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You may remember, back in November we posted about the fantastic Wight Gift Card being released in Cowes and sponsored by the wonderful folks over at Wightfibre?  Well, today we have some great news!…

This scheme was so very well received and has continued to bring in that real sense of Island identity and many many more local businesses are getting involved.

For those who don’t remember, here is a recap of this brilliant scheme.

The Wight Gift Card works like a local currency, with each gift card a pre-paid Mastercard that can be redeemed at registered businesses on the Isle of Wight, for online purchases and in stores.

Shoppers can buy the card as a gift, and know that with a Wight Gift Card their recipient can choose their own selection from many of the Isle of Wight’s best-known brands and producers, right across the Island. The new gift card scheme follows on from previous shop local initiatives on the Island such as Fiver Fest and Let’s Buy Local. The card is supported by the Isle of Wight Council, and will support the Islands post-COVID business recovery strategy, in a bid to encourage residents and visitors to shop locally and keep their money on the Island.

Email Wight Gift Card – wightgiftcard@iow.gov.uk -and we do the rest.  As mentioned there are still free places in Newport and it only costs just 50p per month! Cheaper than a packet of crisps!  The scheme is operating for a minimum of 3 years and so we invoice for £18.00 when you join.

Accepting Wight Gift Card payments from customers is very simple.

The Wight Gift Card is a private label pre-paid Mastercard and does not feature Chip and Pin. It is accepted by swiping the card through the magstripe reader on your card terminal. If the card terminal doesn’t have a swipe function, you can process a card-not-present transaction using the 16-digit Mastercard number, expiry date, and CVV number on the back of the card.

You will receive the full value of the card – the only charge is the standard rate for accepting a Mastercard debit card.

This really is a marvellous opportunity to encourage local customers to keep their spends on the island and with local businesses!