A GIFT card to support independent businesses and help keep Bromsgrove’s economy ticking over is being proposed by the local Labour Party.
It is the brainchild of Coun Harrison Rone-Clarke who will put the idea before Bromsgrove District Council this week.
Gift cards, or the ‘Bromsgrove Cash Card’, would be made available to buy and use at local businesses which had signed up to proposed scheme.
It would work in the same way as normal gift cards but with an emphasis on supporting the town’s independents.
Coun Rone-Clarke said: “People might not feel comfortable going into restaurants or doing big Christmas shops at the moment, so this is something they could grab from any participating local business and would make a nice gift for someone.
“Or residents could buy the card and use it when they feel safer to go out – the idea behind it is it keeps capital flowing in the short term.”
A big part of how the town’s recovery will depend on it ensuring capital continues freely through the local economy, added Coun Rone-Clarke.
“And it’s a way of allowing people to spend money within Bromsgrove during the second wave.”
The Labour Party will ask the council to facilitate the creation of the ‘Bromsgrove Cash Card’ at the next Full Council meeting tomorrow.