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More Than 1.43m Applications Were Submitted For NI Voucher Scheme To Boost Hospitality And Retail Businesses

Published on Oct 29 2021 12:38 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Spend Local / High Street Stimulus Scheme

More Than 1.43m Applications Were Submitted For NI Voucher Scheme To Boost Hospitality And Retail Businesses

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has said that over 1.43 million applications were submitted for Northern Ireland's voucher scheme to attempt to boost spending in high street hospitality...

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has said that over 1.43 million applications were submitted for Northern Ireland's voucher scheme to attempt to boost spending in high street hospitality and retail businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to apply for which was on Tuesday October 26.

Lyons Statements

As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, Lyons said that more than 667,000 cards have been issued to applicants.

Lyons reportedly said, "We had expected demand for the Spend Local card to be high and that around 1.4 million people would apply.

"I am delighted that we have received over 1.43 million applications and have already issued over 667,000 Spend Local cards.

"Already, over £13 million has been poured back into our economy.

 

"When the scheme is completed, we will see a significant boost to our economy, especially the retail, hospitality and service sectors which have been so adversely impacted by the pandemic."

Additional Lyons Statements

Lyons reportedly said that 1.2 million applications have been verified so far, and that those waiting to receive their cards should do so "in the near future".

Lyons reportedly said, "My department is now working very hard to ensure that we verify the remaining applications as soon as possible.

"As more and more people receive their cards, I would urge them to activate it as soon as they get it and then spend every last penny on it.

"Remember to spend it local."

Vouchers Expiry Date

The Spend Local pre-paid cards will reportedly cease to be valid on November 30.

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