The Spectacular launch of YourStreet Gift Cards!

I am delighted to report YourStreet gift card launched on Saturday 22nd June and what a fantastic day it was!

The unique, multi-store gift card redeemable only at independent retailers is now available to buy! This ingenious gift card was developed by local residents  Imogen McIntosh and Anne-Louise Perez (pictured right).

The launch hosted at 102 Cookery School at 102 Gloucester Road, was a day to remember with Tom Herbert (pictured below) from the Fabulous Baker Brothers kicking things off! The festivities continued in great style with the community-based Bristol Samba. The event was a feast of food stalls from around the world including Mexico, India, Poland and Turkey accompanied by cocktails from the Cocktail Caravan! People indulged in cream teas whilst listening to the wonderful 20 piece jazz band The Sisters of Swing!

The talented chefs of 102 Cookery School ran cookery demonstrations. There were also some fantastic competitions in association with 102 giving visitors the opportunity to win a kitchen worth up to £4k! And a retro style fridge, 102 cookery school vouchers and YourStreet gift cards.

As we moved into the evening a private drinks reception was hosted in 102’s superb cookery school upstairs. Bristol’s business leaders, media and of course independent traders signed up to the YourStreet gift card were all in attendance, Bishopston Matters was thrilled to get an invite!

It is an extremely exciting time for the YourStreet Gift Card ladies, shortly before the launch The University of the West of England purchased £63k of YS gift cards for all its new full time undergraduates starting this autumn. This is a significant amount of money guaranteed to be spent with our fantastic independent businesses.

The ladies told me that the idea for creating such a card came after trying to find presents for various family and friends, young and old that were difficult to buy for. Usually the first thing to turn to in these instances are gift cards but these up to now have only been available for the national chains. The invention of Your Street Gift Card celebrates the wealth and variety of local independent shops.

So how does it work? The gift cards are visa debit cards that can be purchased online by visiting – www.yourstreetgiftcards.com you simply request the amount of money that you would like uploaded to the card and then this can either be sent to your home address or gift wrapped for the occasion and delivered directly to the person you are treating. The amount of money on the card can be spent in as many venues that are signed up as you like.

The ladies have done their research and with 38% of us buying gift cards each year it will be fantastic for the independents to now for the first time have a share in this buoyant market.

Living locally the Gloucester Road was their inspiration but it is not only our local high street that the cards can be redeemed but all the key areas across Bristol (and in the not so distant future the whole country). Bristol locations with stores already signed up include the Gloucester Road, Clifton Village, Park Street, Queens Road and North Street, Christmas Steps and Old City. Shops that will take the card include; Joe’s Bakery, Fig, Marialina Soft Furnishings, OSNA Therapy Centre, Oddsox, Cartridge Right, Artemis Jewellery and gifts, Lazy Dog Pub, The Fish Shop, Totally Toys, Uncle Sams Ltd Vintage, Cooshti, Gardeners Patch, Aka hairdresser, Repsycho, Way, iota, Fox & Feather, Flo Jo….visit their website for a full directory of all YS indie traders so far!

For customer’s convenience shops that are signed proudly display a window sticker saying ‘we accept YourStreet gift cards’.

Bishopston Matters wishes the YourStreet team the very best with their first year of trade and congratulates them for supporting our very special independent businesses.

To purchase a YourStreet gift card or for further information visit –

www.yourstreetgiftcards.com

email – contactus@yourstreetgiftcards.com

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