Blog: BID News

Solutions Inc Christmas Video in Chichester

Need some inspiration for Christmas?

Need some inspiration for Christmas?

Chichester BID has teamed up with Solutions Inc the Apple Premium Reseller for their Christmas Video.  

The founder of Solutions Inc John Parvin said “ We are a big believer in community spirit and looking forward to working with Chichester BID on 26th November for turning on the Christmas Lights and filming our Christmas Video”.

This will be aired on our social media and shared with Chichester BID on the 1st December @Solutions_Inc @ChichesterBID  using hashtags: #ChichesterXmas #SBT #SBF

BID office Christmas opening hours 2015

Chichester Business Improvement District office is closed between Wednesday 23 December and Monday 4 January 2016. 

In the unlikely event of an emergency with a Christmas light or fitting please call Charlotte on 07803698191 or Andrew on 07968 818464

On behalf of the BID and all of our volunteer Board, we wish you a peaceful and merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

FREE crime prevention & awareness training for ALL City centre businesses

Please see document below for more details of this FREE training for all BID levy payers in Chichester...

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! 

Christmas Market brings increased footfall to Chichester

Christmas Market 2012 saw impressive footfall

Christmas Market 2012 saw impressive footfall

The City Centre Partnership is thrilled to report that the marketing for the Christmas Market was a success with over 300,000 people coming into the City.

This equates to 50,000 more people than the same week last year and 90,000 more than the same week in 2010!  We're really pleased to report that the market clearly successfully reversed a declining trend in footfall. Thanks to Woodland Crafts, who managed the market, there was a good variety of different stalls during the week and the live nativity was a huge success, as always. 

The Partnership would like to thank all the businesses that gave electricity tothe market organisers to avoid the use of generators and to Marks and Spencer for hosting the Nativity stall.

We will be reporting full footfall figures for December and January within the next couple of weeks.

Street Gateway Design Competition

Invitation for Expressions of Interests

Street Gateway Design Competition

Chichester Secondary Streets Initiative

Deadline for Expressions of Interest 31st March 2012


Following the successful ballot in October 2011 to form a Business Improvement District (BID) in the City Centre, the Chichester City Centre Partnership CIC, have the mandate from the business community to develop a number of initiatives that support the local business trading environment.

Whilst many of UK’s high streets have suffered in the past few years, Chichester has become one of the best performing historic centres in terms of visitor numbers and retail activity. The Partnership recognises the importance of both national chain stores and local independent businesses in making Chichester a place people want to visit. To ensure this continues, we want to emphasise the diversity of our independent retail sector many of which are in the secondary streets by developing a scheme or number of schemes that enhance these trading areas.

To that end we are pleased to announce one of the first such initiatives, that is concerned with supporting independent retailers located in the secondary streets namely Crane Street (2012 implementation), St Martins (2013), Little London and Baffins Lane (2014), Cooper Street (2015), and the Hornet, St Pancras and Market Road (north end) (implementation 2015 / 2016).

The first street to consider is Crane Street, and so we are inviting Professional Designers, Artists, Architects and Landscapers to take part in a design competition to propose a scheme or idea that will ensure the secondary streets form part of a visitors journey around our City.

We are looking for inventive ideas that can be implemented in isolation but can be a theme if appropriate, for the following streets and will make a positive contribution to the local environment and support those individual businesses in each road.

There is no prescribed expectation and so the brief is quite open, suffice to say that an idea needs to be feasible and respect the local context. There is a budget of £20,000 for implementation but this could be added to with grant funding, lottery funding and / or sponsorship if the winning design requires more funding.

There will be a simple selection process, starting with an Expression of Interest, followed by a CV/portfolio submission from which a short list of three will be drawn up to receive an honorarium of £500.00 to submit full concept drawings. The winning entry will then be commissioned to develop and implement the scheme or idea.
If you are interested, then please register for the full brief by calling 01243 534677 or emailing klong@chichester.gov.uk.

Thank you for your interest.


Barry Jenkins
Chichester City Centre Partnership

Chichester BID Ballot Results

Chichester City Centre Business Improvement District (BID)

As Ballot Holder appointed for the District of Chlchester at the Business lmprovement District held on 31 October 2011 under the Local Government Act

2003 Business lmprovement Districts (England) Regulations 2004.

  • The total number of ballot papers counted was 222
  • The total Rateable Value of papers counted was 8,107,550
  • The number of votes cast in favour of YES was 163
  • The number of Yes votes as ao/o =73.42/0
  • The Rateable Value voting Yes 6,834,950
  • The Rateable Value voting Yes as % = 84.3%
  • The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: 0

a) Voting for both answers to the question asked
b) Unmarked or void for uncertainty

Total rejected

John Marsland - Ballot Holder

Turnout: 36%
Dated: 31 October 2011

View the signed ballot results (pdf)

Don’t Forget to Vote

It has been a very busy time lately making sure that all businesses are fully informed about the Business Improvement District. Your vote needs to be returned by 28th October. We are aware that there are some businesses that may still have enquiries so please do not hesitate to contact me (01243 534677), if you have any questions.