Glasgow Gift Card set to drive summer sales across city shops

Glasgow Gift Card Photo call Photograph by Martin Shields

Glasgow first citywide gift card to hit the streets thanks to restaurant group Rusk & Rusk and Glasgow Taxis. Glasgow Taxis Ltd. drivers have always had the gift of the gab, now, they have the gift of the card. In this first stage of giveaways, a team of Glasgow Taxi volunteers will be hitting the streets of Glasgow on Wednesday 11 July, to prize 3,000 Glasgow Gift Cards to some lucky locals.

Accepted in more than 80 local businesses, the Glasgow-wide gift card is a prepaid Mastercard that can be spent at the city’s leading restaurants, shops, attractions and now, in more than 800 Glasgow Taxis.

Chairman Stephen Flynn stopped by Hutchesons City Grill in a brand new electric cab to accept payment for a taxi trip from leading restaurateur, Louise Rusk, of restaurant group Rusk & Rusk.

Stephen Flynn and Louise Rusk. Photograph by Martin Shields

Stephen Flynn and Louise Rusk. Photograph by Martin Shields

The multi award-winning restaurant group is the latest to join up to the scheme and the card is now accepted in all their dining spaces, including The Butchershop Bar & Grill, Hutcheson’s City Grill, The 158 Club Lounge and The Spanish Butcher.

The latter was awarded ‘Most Stylish Restaurant’ at the 2018 Scottish Style Awards. They join a multitude of other venues that accept payment via the Glasgow Gift Card.

Created and supported by Scottish Enterprise, the Glasgow gifting initiative provides the perfect present, with consumers being able to discover and enjoy the best of Glasgow with one handy card at their fingertips.

Louise Rusk of Rusk & Rusk said: “The Glasgow gift card is a gateway to incredible independent experiences, and we’re excited to part of a scheme which provides customers with endless choice.

“Users of the card can discover cocktails in The 158 Club Lounge, have brunch at our Summer Series events in Hutchesons or sip cava in the stylish surroundings of The Spanish Butcher – the choice is yours.”

Speaking on behalf of the Glasgow Taxis Ltd. executive committee, chairman Stephen Flynn said: “We are always looking for ways to make it easier for our customers to find their way across the city and this payment option is a welcome addition.

“We love the fact that a tourist can explore the city; enjoy a cocktail in Finnieston then hop in a cab to a top restaurant all with one gift card.

“Whether you want to pay via gift card, card, cash or through our app, it’s now even easier for you to travel in across the city in our cabs.”

Working like other gifting schemes, the card is a prepaid Mastercard and the balance can be spent on any businesses that are signed up to the scheme. Just choose an amount online at glasgowgiftcard.com and the loaded gift card, and it will be sent out by post ready for spending.

This new product supports the city’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, which provides the blueprint for continuing to grow Glasgow’s global profile as a must-visit destination and is focused on increasing overnight leisure tourism visits by one million over the next seven years.

Sallyann Tindall, project manager Scottish Enterprise said: “Scottish Enterprise is delighted to be able to support the development of the Glasgow Gift Card and we hope many more businesses in the city will get behind it.

“We aim to encourage visitors to explore Glasgow’s vibrant neighbourhoods and provide them with opportunities to experience great restaurants and attractions across the city centre in an accessible way.”

Designed and operated by Miconex, the card is available at any sum from £10 to £500. Customers can use it in one go or several visits to different businesses.