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Business leaders report positive impact of High Street Scheme

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Business leaders across Northern Ireland today reported the continued positive impact on local businesses as Spend Local cards are widely used by the public.


Minister of Economy Gordon Lyons

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons urged Spend Local cardholders to continue to “spend it now, spend it all and spend it locally.”

The minister said:

“There is no doubt that the benefits of the High Street Scheme Spend Local cards are being felt in the retail, hospitality and service industries. To cardholders who have used their card before, I urge them to check their balance and make sure they are spending the full £ 100 at their local businesses. It is vital that this money be reinjected into our local economy.

Mid Ulster District Council Chairman Councilor Paul McLean commented on how well the program has been received in Mid Ulster.

He said:

“The High Street Scheme has been brilliantly received by businesses in the Mid Ulster District, many of them developing creative offerings to encourage people to use the voucher in their business. The program also brought back much-needed attendance to our city centers after a very difficult period. “

Retail NI CEO Glyn Roberts welcomed the extension of the program date to December 14.

He said:

“We are receiving very positive feedback from our members that the Spend Local card is widely used with them. It is clear that buyers have answered the calls to support their small traders and we hope that will continue until December 14th.

“The High Street Scheme is an invaluable short-term boost to thousands of local independent retailers and we hope to see this support continue beyond the life of the program. “

Enniskillen Business Improvement District (BID) President Noelle McAloon believes the program has resulted in both attendance and expense in the area.

She said:

“This program was meant to reinvigorate our cities and, from Enniskillen BID’s perspective, we wanted people to reconnect with their main street. Enniskillen BID is delighted that the program is reintroducing consumers for the benefit of the high level of customer service, care and experience offered on our Main Street.

“We’ve worked hard to promote the Spend Local message and see it having a positive impact on attendance and spending. In Enniskillen, there are still high levels of spending to be derived from the program and our companies are expecting a very busy few weeks before the deadline. “

The Minister concluded:

“Helping our local businesses get back on the road to recovery is a priority for me and these comments clearly demonstrate strong support across Northern Ireland for our retail, hospitality and service sectors.

“In addition to spending locally, the public can also support our businesses by shopping safely while wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing and using contactless payment where possible. “

Cardholders can check their balance, view transaction history, terms and conditions, or find answers to frequently asked questions about cards online.

Anyone who has applied for a Spend Local prepaid card and has not received any correspondence from the ministry should contact the ministry at [email protected] and provide their name and national insurance number. Please check your inbox (including your junk folder) before contacting the ministry. Emails requesting proof of eligibility were sent on November 21 to applicants whose contact details have yet to be verified. Anyone who received an email should use the link provided in the email to submit their evidence – this is the fastest way to approve your claim and receive your Spend Local card.

Any eligible person who has been unable to apply should contact the ministry at [email protected]. They should state the reason they were unable to apply and attach proof of eligibility. Details of the evidence to be provided are available on the Ministère’s website.

The supporting documents must be submitted to the Department before Saturday, November 27 at 6 p.m. The Ministry is unable to accept evidence provided after this date.

The High Street Scheme ends on December 14 when Spend Local prepaid cards cease to be valid.

Notes to Editors:

1. For verification purposes to reduce the risk of fraud and error, each applicant has been requested to provide:

  • Name;
  • address;
  • age;
  • kind;
  • disability status;
  • National insurance number;
  • e-mail address; and
  • phone number.

2. Applicants also had the option of including a driver’s license number to enable verification. Once the applicant completed the registration process, their information was verified against a number of government databases.

3. The Ministry is required under section 75 to monitor the implementation of its policies, including the collection of data on age, gender and disability.

4. When an applicant receives their card, they must activate it through a computerized telephone system or text message and make the first payment using a PIN code, before they can start using it for payments. without contact.

5. Cards can be used at all participating businesses in Northern Ireland. They cannot be used online or for gambling or certain financial and legal services.

6. The helpline opened on October 11th. The late opening of the phone service was implemented to encourage more people to apply online when the portal opens on September 27 and to avoid using the phone line by leaving it available for those who did not. access or could not use the internet. . It closed at 6 p.m. on October 25.

7. The Department’s Economic Recovery Action Plan is available on the Department’s website.

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