Designed to keep “Think Local, Shop Local” at the forefront of the publics mind, the card ensures that local spending stay local. With 0% commission to businesses and no sign-up fees it is the easiest way that you can support your local economy. The Love Drogheda GiftCard currently has over 175 businesses signed-up to accept it, covering everything from retail, restaurants and cafes to personal services and attractions.
In June 2021, Love Drogheda BIDS and Louth County Council worked with City Booth, a Collon based company, to construct several parklets that were then installed all over the town. Parklets are seen as a way of creating small oases of calm on busy streets and provide a place for people to stop, sit and enjoy street activities. They convert a small number of parking spaces or sections offloading bays into open public-use spaces that support local businesses by creating green areas for passers-by to sit and interact.
Determined to add a bit of colour and cheer to the evenings in Drogheda the popular festoon lights along North and South Quays were installed by Love Drogheda BID in 2019 and remain lit throughout the year, though they feature well with the additional Christmas Lights when they get put up also. The festoon lighting was one of Love Drogheda BIDS first projects since getting voted in by rate-payers in 2019. Now a stand-out feature of our gorgeous waterfront, the festoon lights have been greeted with enthusiasm by the public and visitors to Drogheda alike.
Gaining Purple Flag status has been one of Love Drogheda BIDS top priorities since its inception. The Purple Flag is the gold standard for night-time economy and is awarded to towns in recognition of the quality of its evening and night-time economy. The Purple Flag assessors investigate areas such as vibrancy, variety, uniqueness, safety in how people travel home after a night out as well as how the evening and night-time community in a town works together.
The Love Drogheda Gift Card shop local gift card is one of the projects that has been at the top of the teams list since 2020. Since launching the gift card we have followed up the important message of “Shop Local, Shop Drogheda” with a series of social media posts and videos, highlighting the wide range of businesses available to the public and encouraging them to think local and shop local. We also launched a series of billboards repeating this message at entry points in the town.