We in Kells need to dig deep and raise the necessary funds for festive lights this Christmas to ensure that we keep the positive image that has been created in the town over the last number of years.
In keeping with previous years, we hope that we will be able to invite Santa to town to switch on the lights on Sunday December 7th.
Last year, the cost of erecting, taking down, storing and electrical usage for the lights was €8,500.
This year, all monies must be raised prior to putting up the lights. The deadline for the collection of donations will be 21st November 21st so that we will have time to see how much money we receive and ‘cut our cloth’ accordingly.
A member of staff will be visiting businesses on a weekly basis to collect contributions as we feel that this will alleviate pressure on businesses to call to the Chamber during office hours. We are seeking a contribution of €50 per week over three weeks. To fully fund the lights, we will need 60 contributors.
This year, we are also writing to all the voluntary organisations and sports clubs to ask for a contribution to support the businesses - who in turn show their support through sponsorship and spot prizes etc.
The Christmas Lights Church Gate Collection will take place on Saturday Novemer 15th and Sunday November 16th and a show of support from the traders would greatly enhance the collection. Local people have always shown their support by contributing €1,000 through this collection.
To show our support to the traders in town, Kells Chamber is delighted to announce that we will be rolling out our Keep it Kells campaign – even bigger and better this year.
This year, along with our Facebook campaign, we will be organising a Free Draw to encourage people to shop in Kells this Christmas (see other blog post).
Working together, we can ensure Kells is a great town to live work and shop in. Please show your support for Kells this Christmas, and help us to make sure that this year we send out a strong message - Kells is open for business.
Kells Chamber President.
(Christmas Lights Photograph is courtesy of Léon Murphy)
Kells & District Chamber is delighted to announce the launch of the Keep it Kells Christmas Bonanza Draw, which is open to all businesses in the town – both Chamber members and non-members!
The promotion will feature on the Keep it Kells Facebook page here - where we encourage people to shop in Kells, helping our economy and supporting local jobs.
The Keep it Kells promotion was formally launched at the Chamber AGM, and will work as follows:
- All participating retailers will receive tickets for the draw and a poster for their window
- Each time a customer makes a purchase they can enter the draw
- Retailers will hold a draw in their own premises on Tuesday December 9th, selecting one winner who will go forward to an overall draw and we’d encourage you to create a ‘bit of festive a buzz’ on the day of your draw, for e.g. providing mince pies, music etc.
- The overall draw will take place in Kells Chamber office on Thursday 11th December
- It is the responsibility of each trader to ensure that their instore winner’s name is given to the Chamber office by 3pm on Wednesday December 10th
- The overall winner will receive €100 in Kells Gift Vouchers, and there will be a 2nd prize of €50 and a 3rd prize of €50.
Since the scheme’s launch in 2008, Kells Chamber have sold almost €250,000 in Kells Gift Vouchers. This year, as a way to bringing all businesses in the town together - both Chamber members and non-members can accept the Kells Gift Vouchers. Kells Chamber does not benefit financially from the voucher scheme and the cost of running the voucher scheme is covered by the Chamber.
The cost of the Keep it Kells promotion (printing, road signs, prize money, etc.) will be covered by Kells Chamber.
We all know that times are tough, but we are confident that the Keep it Kells campaign will present a positive face of a town coming together to support each other and let people know that we are open for business!
President of Kells & District Chamber
Important Notice: We are hosting a Meeting for all local Traders and Businesses at 6.15pm on Tuesday November 4th in The Blackwater Suite in the Headfort Arms Hotel. This meeting has been called to discuss a number of issues - including parking - that affect our town. Please make a special effort to attend and to voice your opinion on matters to be discussed.
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