Andrew Board

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce chief executive Hans Neilson and Marlborough Media director Summa MacDonald. Photo: Andrew Board.

Shop & Win competition puts $5k up for grabs

One lucky Marlburian will win $5000 cash thanks to a new local promotion, Shop & Win.

Shop & Win is a joint promotion between 30 local retailers, Marlborough Weekly and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and will see a total of $6000 given to locals.

The competition is simple, buy anything at one of the 30 participating businesses between 22 October and 29 November, fill in an entry form and you’re in the draw.

After six weeks one winning entry form will be pulled from the pile and the name on that entry will win $5000 cash.

There are also second and third prizes of $750 and $250 respectively.

Marlborough Weekly co-owner Summa MacDonald says the competition encourages people to shop locally.

“We have so many fantastic retailers here in Marlborough and this competition is a way to encourage people to support them and go in the draw to win a massive prize,” Summa says.

“It’s such a cool way to get the town buzzing and it’s so simple for people to take part.

“We encourage everyone to fill in a form when you shop because there will be a local winner.”

Chamber of Commerce chief executive Hans Neilson says when you buy local your dollars kick off a multiplier effect.

“Spending your money at independent businesses begins a cycle in which those businesses then spend their money at local shops, support community groups and employ locals.”

Hans says small local businesses are the “economic backbone” of Marlborough.

“Many don’t have large marketing budgets so this offers a resource to raise their profile by being a part of something bigger, something that supports Marlborough as a whole,” he says.

“This is a great campaign and we’re proud to support it.

“It’s a gift to your community, and with Marlborough Anniversary coming what better way to say happy birthday.”

A full list of the participating businesses is on page 9 of this newspaper, or keep an eye out for the Shop & Win posters in the windows of participating businesses. A full list is also on the Marlborough App.

New paper for our region

More coverage of local news and sport will be the result of Marlborough Weekly’s launch today, says its co-owner.

Marlborough Weekly is a free community newspaper delivered to almost 19,000 homes and businesses across the region.

It is published by the same local company that also prints Marlborough Magazine and Marlborough App.

The paper will be delivered every Tuesday, meaning it will be first in the market, a huge advantage for advertisers and readers keen to know what is happening in their communities.

Co-owner and sales manager Summa MacDonald says the paper aims to be the region’s best and she’s been delighted with the response from the local business community.

“Local business owners have been really keen to jump on board, in fact there are over 70 different businesses in our first issue, which is amazing. They understood that a strong community paper was a great place to advertise their business and along with our monthly lifestyle magazine and community smartphone app, we have all of the bases covered.”

Summa says community news is an important part of any community.

“I live in the Awatere with my husband and three children and I hear all the time that people like to feel connected with their community. We hope that this paper will help people do that.”

The paper will cover a range of community events, which will be covered by experienced Marlborough journalists Paula Hulburt and Kat Pickford with sport covered by Peter Jones.

“Currently no other media is covering sport with any great depth. This will be a huge advantage for us and everyone knows that Pete is the best sports journalist in Marlborough,” says Summa.

Rounding out the team is Lisa Erikson and Susie Williams in sales, Toni Woolf in design and publisher Andrew Board. They join Kat Duggan and Sarah Hodgett, who also work on the company’s magazine.

If you have a story you’d like told, contact the news team at [email protected] or if you’d like to advertise your business, email [email protected] or call 928 4121.