No ex­piry on Shop Lo­cal vouch­ers

The Argus - - NEWS -

DUNDALK’S Shop Lo­cal vouch­ers have no ex­piry date which puts them ahead of the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal that gift vouch­ers are valid for five years.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Dundalk Cham­ber of Com­merce Pro Paddy Malone, who points out that since thier in­tro­duc­tion, the Shop Lo­cal vouch­ers, have ‘al­ways put the con­sumer first.

He has wel­comed the news that con­sumer leg­is­la­tion in re­spect of vouch­ers is on the way which will mean that vouch­ers have to be hon­oured for five years.

The Shop Lo­cal scheme was in­tro­duced by Dundalk Cham­ber of Com­merce, with sup­port from The Ar­gus, an he said: ‘ The Cham­ber would like to thank the em­ploy­ers of Dundalk, con­sumers, re­tail­ers and em­ploy­ees for mak­ing this such a huge suc­cess.’

‘Since its launch, over €2mil­lion has been kept in the town and when this is re-spent it means that up on €5mil­lion, has stayed lo­cal.’

‘In 2018 the fig­ure di­rectly sold was €685,000 over Christ­mas, bring­ing the to­tal for the year to €785,000, which means over €1,800,000 of busi­ness for the town and re­lated jobs, not all in re­tail.’

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