Experience Guildford launches new ‘The Official Guildford App’
PUBLISHED: 12:44 02 September 2016
Launching this month, Experience Guildford’s new phone app, ‘The Official Guildford App’, provides everything you need to make the most of your visit to the town. To celebrate the launch, here we meet a few of the leading businesses there – and find out what offers they’ll be doing through the scheme’s online Privilege Card
We asked our participants the following:
1 So, tell us about your business…
2 What’s great about Guildford?
3 Share your Privilege Card offer…
176 High Street, Guildford GU1 3HW
Tel: 01483 504932
Person interviewed: Katya Parra, founder
1 Amor Amora is the continuation of the successful Milk & Honey café and deli. We know how hard it is to find good food and unfortunately it is even harder to find good food with good ingredients. Everything that we use, even the salt and pepper, are of the highest quality. The “epicurean” concept applied at Amor Amora gives you a high-quality food and drink experience along with what we believe is the best service in town.
2 Being a Guildford business-owner for 13 years, I have always been amazed by the mixture and amazing personalities of our local clientele. Guildford is just brilliant and beautiful, while the large variety of shops and businesses makes it different from a typical town centre.
3 We offer 15% off the total bill-cost on food at any time of day for any day. Just show the card or virtual card to one of our lovely staff when you ask for your bill and the amount will be automatically discounted from your bill. It is really worth it!
Champneys City Spa
194 High Street, Guildford GU1 3HZ
Tel: 01483 455850
Person interviewed: Charmaine Harbour, spa manager
1 Champneys is a luxury five-star family-run brand that has been a pinnacle feature of the health and beauty industry for over 90 years. We believe wellness is a way of life and are driven by the simple belief that lasting beauty is more than just skin-deep. Our passion for well-being drives who we are and what we do.
2 Champneys decided to set up a city spa in Guildford due to the beautiful historic setting. With convenience to London and surrounding counties, it seemed a perfect location to pamper the locals and visitors to Guildford. We’re a beacon of relaxation in a busy High Street – from scrumptious treats to day-to-day beauty necessities.
3 With this card, you are entitled to 15% off Champneys’ treatments and retail. To redeem the discount, all you need to do is present the Privilege Card at the time of your appointment. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
5/6 Angel Gate, Guildford GU1 4AE
Tel: 01483 452825
Person interviewed: Julia Jaconelli, owner/buyer
1 Courtyard is considered to be one of the top independent womenswear boutiques in the UK. We have been established for 20 years and stock top designer collections from all over the world for all occasions.
2 Guildford is the perfect town for the business, as there are many stylish women of all ages who live in the town or in the surrounding villages and are looking for quality, designer clothing and accessories. We have so many lovely, loyal clients who have now become friends as well as customers.
3 The Privilege Card offers 10% off all of our collections, excluding sale items. Just come in and show your card and we’ll deduct 10% from your purchase.
41 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DY
Tel: 01483 306369
Person interviewed: Hannah Deverell, store manager
1 ECCO began in 1963 with Karl Toosbuy’s dream to create a shoe company driven by the Scandinavian design philosophy of form follows function. Discover our range of stylish shoes, sandals and boots, where form follows function and comfort is key.
2 With a direct train line to London and located in such a beautiful historic town, Guildford was a perfect location for our company; it reflects our values of progress and modernism as well as staying in touch with our roots.
3 Claim 10% off any full-priced items. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Discount can be redeemed in the Guildford store only on presentation of a valid Privilege Card. The discount cannot be used towards the purchase of a gift card.
Field of Fitness
16-19 Chapel Street, Guildford GU1 3UL
Tel: 01483 567920
Person interviewed: Jon Field, co-founder/director
1 We’ve been around in Guildford for over 10 years and now have our dedicated personal training studio right in the heart of the town, near to the castle. We describe what we do as ‘personal training in Guildford for ordinary people who are committed to their health, fitness and well-being’.
2 We’ve been in the centre of Guildford since 2006, although we started just outside of the town long before that. The town has a real energy and buzz about it – drawing people in that live locally; who work here; who are visiting the local sites; or are enjoying our great retail culture.
3 When a Privilege Card holder joins one of our ‘Going for Goals’ programmes, we’ll give them a free one month ‘Plus’ upgrade, allowing them a free one-hour massage from our professional sports massage therapist. This is normally worth £55.
23 Chapel Street, Guildford GU1 3UL
Tel: 01483 533133
Person interviewed: Paul Galley, owner
1 At Fitstuff running store, we stock a huge range of running footwear and apparel brands. An in-store treadmill, video gait analysis, sports injury clinic and running club ensure that we can offer runners of all abilities the best experience possible.
2 Guildford has a unique combination of fantastic shopping and wonderful history, all surrounded by stunning countryside. Our running club can set off from the shop on Chapel Street, take in the River Wey and North Downs Way and be back in town for a beer afterwards, all within an hour.
3 We are offering Privilege Card holders 10% discount on all (non-sale) items. Combined with a free video gait analysis and shoe-fitting service, we feel this offers excellent value.
The Gallery Café
155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ
Tel: 01483 454608
Person interviewed: Phineas Williams, owner/manager
1 For 16 years, The Gallery Café has been trading in the heart of Guildford. It’s a true family affair, with my partner doing the baking at home (using eggs from our crazy chickens) and myself running the café with our lovely team.
2 Guildford is a beautiful old town. We’ve lived in the area almost all of our lives and couldn’t imagine setting up business anywhere else.
3 Our Privilege Card offer is 10% off anything, any time. So pop in and see why we are so well loved.
The Gate Boutique
57 North Street, Guildford GU1 4AH
Tel: 01483 453466
Person interviewed: Liz Trendle, owner
1 The Gate is a luxury womenswear boutique located in the heart of Guildford and is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of Surrey’s most exciting fashion destinations. I opened it in September 2011 having, as the owner of Catwalk in nearby Godalming, already had 14 years experience in the independent boutique sector.
2 We love Guildford because it is a town of contrasts: a buzzing vibrant city-like place set against a backdrop of rolling green fields. It is also the most luxurious place to shop in; alongside the independent shops there are all the luxury ones too: Jo Malone, Space NK, White Company, etc. The people are also very friendly. We love being located near the North Street market and we happily banter with the stallholders.
3 Our privilege offer is 10% off all full-priced items in the store. Just mention Surrey Life at the till point.
We asked our participants the following:
1 So, tell us about your business…
2 What’s great about Guildford?
3 Share your Privilege Card offer…
8 Market Street, Guildford GU1 4LB
Tel: 01483 577360
Person interviewed: Anishta Govind, store manager
1 Immerse yourself in our stylish chocolate shop and discover our devotion to making exciting, adventurous chocolate by unearthing exceptional ingredients and using plenty of passion. Hotel Chocolat continues to be a British-owned phenomenon brazenly committed to real, authentic chocolate.
2 With Guildford’s heritage and reputation for luxury, we always knew we had to be here. Guildford is a friendly town and we’re happy to have amazing guests that love chocolate as much as we do.
3 We’re pleased to offer Privilege Card holders a 10% discount on all full-price items in the Guildford store. Simply show your card or the app at the till to claim your discount.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
2 Market Street, Guildford GU1 4LB
Tel: 01483 450434
Person interviewed: Susan Turner, franchisee/owner
1 I had a long-held interest in natural medicine/organics and used the NYR products since 1982 so, having achieved a natural medicine diploma and been accepted as a franchisee, then began the long search for the right premises. We opened in 2000.
2 I chose Guildford for my new business feeling that there would be many families, like my own, ready to make the change to natural products. I wasn’t wrong and I love everything about my Surrey life and our wonderful, loyal customers
3 We give card holders 10% off all our products all the time.
OKE Karaoke and Cocktails
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3YA
Tel: 01483 566757
Person interviewed: Alasdair Wilson, director
1 Early July saw the opening of OKE to the public. We have a swanky cocktail bar downstairs with private karaoke booths on the top level, which means we are the perfect venue for a night out, whether it’s the first cocktail or the last dance!
2 We love Guildford because it is just full of things to do. We are just happy to add to that scene with something different. Guildford also has a thriving theatre scene and we are over the moon to be able to give everyone the opportunity to be the star of their own show in one of our private booths!
3 We are offering 10% off bookings for our booths by booking via our website and using the discount code EGPrivilege and also 10% off drinks from our cocktail bar by showing the Privilege Card at the bar. Come and give Guildford’s newest venue a go.
14 Market Street, Guildford GU1 4LB
Tel: 01483 570280
Person interviewed: Jo Williams, assistant manager
1 Pure Collection, based in Harrogate, was established in 2002. Today, Pure Collection is one of the largest cashmere retailers in the UK with seven boutiques, 30 John Lewis concessions and a growing market in the US. Cashmere is complemented by a range of separates in beautiful, luxurious fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton.
2 We love Guildford, as it’s a bit like a ‘little London’. Its cobbled streets and impressive buildings make it a picturesque setting for shopping, eating and socialising.
3 Privilege Card holders can claim 15% off (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer). Show the card or quote EXPGUILD in store.
75 North Street, Guildford GU1 4AW
Tel: 01483 577739
Person interviewed: Leonardo Rizzo, creative director
1 Sanrizz was founded in 1980 and has grown to a group of eight salons, renowned for excellence in hairdressing. The Sanrizz trademark is precision cutting and perfection in colouring. Our philosophy is to deliver perfectionism in all services we provide.
2 After the success of our salons in central London, we decided to expand outside of the city and opened Guildford Sanrizz in 2003 – in the heart of Surrey. It was the perfect location.
3 We are offering 20% off – valid on all services, Monday to Thursday, until November 2016. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This does not apply to products. First-time clients only.
4 Swan Lane, Guildford GU1 4EQ
Tel: 01483 568555
Person interviewed: Livvy Hollands, store manager
1 As an independent business founded over 20 years ago, we love finding beautiful handcrafted pieces from the best contemporary designers. Our small team prides itself on providing excellent service in a friendly, relaxed environment, offering a variety of jewellery styles to suit all tastes.
2 Guildford is a great retail centre with a variety of shops – from high street chains to beautiful independent boutiques. We enjoy building our loyal customer base of friendly like-minded people in this diverse and welcoming town.
3 We are offering customers 10% off all of our beautiful jewellery collections on presentation of a valid Privilege Card. From high-end designers to affordable luxury, we have something for everyone, including sterling silver, gold vermeil and costume jewellery ranges.
1 St Mary’s Terrace, Mill Lane, Guildford GU1 3TZ
Tel: 0844 800 0325
Person interviewed: Emma Keeling, clinic manager
1 Sk:n was founded in 1990 and is one of the country’s leading skin clinics, offering more highly medically-trained staff than any other chain of clinics. We pride ourselves on having the most regulated treatment approach in a meticulously clinical environment. Treatments range from mole excisions to anti-ageing injectables and from tattoo removals to facial resurfacing.
2 We have 40 clinics nationwide and Guildford was appealing, as it was in the heart of Surrey and allowed us to expand into a vibrant town. Our clinic is tucked away off the main High Street so is private but remains accessible.
3 Our Privilege Card offer is a 20% discount on treatments and products, with the exception of doctor-led treatments or consultations. We also offer a free skin scan to help determine a skincare regime. To redeem, simply present your Privilege Card at the front desk before any purchase.
More about the app...
Keep up-to-date with everything that’s happening with Experience Guildford’s ‘The Official Guildford App’. Check out all the latest offers with the Experience Guildford online Privilege Card, discover the town’s best night spots and places to eat plus plan your visit with the new, up-to-the minute what’s on guide. Offering the latest information on the best places to park, with real-time car park availability, the app is your perfect on-the-go accessory for a fabulous day or evening out in Surrey’s premier county town. The Official Guildford app is available to download for free from the Apple app store or the Android market. Sign up in September and you will also be entered into a free prize draw to win £250 to spend in the town. For more information, visit the website: experienceguildford.co.uk