Ditch the car and earn yourself discounts at local businesses through a scheme that has introduced the Renfrewshire Gift Card.


Active travelers taking part in Renfrewshire’s Not Far? Leave the Car campaign have the opportunity to earn discounts and money off at more than 100 local businesses thanks to the Renfrewshire Gift Card.

The campaign has linked up with the Scotland Loves Local initiative and will see participants earn points every time they walk, wheel, cycle or use public transport and these can be turned into £5, £10 and £20 Renfrewshire gift cards.

People will also be entered into a prize draw every month to win a free £20 gift card.

Points can be redeemed at a range of local businesses including independent gift shops, cafes and restaurants such as Brew, Food Forty Six, M&S Food Hall, Zambretto Italian, Comicrazy, John McKay Jewellers, Musclebound, Remode or With Love Flowers.

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Participants can start tracking their journeys manually or automatically – with every journey collecting points they can redeem – by downloading the free app from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/leavethecar

Elaine Lorimer is the lead officer for the Renfrewshire Council project and is pleased to see the wide range of options people taking part can exchange their points for.

She said: “We’ve been working hard to make it as encouraging as possible for people to take part in the campaign and to start to get more and more active.

“With being able to redeem collected points at more than 100 local businesses, we hope this will encourage people to download the free app and start to track their journeys.

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The gift card up for grabs

“Leaving the car at home will make you fitter, healthier and reduce our carbon emissions so get involved and earn money off at your favorite local business just for getting active.”

The Scottish Government has backed the introduction of the Renfrewshire Gift Card as part of a landmark move to give every region in Scotland the opportunity to introduce its own local gift card, delivered by Scotland’s Town Partnership (STP) alongside Scottish fintech Miconex.

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STP chief officer Phil Prentice said: “It’s fantastic to see the Renfrewshire Gift Card being used to promote active and sustainable travel in the area.

“Every journey logged, every point collected and every gift card redeemed is an investment in Renfrewshire.

“There’s a strong synergy between active and sustainable travel and creating vibrant, successful communities. This initiative will drive spend into the local economy and provide essential support for businesses as we lay the foundations for a stronger future.”

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Businesses across Renfrewshire are encouraged to join the Renfrewshire Gift Card scheme for free.

Is there also the option for businesses to offer a discount to Not Far? Leave the Car participants to encourage customers to redeem their gift card at their business.

To sign up as a business to the Renfrewshire Gift Card, visit lovelocal.scot/giftcard

Download the FREE Renfrewshire Live app now for all the latest news, features and sport in your area. Available on both Android and Apple. Down load here: smarturl.it/RenfrewLiveSocial




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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