Small Businesses

July is Independent retailer month, an annual campaign aimed at highlighting the important role small, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve and the local economies they contribute to. To coincide with Independent retailer month with CH1ChesterBID will be launching ‘Love Local’, a campaign aimed at reminding people of the benefits of supporting small, independent BID members and the unique products and services only they can provide.

Chester has so many hidden gems here in the city centre. They are a key part of what makes Chester such a unique shopping destination and we’re encouraging people to explore some of Chester’s boutique stores throughout July and beyond. We’re challenging people to wander off the beaten track and perhaps take a look in a shop, restaurant or bar they’ve never been to before.  Small and independent business also play a vital role supporting the local economy, with around 50-70p of every £1 spent locally recirculating back into the area, which provides a significant boost for local jobs and our high street.

Small and independent businesses are woven into the fabric of Chester city centre – they’re the reason many people come here to visit – but the strength of this community relies heavily on the support of customers. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to champion them and encourage local residents and visitors to get behind our small and independent traders Chester and LOVE LOCAL!

Support your Local independent BID business to be with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

Throughout July independent BID businesses will be rewarding your loyalty by giving you the chance to win a host of exciting prizes.

3 prizes of £100 to spend in a choice of our listed Independent Businesses

1 prize of £50 to enjoy a meal in La P’tite France

A Love Local loyalty card can be picked up from any participating business displaying the Love Local sign in their window, collect four stickers from any of our independent businesses, return your card with your contact details to the address below and you will be entered into our prize draw.  Be sure to keep checking throughout July to find out the latest prizes.


Please take a look at our business directories and look out for the independent business tag.