Several Ballymoney businesses are to offer an extra £20 to customers who spend their £100 high street voucher in-store.
Announced via a joint promotional video released on Tuesday —produced by Broughshane business Tyler Douglas Productions—customers are encouraged to support and spend their £100 high street voucher locally at the following businesses.
- The Winsome Lady
- Robert Gault’s
- Be Unique by Emma
- MS Mobiles
- Lavertys Opticians
- Shiels Jewellers
- Bumble and Bee
- Pet and Country
In addition to those businesses above, a number of others locally are promoting their own offer, topping the £100 voucher up to £120 to spend.
- MET Construction
- NorthXSouth – offering an additional 10% off your total spend when using the voucher
- Gems Jewellers
Economy Minister Gordon Lyons announced on Monday (October 4)that the first 100,000 Spend Local cards are being issued today.
The Minister said:
“Today’s marks the next significant step in the rollout of the High Street Scheme as the first 100,000 applicants are set to receive their Spend Local card.
“I am delighted that the process to issue the pre-paid cards is now well under way and that the first applicants will soon be able to use their cards to support their local retail, hospitality and services businesses. This will deliver the timely boost that they need to help them emerge from the economic shock caused by the pandemic.
“Since the opening of the portal last week, demand for the Spend Local card has been unprecedented.
“I would encourage those who have yet to apply for their Spend Local card to do so now on NI Direct.”
When an applicant receives their card, they will need to verify the card through a computer-operated phone system or text message and make the first payment using a personal identification number (PIN), before they can start to use it for contactless payments.
The objective of the High Street Scheme is to support local businesses across Northern Ireland adversely affected by the drop in footfall due to the pandemic.
The Minister concluded:
“As the Spend Local cards start to land in homes across Northern Ireland, my message to everyone who receives theirs is ‘spend local’. Please use your card to support your local shops, hospitality and other services which have been most affected by the Covid-19 restrictions.”