Many local businesses have been negatively impacted by the Covid epidemic. The scheme is part of a series of Covid-19 recovery schemes designed by the NI Executive and is intended to help businesses recover from the economic downturn. Each eligible person will receive a Spend Local £100 Prepaid Mastercard to spend in local businesses over a short period of time, as a result of the scheme delivered by the Department for the Economy.
Gordon Lyons, the Economy Minister of Northern Ireland, has revealed that the High Street Voucher scheme brought in over one million shoppers to the high streets.
The spend local cards were issued late last year in order to help businesses recover from the coronaviruses. The Department for the Economy ran the scheme from September 27 to December 19. Almost five million dollars was left unspent on activated cards according to the data.