New ‘Gift Card’ Initiative Launched To Support Local Businesses

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The launch of the ‘Kerry Gift Card’ on The Mall on Monday.

THE collective Kerry Chambers and Kerry County Council  have announced a new initiative to support local business.

The Kerry Gift Card is being launched to encourage people in Kerry to shop locally and spend locally. The card will be available to the public in the coming weeks and a call was made to businesses across the county to register their interest and sign up to participate in the new Gift Card programmes.

Operated by One4All through Tralee Chamber, the Kerry Gift Card will be available for businesses right throughout the county and will allow shoppers to spend money in their outlets and on their services.

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The card is being supported by the Chambers throughout Kerry and Kerry County Council in order to generate much needed local spend.

Speaking at the launch Mayor of Kerry Councillor Patrick Connor-Scarteen welcomed the initiative: “Kerry Chambers and Kerry County Council have been working closely together in recent months on practical and meaningful ways in which businesses can be supported through the current economic difficulties. This new Kerry Gift Card is an ideal way for people in the county to support their local shops and businesses.”

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell encouraged businesses to sign up and get involved: “For every euro spent locally, local jobs are being supported, local employers are being supported and the wider Kerry economy is being supported for all our benefit. I would urge Kerry businesses to sign up and participate in this worthy campaign.”

Ken Tobin, CE of Tralee Chamber: “We had originally been looking at launching this card for just the Tralee area to replace our outgoing voucher programme, however through discussions with our colleagues throughout Kerry it became very evident that we needed to all come together to support the entire economy of Kerry. As a county we are very focused now on rebuilding our economy, and this card will be a vehicle that allows the public to support local businesses of all sizes everywhere in Kerry.”

The Kerry Gift Card will be launched to the business community of Kerry over the coming weeks in order to help as many businesses as possible in the county to sign up. Businesses who are interested are being asked to contact Ken in Tralee Chamber by emailing

Colette O’Connor of Listowel Chamber; “The card will be available for all types of businesses to sign up including all retail, salons, hotels, bars and restaurants, and the card can only be used within the county. We will be urging all businesses within the county to sign up to accept the card.”

Paul Sherry of Killarney Chamber said; “It is vital that once this card is launched that the Corporate Sector, and members of the public use this card to support local businesses. When it comes to Christmas gifts, birthday presents and rewarding staff then the Kerry Gift Card is the only option that ensures the money stays within the county.”

The business community are being urged to sign up to the card to be ready for its public launch in September. Ken Tobin explained; “The card will be marketed quite heavily by the Chambers in Kerry and One4All, and when launched will be available online and through key Post-Point locations throughout the County.  One4All will also be directly engaging with the corporate sector, who we will be urging to support the Kerry Gift Card by rewarding their staff.”

Businesses will be contacted by email during the coming weeks by the various Chambers in Kerry to introduce them to the One4All team, and businesses interested in signing up straight away should email for further information.

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