Chamber vouchers initiative kicks off
Free Bullring gig to launch 'currency'
A new Shop Local initiative offering people vouchers to spend in Wexford shops will be launched with a fanfare in the Bullring market this Friday, July 19, at midday.
The special Wexford Chamber currency has been created to reinforce the importance of shopping locally and sustaining jobs.
Vouchers in denominations of €50, €25 and €10 will be available to purchase this weekend at Wexford Chamber offices in Hill Street and also at the Bullring market every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout July and August as well as during the Opera Festival and the Christmas count-down.
Vouchers can be exchanged for goods in any of the participating businesses in the town.
Any business interested in signing up should contact Theresa Byrne at 053 9122226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 80 outlets are already on board. Watch out for the Wexford Shop Local logo at shops.
To celebrate the launch, there will be free entertainment in the Bullring from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday and on the following three Friday nights.
The entertainers are from the Red Chair open mic club, which meets in the Potato Market every Thursday night. They are performing at the invitation of Wexford Town Tourism Group under the banner of Visit Wexford.
Chamber CEO Madeleine Quirke encouraged everyone to buy the new vouchers.
She said: 'Buy a voucher as a gift for birthdays, weddings anniversaries or if you have visitors coming to Wexford. If you want to reward your staff, buy a voucher. If you are running a competition or a raffle, buy a voucher.'
'Your flexible friend will be accepted throughout the town in a wide variety of businesses where the Shop Local voucher sticker is displayed,' she said.
'Wexford is a town working co-operatively to promote and preserve the retail trade,' said Ms Quirke, thanking the Wexford People and the local authorities for their support and assistance.
Wexford's shops are second to none, she added.
'It is vital that when we spend our hard-earned money that we spend it in Wexford.'
'We have to support the livelihoods of family and friends and make a difference to the local economy.'