The scheme, which allows people to buy BedfordBID â€˜gift vouchersâ€™ and redeem them at 150+ participating business was given a boost when Bedford College ordered nearly Â£50,000 worth in one go!
The order coincided with Marks & Spencer deciding this week that it was coming on board with the scheme and will now accept BedfordBID vouchers.
â€œMore reasons to buy BedfordBID vouchers and more places to spend BedfordBID vouchers – just in time for Christmas,â€ said BedfordBID Executive Director Mo Aswat.
The scheme was launched little over a year ago and has been tremendously popular. People can buy the vouchers at the Tourist Office in St Paulâ€™s Square or via www.comearoundtobedford.co.uk and spend them, like money, in all the best BedfordBID businesses.
Marks & Spencer Manager Chris Grant said: â€œWe have been supporters of BedfordBID from the beginning – it makes sense for us to support the voucher scheme too.â€
Like M & S, Bedford College is a member of BedfordBID and it accepts the vouchers in payment for educational or training courses. The College also recognises that it needs to support local businesses – and using the BedfordBID voucher is a good way to put money back into the local economy.
BedfordBID was formed three years ago to support business in Bedford and is funded by a levy paid by town centre shops and offices.
â€œNow is the time when businesses in Bedford can most benefit from being part of a Business Improvement District – we can work together to persuade people that they should shop and celebrate here this Christmas,â€ added Mo.
Pictured: (from left) Sarah Wagstaff of Bedford College, Mo Aswat and Chris Grant (right) show the vouchers.