Calling all Kirklees businesses!

Release Date: 14-Oct-2009
If you own a business in Kirklees and want to boost your trade, then KNH wants to hear from you.

KNH is starting to develop the 2010 edition of its award-winning discount card and are keen to involve as many local businesses as possible.

The card – now in its fourth year – enables council tenants, leaseholders and KNH staff to save money on goods and services provided by local business across Kirklees. It was the first of its kind in the country, and has been recognised as the ‘most innovative project’ in a major national awards scheme.

To participate in the scheme, all that’s required is for the business to offer card holders some kind of discount for 12 months. That could be buy one, get one free, 10% off – whatever suits the business best.

In return, KNH produces a brochure listing all those participating that it distributes to nearly 20,000 households. It also provides posters and a window sticker to show people that the business is involved in the scheme. Business owners receive a card to use themselves too.

Johnson and Johnson Removals of Fixby, Huddersfield have been part of the scheme for the past three years.

Owner Nichola Zaffino says: “it's an excellent way of benefiting the residents of Huddersfield and a way of promoting local businesses for local people. We didn’t hesitate to sign up again for 2010.”

Meanwhile in Dewsbury, Akhtar Kasia from Ink 4 U has been part of the scheme since the beginning. He says “The card has definitely brought in more customers, which is great for us. But it’s also great for the customers who save money when they buy our products.”

Other companies like Sofa Direct, also in Dewsbury, are joining the scheme for the first time to boost their trade and encourage more people to shop locally. Owner Denni Wood says, “The scheme was free to join and I’m keen to try it to get more customers for us. It's a great way to attract new business.”

KNH Excel Manager, Helen O’Sullivan, said: “When we first asked our customers if they wanted a discount card, they said they did – but they wanted to be able to use it at their local shops, rather than high street chains.

“So far this year, we’ve signed up over 200 businesses, which is fantastic, but we’d like to get even more.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone. Our customers get to save money, and we help support local businesses. They’re an essential part of our communities and our neighbourhoods suffer if they don’t do well.”

Anyone who is eligible for KNH Excel benefits will receive the card and brochure.

To qualify they must have been a tenant or leaseholder for at least three months, not owe KNH any money – or be on a repayment agreement if they do – and not have broken their tenancy conditions.

The card is part of KNH Excel, an incentive scheme that rewards and recognizes good tenants and encourages others who might have rent arrears to clear their accounts.

• Any businesses wanting to join the scheme can call 01484 223246 to get more information.