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Published: 14:37, 06 December 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
Maidstone businesses have joined a “unique” scheme to take the stress out of Christmas shopping.
The Independent Christmas Crawl is part of a nationwide initiative which supports independent shops.
Fifty Maidstone stores are taking part in the project in which cash prizes are up for grabs.
To win, shoppers need to receive a sticker and signature from at least 30 participating businesses, the names of which will be outlined on a map.
They will then be eligible to enter a free draw to win three cash prizes ranging from £100 to £350.
Maps are available at the KM office in Middle Row, Maidstone council’s Gateway in King Street, Maidstone Musuem, Hazlitt Theatre and businesses which are taking part.
Completed maps must be returned to the Gateway or the KM office.
The scheme runs until December 24 and winners will be drawn on Tuesday, January 8.
Cllr Malcolm Greer, cabinet member for economic and commercial development, said the crawl was a chance for small traders to literally put themselves on the map.
He said: “This is a peak time of year for retailers and it’s important to make the absolute most of it.
“For shoppers it gives a fun and exciting opportunity to explore different retailers and to buy beautiful, different gifts that aren’t mass produced.
“We’re looking forward to spreading the word amongst the locals and building excitement about the great independent businesses in Maidstone.”
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