In The Designerie we feature some wonderful products from over 80 talented designer makers, and upstairs in Makers House, our six resident designer makers have been hard at work to create some amazing pieces for you to take home, with your £100 spend local prepaid card.
We are open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, so visit us in the shop, check out Makers House and treat yourself or a loved one to a unique, handcrafted item.
Every adult in Northern Ireland over 18 has been able to claim their £100m Spend Local prepaid card from 27th September 2021.
Applications for the card close on 11th October 2021 and the card must be spent before the 30th November 2021.
The scheme is designed to boost local businesses in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The card can be used for retail, hospitality, and other bricks and mortar businesses, but not online.
When the online portal opens, you must:
- Register online on NI Direct. You will be presented with an information page on the High Street Scheme and a button to launch the registration process.
- 8 pieces of information will be requested during the registration process; Name, Address, DOB, Gender, Disability, NI Number, Driving Licence number (optional) and mobile phone number and email address.
- You can register to complete an application on behalf of a limited number of other people, however, you must have their permission and their personal details.
- Following completion of the online registration process, you will receive an email confirming the receipt of the application. The information provided will first be checked against the electoral register database followed by the Driver Vehicle Licencing Agency. This is an automated process with no access to your personal information.
- Once your identity has been confirmed the details required to complete the process will be sent to the prepaid card provider and you will receive an email to inform you that the registration process is now complete and when you should expect to receive your card.
- If you are unsuccessful in the first phase of checks then your identity will be checked against a further suite of government databases. If your identity is confirmed then your details will be forwarded to the prepaid card provider and you will receive a confirmation email. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be informed and directed to the appeals process.
Following a successful application to the scheme, you will be provided with a £100 prepaid card which can be used in any local business with debit/credit card technology. The card can be used in card terminals that include a swipe facility as well as a pin facility.
A phone application process will also be put in place for those who can't do the online application, while there will be the ability to apply on behalf of someone else with their permission.
Once you receive your card you will be required to verify it by SMS, phone or on the computer before you are able to use it. You will be able to use it alongside other forms of payment subject to the merchant’s agreement.
You can use the card to order and pay over the phone to purchase services from local businesses however you will not be able to purchase online service or products, to pay for financial services or to purchase legal services.