Emma McCrea, Ballymena BID Manager, is on a mission to inspire everyone to embrace the power of local shopping and make use of their Ballymena Gift Card, whether they received it during the holiday season or in the past year.
Ballymena has a charm like no other, offering an extraordinary range of shopping opportunities. With both renowned High Street Brands and a plethora of independent shops, our town truly has something for everyone. From fashionable clothing and footwear to exquisite homeware and jewellery, locals are spoiled for choice, gaining access to incredible offerings and unique brands.
The spirit of independent excellence also shines through in our dining scene. While we do have recognisable names like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Dominos, it’s the independent eateries adorning our streets that truly captivate the taste buds. From award-winning coffee shops to cosy cafes and delightful restaurants, Ballymena’s culinary landscape promises an array of mouth-watering experiences. The variety and quality are simply exceptional.
Now, let’s delve deeper into the shopping delights that await you. Ballymena goes beyond merely offering choice; it provides a shopping haven tailored to your every need. Whether you’re seeking a versatile capsule wardrobe, sportswear, sophisticated work attire, chic outfits for date nights, or elegant ensembles for special events, Ballymena has you covered. And it doesn’t stop at clothing; you can also find magnificent furniture, stylish accessories, and even flooring solutions to transform your home. Need a show-stopping engagement ring or a memorable birthday gift? Ballymena boasts an abundance of options that are guaranteed to impress. The opportunities are endless, ensuring you never have to compromise on quality or variety.
Did you know that over 70% of the businesses in our town are proud independent establishments that have been serving the community for decades? Ballymena’s rich offering of local enterprises thrives thanks to the support of our incredible residents. Furthermore, every year, we warmly welcome new ventures into our town centre, invigorating the local economy with fresh ideas and offerings. When you choose to shop local, you contribute to the longevity and vibrancy of our community. For every pound spent at an independent business, an average of 70 pence circulates back into our local economy. It’s an investment that bolsters the entire community and strengthens the bonds that make Ballymena a truly remarkable place to call home.
Enter the Ballymena Gift Card, a fantastic tool to ignite your support for our town centre. When you opt for a Ballymena Gift Card, its usage is locked within our town centre boundary, ensuring that every single penny is spent locally. So, if you’re among the fortunate ones who received this precious card as a gift over the past year, it’s time to treat yourself! Venture into Ballymena and indulge in the abundant array of offerings available.
“But where can I use it?”, you might ask. Fear not, for we have compiled a comprehensive list of over 110 businesses that proudly accept the Ballymena Gift Card. Visit www.ballymenagiftcard.co.uk to explore the boundless choices available for you. And remember, it’s not limited to fashion alone! Need new tyres? Your gift card has got you covered. Craving a romantic date night? Let your gift card create the perfect ambiance. Looking to renovate your home with stunning new flooring? The Ballymena Gift Card can make it happen. Even your daily takeaway coffee or a delightful evening with friends can be enjoyed with this versatile card. The options are truly extraordinary, catering to every aspect of your life. And with every purchase, you can rest assured that you’re actively supporting local businesses and strengthening the very fabric of our community.
In fact, this year, when considering vouchers as gifts, we urge you to choose the Ballymena Gift Card. Imagine the collective impact if every member of our community made this choice. Hundreds of thousands of pounds would flow directly back into our business community, fuelling progress, growth, and prosperity in Ballymena. You can purchase the gift cards in Fairhill & Tower Centre Shopping Centres and online at www.ballymenagiftcard.co.uk.
Let us continue to make a difference together. By shopping local and supporting our remarkable independent businesses, we cultivate a vibrant local economy and forge a brighter future for our town. Join us in celebrating the unique character of Ballymena, where the spirit of community thrives, and every purchase becomes an investment in our shared success.