Shoppers in North Clare are being urged to play their part in helping local businesses to survive by Paying Forward.
A new online platform is being launched, which will allow people to buy vouchers now, that will be redeemable at shops throughout North Clare, once those businesses re-open their doors.
It’s hoped the model could spread to other parts of the county.
LeanOnMe.eu is a new website that allows shoppers to buy vouchers now, for use once businesses return.
The online platform, which is free for businesses, was set up to help them bring in much-needed cash during the pandemic and already those involved in Limerick and North Cork have benefitted to the tune of nearly €60,000.
North-West Clare is the second area to be included in the initiative and businesses can register from today, with access for shoppers from Monday.
Inagh Green Party Councillor Roisín Garvey, who’s one of those who encouraged local businesses to get involved, says it’s important that everyone comes together to ensure the future of the area.
The permanent closure of the Little Fox restaurant in Ennistymon this week highlighted the precarious position faced by businesses, and it’s not alone in making that announcement.
Businesspeople who have gotten involved in this initiative hope that it can stave off the same fate for them.
Orla McCarthy of Hair 22 Hairdressers in Ennistymon is one of those who’ve gotten on board with the Lean On Me platform
Michael Glynn, Clare FM, first for local news.