gathered a great deal of support for the project, including Chichester City Centre Partnership.

The street art festival is supported by Chichester Business Improvement District and a number of private and public partners throughout the city who have offered up art space - the ex- Mayor of Chichester Michael Woolley has even offered up his own gate off Baffins Lane Car Park to be painted as a part of the Festival!

City Centre Manager Kim Long comments: “The City Centre Partnership felt that we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to showcase the city through these talented, world famous street artists. Although we appreciate that street art might not be to everyone’s taste, this temporary project will certainly put the city on the map.”

So far, we're pleased to have achieved BBC coverage, excellect support from the Chichester Observer and Portsmouth News - and numerous mentions on Twitter and street art forums!