LOYALTY to shopping locally is being rewarded in a village.
Emsworth has its own loyalty card which aims to support local businesses by encouraging shoppers to visit them.
The Emsworth Extra Loyalty Card initiative gives shoppers the chance to win a prize every month donated by local businesses, as well as shopping vouchers to be spent in Extra Card participating business.
Since beginning more than two years ago, the initiative has gone from strength to strength, with more than 50 participating businesses who, combined, have given out almost 24 prizes and more than £500 in local shopping vouchers.
The Emsworth Business Association (EBA) began the initiative with the aim of giving back to the community and supporting local businesses.
Giles Babb, landlord of the Blue Bell Inn and chair of the Emsworth Business Association, said: ‘Our goal is to encourage prosperity in the high street.
‘One of our initiatives that has grown exponentially is the Emsworth Extra Loyalty card, where a local business donates a prize worth £20 or more every month and we give the extra gift of £25 worth of shopping vouchers that can be used in the town.
‘This support from the EBA gives directly back in to our own high street and is our way of thanking those who shop with and support us.
‘We have had such great feedback in recent months so we have decided to draw and announce the prize winner at the popular Emsworth Hampshire Farmers market.’
Everyone is welcome to participate in the scheme, simply by picking up a card from a participating business and collecting stamps.
The Extra Loyalty Card winner will be drawn at midday at the Hampshire Farmer’s Market on the third Saturday of every month.
The next draw will be on Saturday, July 18.
Further details can be found online by visiting the website, which can be found at emsworth.org.uk