When you purchase a #ShopMidCoast Gift Card to support local businesses and local jobs, you're also backing a winner.
Last week, Why Leave Town, the organisation behind regional shop local cards including the #ShopMidCoast gift card, won the NSW Resilient Australia Business Award for 2021.
"From humble beginnings in our hometown of Narrabri in 2010, where we had 30 participating businesses, and about $20,000 loaded in the first 12 months, the program has now grown to over 70 gift card partners Australia-wide," Why Leave Town director and co-founder, Ashley Watt said.
"We have over 5000 participating businesses in our network, reaching over 150 postcodes," he said.
"As of last month, we surpassed $12 million in loaded cards.
"The great news is all of this money has to be spent with local businesses.
"And these figures are growing daily."
Speaking on behalf of MidCoast Council, growth, economic development and tourism manager, Deb Tuckerman extended her congratulations to the Why Leave Town team.
"In just over 12 months the Mid Coast has grown to be one of the largest programs with more than $121,000 loaded onto #ShopMidCoast Cards," Ms Tuckerman said.
"So far, the direct impact of a stimulus of $121,000 is estimated at $218,000 for the Mid Coast economy."
Our region is strong and diverse and so are our businesses and the card is a symbol of that united strength.MidCoast Business Chamber president, John Stevens
MidCoast Business Chamber president, John Stevens said: "The Shop MidCoast Card represents everything that's good about Mid Coast business.
"Our region is strong and diverse and so are our businesses and the card is a symbol of that united strength," he said.
"By using the card consumers show local businesses that they're committed to our community, that they value their excellence and that they believe - like us - that we're all stronger when we work together."
The #ShopMidCoast gift card has the benefit of no other gift card - it can be used at multiple venues multiple times until the money runs out and has a three year expiry.
"After just one year of promoting the program, we have nearly 300 Mid Coast businesses where you can spend your gift card.," Ms Tuckerman said.
A #Shop MidCoast gift card is the perfect gift, and it keeps on giving - providing Mid Coast locals with jobs and keeping our local economy strong.
The stay at home orders have been hard on us all and especially local business.
If you have a #ShopMidCoast card in your wallet, spend it now to give local businesses a boost and support local jobs!
Visit www.shopmidcoast.com.au for more information for businesses and customers to support local and #ShopMidCoast.
Did you know? Great Lakes Advocate online subscribers not only have 24/7 access to local and national news, sport, what's on and entertainment - they also have access to our print editions in digital format, with all the advertisements and classifieds at their fingertips.