Busy year for busi­ness group

Hastings Leader - - News - BY HASTINGS BUSI­NESS AS­SO­CI­A­TION MAN­AGER, KELLY NOLAN

By the time you read this the Hastings City Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion AGM will be over. For me as I write this now I’m neck deep in prepa­ra­tions. As well as all the bud­gets and board elections, once a year I get to stand up in front of our mem­ber­ship and tell them about all the things we did last year, and boy was it a long list!

We helped make Fringe in the ‘St­ings 2017 hap­pen as well as putting on six Har­courts Hastings City Night Mar­kets and cre­at­ing and dis­tribut­ing a new ver­sion of our Eat and Drink Guide.

Thou­sands of kids vis­ited Santa in the Hastings City Win­ter Won­der­land and we gave away thou­sands of dol­lars worth of prizes in the Count­down to Christ­mas promotion. We put Christ­mas Bauble stick­ers up all over town and handed out hun­dreds of Christ­mas trees for our re­tail­ers to dec­o­rate and dis­play and our Christ­mas park­ing elves were out spread­ing cheer and top­ping up park­ing me­ters.

We had an­other sell­out Tre­mains Hastings City Ham­per Auc­tion and for the first time we ran the Hastings City Mad­ness in the Mall Mar­ket through un­til 8pm. We part­nered with the Art Deco Trust for the hugely pop­u­lar Art Deco Fashion Flaunt and had demon­stra­tions and live mu­sic through­out town.

We joined forces with the Hastings District Li­brary to help out with Harry Pot­ter Book Day and brought some magic to Civic Square for an af­ter­noon.

We made sure that Al­bert Square was pump­ing with live mu­sic on Thurs­days and Fri­days through­out sum­mer, and the chess set and Imag­i­na­tion Play­ground were out for kids to play with.

We took to the streets with the Hastings City Bunny Ad­ven­ture and Bunny Hop where kids searched for bunny stick­ers hid­den all over town.

Our Wed­nes­day Win­ner Face­book com­pe­ti­tion had us giv­ing away amaz­ing prizes ev­ery week (don’t worry, we’ll be back for Christ­mas) and Win­ter Deco was an­other sell out suc­cess.

And of course most re­cently, we had our Cel­e­bra­tion Awards, with a mas­sive dome mar­quee set up in the mid­dle of Al­bert Square. That was just a frac­tion of the events we ran last year, as well as the gen­eral busi­ness of ad­vo­cat­ing for and sup­port­ing our lo­cal busi­nesses.

I’d like to say we get a break now, but we’re al­ready gear­ing up for an­other busy year.

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