Waterford Chamber and Waterford City Centre Business Group (WCCBG) are delighted to launch the Waterford Gift Voucher, a retail incentive to encourage people to shop local and to help boost the Waterford economy. This local initiative is also being kindly supported by Waterford City Council.
Mayor of Waterford, Cllr John Cummins commented, “Waterford City Council is delighted to support this initiative which we see as another important element of the drive to revitalise the city and which will build on initiatives being led by City Council including the recently launched grant aid for new retailers.”
Commenting on the launch of the Voucher, Nick Donnelly CEO at Waterford Chamber said, “This voucher scheme is a great incentive to help boost retail in Waterford particularly during the festive shopping period. It will not only support local retailers, it will anchor local jobs and we hope it will lead to a boost in employment in the retail sector also. Businesses in Waterford City, Tramore, Dunmore and other locations are all welcome to participate in the scheme and we are encouraging all of those interested to get in touch with us.
In order for the voucher to truly work, we do need an additional commitment from businesses and employers who purchase vouchers, on behalf of their staff, at this time of year, to make a commitment to purchasing the Waterford Gift Voucher. If Waterford is to grow, then it is incumbent on everyone to make a pledge to buy and shop local through the purchase of the Voucher.”
The vouchers will come in denominations of €10, €25 and €50 and members of the public can buy them for friends and family for all occasions (birthdays, communions etc). Businesses can buy the vouchers as gifts for their employees (e.g. for Christmas or performance-related payments). Under the Revenue Commissioners approved ‘Small Benefit Exemption’ scheme, a company can award staff up to €250 as a once off payment, Tax and PRSI free.
Glenn Sheridan, WCCBG Founder and Secretary, commented, “The delivery of the Waterford Gift Voucher is one of the foundation stones around the establishment of the WCCBG. A shopping voucher for Waterford City was a must and we highlighted the need for such a scheme in our Development Document, which was produced and circulated in April 2013.
Competitive shopping destination towns such as Wexford, Kilkenny, Dungarvan, Clonmel and a number of others have all operated locally supported shopping voucher schemes for a number of years and we are to a certain extent playing catch-up. So it is essential that everyone makes the effort to get behind the Waterford Gift Voucher.”
Mr Sheridan continued, “The voucher needs to get the necessary support from our City businesses to give the variety of choice required by discerning shoppers, in terms of redeeming the voucher. The voucher will be redeemable across Waterford in shops, hotels, bars, restaurants and so much more.”
The vouchers will be available for purchase from Waterford Chamber offices at 2 George’s Street, Waterford and The Book Centre, John Roberts Square, Waterford. A list of participating businesses will be available at www.waterfordchamber.ie and www.waterfordcitycentre.ie, and a printed list will also be provided at the point of purchase.
Businessses who would like to participate can do so by completing the following Agreement Form and returning to Waterford Chamber, 2 George's Street, Waterford or by email to
Waterford Gift Voucher Agreement Form