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Small Business Saturday marked with free cash for city centre shoppers

Visitors to Newport tomorrow will be handed free money to spend in the city centre.

To mark Small Business Saturday, Newport City Council has partnered with the Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID) to give out 100 of the BID’s gift cards in the city centre.

The gift cards can only be spent at more than 50 participating businesses in the city centre, ranging from shops to pubs, cafes to art galleries.

The cards will be in special ‘Load This Card’ envelopes.

Follow the instructions on the envelope to load the card with money and then gift it to a loved one.

However, the majority of the cards being handed out will each already be loaded with money ranging from £100 to £10.

These envelopes will contain presentation cards saying ‘Congratulations! You’ve Won’.

Newport Now BID manager Kevin Ward said: “The 100 gift cards will be handed out in the city centre by the BID’s Street Ambassadors between 10am and 3pm.

“If you are handed one by our blue-uniformed Ambassadors then make sure you check whether the gift card inside is already loaded with £100, £50, £20 or £10 to spend with our fantastic local businesses.

“Small Business Saturday is all about supporting local businesses – and that is precisely what our gift cards do all year round.”

Councillor Jane Mudd, leader of Newport City Council, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Newport Now BID and bring a little more Christmas cheer to people who are visiting Newport city centre.

“Newport does have a great offering and we are particularly proud of our local businesses. We encourage everyone to shop local and support Newport businesses on Small Business Saturday, for Christmas and beyond.”

You can register your business to accept Newport Now gift cards by clicking here.

Newport Now gift cards can be purchased online by clicking here.


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