Date: 22 Jan 2024
Category: Supporting businesses
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Ryan Murphy has welcomed news that the Belfast City Centre Gift Card surpassed its 2023 target of £500k, achieving £550k in sales, directly benefiting the 223 city centre businesses involved.
The initiative, funded by the Belfast Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Belfast One, Destination CQ and Linen Quarter, has grown significantly since 2019. The recent Christmas moments campaign #GiftTheCity not only helped to achieve £550k sales but positioned the Belfast City Centre Gift Card as the No 3 bestselling gift card at Christmas in a UK league table featuring 106 Town & City Gift Cards. The campaign also featured a click and collect service.
Welcoming the economic boost to the city, Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Ryan Murphy said:
“Congratulations to the Belfast BIDS on achieving £550K in sales which will benefit the city centre businesses involved. Continued collaboration and partnership are even more important during these challenging times, so I’m delighted to see that the shops, restaurants, and businesses who signed up to accept the gift card have been so well supported by shoppers. This is such a simple, yet versatile solution for people who want to give the gift of choice and make sure their money is benefitting our city’s economy.”
Alan Crowe, CEO Belfast One BID, commented: “We are delighted that the Belfast City Centre Gift Card has achieving its £550k sales, which will help provide a much-needed boost to local businesses. The success will help to deliver a much-needed boost to the local economy, drive footfall back into our city centre, as well as encourage other businesses to get involved.”
Damien Corr, Managing Director Destination CQ, added: "This is a great achievement for Belfast City Centre Gift Card. The BIDs have continued to collaborate to promote the card to businesses and customers over the years. It is a great way to retain spend within the BID areas, and best of all, it is very user friendly and absolutely free to businesses as the BIDs cover the costs. Businesses who aren’t involved should sign up so they don’t miss out on the benefits of the scheme.”
Chris McCracken, Managing Director Linen Quarter BID, said:“The Belfast City Centre Gift Card provides consumers with outstanding choice across 223 retail and hospitality outlets, and we are delighted to see sales grow year on year. As the region's premier visitor destination, we encourage businesses to participate in the scheme to support with the Gift Card experience as the gateway to a great day out.”
The Belfast City Centre Gift Card can be used in 223 Belfast City Centre Businesses from across the BIDs locations; including retail, health and beauty, bars, restaurants and hotels. It’s simply a Mastercard-based gift card that works in the same way as department store or shopping centre Gift Cards.
Customers purchase a card online at www.belfastgiftcard.co.uk, choose the amount to load onto it and make it a gift. There are a range of ways to receive the card. It can be delivered directly to the gift recipient's door, downloaded as an e-card, or via a click and collect option. Corporate Gift Cards have also proved popular and are usually hand delivered due to the value of cards - always maintaining an extremely high level of customer service. All Gift Cards are valid for a year.
For further details visit www.belfastgiftcard.co.uk.