Scarborough’s gift card is celebrating its first anniversary.

Launched in November 2020, the card can be used to discover amazing national and independent shops and to enjoy top restaurants, bars and cultural venues.

It was set up as part of a post-Covid lockdown regeneration project to encourage people to spend their money locally and give a boost to businesses affected by the pandemic.

Scarborough Borough Council support and fund the card alongside the Yorkshire Coast BID and the Brunswick (formerly the Brunswick Centre).

More than 90 town centre businesses are signed up to the scheme and in its first 12 months, cards totalling £53,000 have been bought.

The second phase of the roll-out of the scheme is now underway which means many more firms and food and beverage and other outlets will be eligible to join.

The team behind the scheme are now targeting businesses based beyond the immediate town centre area and hope to have reached a total of 200 sign-ups over the coming year.

A digital version of the card is also in development.
 
The card is easy to use and ensures the borough economy is supported.

It can be used to celebrate a birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement, family occasion or just to say ‘thanks’ to someone special.

Employers can also use the card as an incentive or reward to their staff.

Councillor Liz Colling, cabinet member for inclusive growth, said:

“The Scarborough gift card has had a very successful first year.
 
“My thanks go to the businesses who’ve signed up to be part of the scheme and to the many people who’ve bought and used the cards.
 
“At the end of the first coronavirus lockdown period, local retailers needed our support 
 
“The card encouraged residents to spend in the borough and boosted our local economy.
 
“I am confident the next 12 months will be equally as successful as the scheme is widened further and many more business have the opportunity to be involved and benefit.

“This is a great way to spend locally and to support businesses close to home.”

Lindsay Broddle, partner at Gekoglass which is part of the gift card scheme, said:

“The Scarborough gift card has been fantastic for our business. 

“Receiving one of these cards is wonderful because there is a plethora of independent businesses accepting these cards all over Scarborough. 

“This gives the recipient the flexibility to choose what to buy because they are not limited to one place.

“At gekoglass we are happy to accept the card against any purchase.”