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Ardee Town voucher sales reached €90k in 2016

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Hughie O'Neill speaking at the recent Ardee BAFTA night at The Nuremore Hotel. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Town voucher sales reached almost €90,000 in 2016 – marking another hugely successful year for the initiative, it has been revealed.

The vouchers were launched a number of years ago by the Ardee Traders and can be used to purchase items in and redeem with well over 100 of the shops and businesses in Ardee.

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An ideal gift, the vouchers are not limited to any one store or business – giving the recipient all of the choice there is to offer throughout the town when spending. Available through Bartle Landy Financial Services, the vouchers are available all year around – making them a handy gift option for any occasion.

Speaking at the BAFTA Awards at the Nuremore Hotel on Saturday night, Ardee Traders & Business Association chairman Hughie O’Neill told the crowd that scheme had enjoyed another very positive year, with much support coming in the last quarter of the year in the run up to Christmas.

“The vouchers have almost exceeded €90,000 in sales this year which is a fantastic figure,” he said. “It’s keeping money in the town and it’s fantastic. They’re purchased by individuals and businesses are very, very good especially around Christmas time in particular. There’s a lot of money being spent.

“I’d like to thank Bartle Landy and his staff Michelle and Niamh for all of the work they’ve done. There’s a lot of work being done to sell that amount of vouchers. We really appreciate it, and we appreciate all of the customers who continue to shop local. No customers, no businesses – we really appreciate it.”

Considered a huge benefit to the local economy, the popularity of the vouchers among consumers in Ardee has grown hugely year-on-year when you compare last year’s €90,000 sales to sales worth €16,000 back in 2011.

This week it was revealed that a similar scheme in Dundalk, ran by the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, had sold €650,000 worth of vouchers in the town.

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