A new loyalty card encouraging people to use Grantham shops more often has been warmly welcomed by the town mayor after he was presented with the first one.
Coun Frank Turner pledged to start using his ‘Spend Local’ card, which is designed to help independent retailers compete better with the large chains and multiples.
It is available in 22 participating stores in the town, allowing shoppers to take advantage of special offers and discounts.
“This a big step in the right direction,” said Coun Turner. “It’s a big help to some of the smaller businesses and good publicity for them. I will certainly be visiting our local shops and using my new card.”
The ‘Spend Local’ card, which has been launched by Grantham Retailers Association, costs a one-off payment of £1 with most of the proceeds being donated to a charity, which has yet to be confirmed.
David Charles, who founded the association, said he was confident the numbers would grow as more retailers signed up for the scheme.
He said: “I am very excited about the card launch. Anyone wanting the card can visit any of the participating retailers and take up offers from everyone on the list. It is a great way to promote local business and raise money for charity at the same time.”
The card is available at the following participating stores: Belvoir Gallery, Buster’s, Busy B’s Bridals, Cleaned and Heeled, DIVA, Empire Designwear, Estilo, Grantham Computer Centre, Grantham Health Store, Gurkha Square Indian restaurant, Fancy Goods, Hair Design, Harris Beds, Jenny Wren, John Cussell Jewellers, Juice-E-Vaporium, Liberty Rose Tea Rooms, Marren Tiles, New Era Italian Restaurant, Phoenix Gallery, Printhub, Simmonds Music, The Boutique, Thorold & Kent plus The Trickling Tap and Westgate Gallery.
l For more information about the card and details on joining the association, log on at www.gra.uk.net