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Welcome to the Shop Hartlepool blog, a great place to find out more about the amazing businesses signed up to Shop Hartlepool.

We want to shout about Hartlepool’s success stories and introduce you to the new kids on the block. You’ll find behind the scenes articles about local businesses alongside regular updates and news from the Shop Hartlepool team. 

We are always looking for great stories, so if you want to to be featured, or know a business who would, get in touch using the button below.   

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is so close you can almost feel it. What better time to launch some Shop Hartlepool festive fun? 

This year Shop Hartlepool is launching its first ever Christmas Window Display Competition. All you have to do to take part is register your business then decorate your window. It couldn’t be easier. The registration form is now live so head over to our Christmas Window Display page to join the fun. 

After the dismal days we have all endured over the past 19 months, we want this Christmas to shine bright so grab your tinsel, trim those trees and let your imagination run wild! We are hoping to see some whimsical, winter wonderlands across our town. 

Come 1st December we’ll open up the voting to the people of Hartlepool to crown their favourite window of the festive season. Shoppers can follow the trail to view all of the participating windows, then head over to Shop Hartlepool to cast their vote.

Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Given the incredibly difficult time local businesses have had to endure since the pandemic began, this Christmas really does represent a ray of light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

“I’m delighted to hear about the plans of the Shop Hartlepool team and I’d like to congratulate them on their imagination and creativity as they strive to engage with as many businesses and shoppers as possible.

“The initiative has been an incredible success since its launch in the summer, and let’s all continue to play our part by ensuring that wherever possible we support the local economy by shopping local.”

What are you waiting for? Registration closes on 15th November so sign up now to spread some Christmas cheer this festive season. We can’t wait to see your wonderful displays. 


Participants must be based in Hartlepool and registered to Shop Hartlepool to take part. Registration is open from 26th October to 15th November 2021. Windows must be decorated no later than 19th November 2021 to allow photographs to be taken for the vote. Shop Hartlepool will arrange photography of each participating window display. The public will be able to vote from 1st December to 22nd December 2021 with a winner announced on the Shop Hartlepool social media channels on 23rd December 2021. There will be no physical prize for the winner, however the winning window will be shared across the Shop Hartlepool social media channels and through the Shop Hartlepool blog.

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