The lead up to Christmas for the ShopBallinasloe team was a remarkably busy period with the launch of the Town Voucher back in November – giving shoppers the choice to shop local in over 120 stores .
With the current lockdown, vouchers can be purchased from Dolan’s Centra, Duane’s Healthwise, and Salmons Department Store, J & S Photos on Society when they open back up.
Alternatively, they are available online at www.ShopBallinasloe.ie The vouchers come in denominations of €10, €20 and €50. €55,000 worth of vouchers have been sold so far allowing businesses to continue to trade online even though their doors are closed allowing shoppers to browse across multiple products, services and selections and checkout in one single transaction with their order shipped from the supplier straight to their home.
So many people got behind the local initiative, opting to shop local rather than online. In addition, many of the local businesses practically supported the project by gifting Town Vouchers for their staff as recognition for their hard work throughout the year. (Dolan’s Centra, Moycarn, Beechlawn, KPW, Ballinasloe Community Creche, Portunicula Sport Committee and Colleran’s Bus to name a few).www.shopballinasloe.ie
To date over €55,000 worth of vouchers have been purchased from all corners of the world. The vouchers are not only for Christmas, but they are also available all year round making them the ideal gift option for any occasion as well as ideal prizes for Raffles, Draws, Golf Classics and Table Quizzes. So, if you have a special occasion coming up or maybe you have a family member overseas – have them gift you some Town Vouchers.
The project is a joint initiative between local businesses marketing agency Araya Business Support Services (Honoria Mitchell Black, Niamh Creaven Connaughton) and Kickstart Web Design (Joe Glennon, David Ansley) the team are passionate about supporting local and making the town a better place to live in. The team have also received tremendous support from BACD and BCU as well as gaining a new team member - Hilary O’Brien in charge of onboarding businesses and driving the Town Voucher initiative.
Supporting local businesses and jobs has never been more important. Choosing to ‘buy local’, ensures the town survives. By purchasing these vouchers everyone is making a difference that benefits the community economically .
If you are a local retailer and would like to be involved, membership is now open and further information can be found on their website www.shopballinasloe.ie
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