Here at the Gurn we've heard about the interesting idea being canvassed by Nairn BID with local businesses just now. Obviously every penny we spend in local businesses helps local jobs going and the more we circulate our own cash amongst ourselves the more we all benefit - the BID are discussing taking that a step up and offerning the opportunity to do it digitally with a gift card.
A BID survey page for local businesses reads: "Town-specific gift cards are a popular option for organisations like
Business Improvement Districts as they allow a gift card to be bought
for residents of a town, which enables the money to stay in the town.
They have the advantage over store specific gift cards as if one shop or
chain ceases to trade, the card can always be spent elsewhere in the
The card is free for retailers to accept and the registration process takes a couple of minutes, using the existing Mastercard network. So, put simply, if you accept Mastercard, you can accept the gift card"
Apparently the Elgin version went down well in the run up to Christmas, P&J article here.
Peter Gibson, BID Chair, tells the Gurn that residents can participate in the survey too here on this webpage.