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NI voucher scheme: how to get more bang for your buck

Even though you can spend your £100 voucher in big supermarkets, the core principle of the Spend Local scheme is that it’s better to spend the money with the independent stores who were forced to shut during Covid-19 lockdowns.n a county-by-county basi…

Even though you can spend your GBP100 voucher in big supermarkets, the core principle of the Spend Local scheme is that it's better to spend the money with the independent stores who were forced to shut during Covid-19 lockdowns. n a county-by-county basis, and with a separate section for Belfast, here's what you could do... Wardens department store, Newtownards If you spend your entire voucher on furniture costing over GBP1,000, Wardens will offer you another GBP100 off.

And if you spend GBP25 or more of your voucher in store, they will enter you in a prize draw. You can win one of six items such as Waterford Crystal champagne flutes, a five-piece companion set or a Cole & Mason Wooden Salt & Pepper.

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Keith Irvine, manager of Wardens in Newtownards Picture by Freddie Parkinson

Keith Irvine, manager of Wardens in Newtownards Picture by Freddie Parkinson

Keith Irvine, manager of Wardens in Newtownards Picture by Freddie Parkinson

Balloo Inns, Killinchy and Hillsborough When diners spend their GBP100 Spend Local card at one of the Balloo Inns restaurants, they will receive a GBP20 voucher to use on a future visit.

Participating venues are Killinchy's Balloo House and its upstairs private dining venue Overwood, Hillborough's The Parson's Nose and Lisbane's The Poacher's Pocket. Nugelato, Newcastle Offering a 10% discount for those with the vouchers across all Nugelato's ice cream parlours - they also have stores in Newry, Kilkeel, Bangor, Portadown, Ballymena, Stranmillis in Belfast, and Cookstown.

Jack Murphy Jewellers, Hill Street, Newry, Co Down Newry's famous jewellery shop is offering a further 15% discount off an item where you spend your GBP100 voucher in full. Director Gemma Murphy gives the example of a Raymond Weil watch costing GBP1,000 - if you put your GBP100 voucher towards it, you'll get a further GBP150 off, leaving you having to pay just GBP750 from your own funds.

But the 15% deal reduction doesn't apply on sale items or items subject to other discounts or offers.
Belfast MK Toys & Books, two shops on Belmont Road

Any purchase used with the retail voucher will avail of an additional 10% discount - and in addition, anyone spending the full GBP100 voucher will also receive a free FUNKO POP collectible in store.
Wyse Byse If you spend the full GBP100 voucher with them, they'll give you a GBP20 voucher for your next visit.

No Alibis, Botanic Avenue, Belfast Dave Torrans, the owner of No Alibis, has said it's making a 20% donation to literacy project Fighting Words with every purchase made using the voucher. Two Sisters, Ardenlee Avenue

Victoria Nicol, the owner of the deli, is offering a free tea/coffee when you use your card, a free Two Sisters jute bag when you spend over GBP50, and a GBP20 gift voucher towards your next purchase when you use the whole GBP100 in the shop.

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Victoria Nicol, Two Sisters, Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast

Victoria Nicol, Two Sisters, Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast

Victoria Nicol, Two Sisters, Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast

Memento Florist Spend it all at once and they'll give you a GBP10 voucher for your next visit. Spend GBP50 and you'll get GBP5 for next visit.

The florist says it will also convert it into a GBP110 Memento giftcard which can be spent up to November 2022.
The Crafty Vintner, Lisburn Road It's offering a pre-loaded GBP10 Enomatic card for using on its 32 wine dispensing machines with a purchase made with the voucher in its off-sales next to The Bowery.

According to the business, the machines "allow everyone, no matter your expertise, to discover a choice of 32 rotating wines by the glass with ease". Co Antrim The Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, outside Ballymena

The venue says customers will be given an extra GBP10 to spend if they redeem their vouchers in full, with no limit on the amount of customers.
The offer extends to all services from spa treatments, dining and overnight stays and is also available in other sites, including the Rabbit Hotel in Templepatrick and and the Old Inn at Crawfordsburn. Joli Clothing, Ballyclare The boutique is offering 10% off every purchase made using the card.

The Puffin Gallery of Art. High Crafts and Jewellery, Ballycastle The shop is offering a GBP10 voucher when people spend the full GBP100 voucher in store.

The GBP10 voucher is to be spent in December and is intended to help with last-minute Christmas shopping. The gallery says 100% of what it sells is made in Northern Ireland. Rococo Wine Bar, Castle Street, Antrim

Customers will receive 20% off their bill when they use their high street voucher.
The offer is valid from Monday to Friday between 12-9pm with a minimum GBP40 spend. Those spending GBP50 or more will also get a GBP10 voucher for their next visit. Derry

Granny Annie's Kitchen & Bar, the Diamond, Londonderry Customers will be awarded 20% off transactions using the card. A message on the venue's Facebook page said it was "delighted" to thank loyal customers who had supported the business and the hospitality sector during the pandemic.

Also at other Granny Annie's venues. Inner Beauty Skin Care, Dungiven Customers at the salon will get 10% off their purchases when using the voucher in the salon.

Ocho Tapas, Portstewart The Spanish restaurant has told customers they don't need to be restricted by the time limit on the vouchers as customers can purchase gift cards which are valid for one year.
Co Armagh


PV Macari Interiors Offering 10% on all purchases using your voucher. Spend the full GBP100 in one visit with Macari Interiors and along with 10% discount, you will be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes, with the first prize a GBP500 voucher that can be used in store, second prize GBP200 of Farrow & Ball paint, and third prize a GBP100 Voyage Hamper.

Be Mine Photography, Portadown The family portrait photography business has pledged to donate 10% of all proceeds from the vouchers to Craigavon Area Food Bank. Tandragee Golf Club

The voucher will be accepted at The 19th Restaurant and bar. Golf Club members will retain their discount on food from the regular menu, with a further GBP10 gifted after GBP50 is spent on food and GBP20 when GBP100 is spent on food. Victor Stewart Enterprises, Queen Street, Lurgan
Customers who want to steal a march on a bargain need look no further than this one stop band shop.

Customers shopping for Ulster regalia and accessories, marching band supplies and Irish Constitution Masonic Insignia will be offered a 10% discount on purchases when using the voucher.

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Greig Stewart, Victor Stewart Enterprises, Lurgan (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Greig Stewart, Victor Stewart Enterprises, Lurgan (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Greig Stewart, Victor Stewart Enterprises, Lurgan (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Bessbrook Butchers & Delicatessen Customers can use their voucher to pay into their Christmas club account and set aside the GBP100 to ease the cost of the festive season.
Co Tyrone

The Fashion Boutique, Cookstown Offering a 10% discount in-store to shoppers looking to buy clothing, accessories and loungewear. Cuba Clothing, Dungannon

The boutique is offering 15% off to shoppers purchasing anything from jeans to jackets with their voucher. Plus, customers who buy something with the GBP100 pre-paid card will be entered into a draw to win a GBP500 gift voucher for the store. House of Vixen, Omagh

The shop is offering 10% off to shoppers who spend their voucher in-store - and they've got something for every kind of occasion. McNamee Giftware, Newtownstewart: The shop has a 10%-off deal on giftware, homeware and electrical items, including brands such as Russell Hobbs, Breville and Tefal.

County House Furniture, Strabane Spend GBP500 and the voucher will be worth GBP150, spend GBP1,000 and it'll be worth GBP200, spending GBP1,500 will make your voucher worth GBP250 and if you're splashing the cash, GBP2,000 will make your voucher worth GBP300. Co Fermanagh

Graham, Enniskillen The independent fashion retailer, with collections from Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, will be giving customers a GBP20 top-up if they spend the whole GBP100 pre-paid card with them. Karisma Boutique, Enniskillen

The women's clothes shop is offering 10% off to style-savvy customers who use their voucher next time they shop in-store. Westville Hotel, Enniskillen It has rooms for a flat rate of GBP100 in November if paying with the voucher - but it can only be used for Sunday stays.

Plus, if a customer buys a GBP100 gift card for the hotel, they'll get an additional GBP10 added to it.
Delta House & Home, Lisnaskea: Offering an additional 10% off when you spend with your voucher.

Across Northern Ireland:

Hastings Hotels says they will convert the card, which must be spent by November 30, into a voucher for its properties which won't expire.

It adds that the vouchers are also redeemable at all its hotels, restaurants and spas.