As we all wait in trepidation to hear what level of Covid restrictions we’ll be on at least the warm glow of Christmas is nearly upon us.
Whether we’re on level four or five one thing remains certain and that is that shopping local is of paramount importance to help save local businesses and jobs
To this end the team at Love Drogheda Business Improvement District have been busy getting ready to launch their Love Drogheda Gift Card in early November with businesses signing up on a daily basis.
Over 70 local businesses have already signed on to accept the new card and many more are in the process of registering.
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As a prepaid Mastercard, the Love Drogheda Gift Card can be spent with a variety of local businesses in the area, encouraging local shopping and keeping money in the Drogheda area.
Drogheda BID identified the gift card project as having the most potential impact for businesses affected by pandemic related restrictions.
“Every half a million euros spent through the programme in Drogheda could support and sustain a minimum of 15 -20 full time jobs in the town,” said the chief executive officer at Drogheda BID, Trevor Connolly.
Key to the strategic introduction of the card is corporate gifts.
“If businesses are in a position to reward staff with a bonus this year we are asking that they consider supporting the Love Drogheda Gift card ahead of other multinational cards.
“The Love Drogheda Card is commission free and thus all money spent in store stays with that business and helps support our local economy.”
“In Ireland, we benefit from the Small Benefit Exemption scheme whereby you can give employees up to €500 tax free each year.
“It's a particularly significant time for customers to think twice about how and where they are spending their hard earned money. There is an increased awareness of the importance of supporting local businesses, and the Drogheda Gift Card will harness this sense of pride and support of all things Drogheda to assist the recovery from the recent crisis and to a prosperous future.
Cards will be available to purchase online via www.lovedrogheda.ie from the middle of November.
If you are a corporate business and would like to pre-order or further information on how to avail of the Small Benefits Exemption Scheme please email email@example.com
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