Neil Walsh and partner Tom Hodgin at The Windmill pub on Seabank Road in Southport with the Southport Gift card

People looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift this year are being invited to treat their Dads to a Southport Gift Card

The gift cards were launched by the Southport Business Improvement District last year as a way of giving a boost to our local economy while encouraging people to spend local. 

Now that businesses across our town have reopened following months of lockdown, Southport Gift Card is the perfect way of supporting the local economy while giving people a great choice on where to spend it. 

Over 80 Southport town centre shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and leisure venues have already signed up to accept the brand-new Southport Gift Card, with more added each week. 

The card is ready to be spent in high street favourites such as M&S, The Entertainer, Flannels, Morrisons supermarket and Sports Direct plus dozens of popular independent favourites such as Baby Love, Lavish Home, Man To Man, Plaza Cards, Volare, Reputation, Tap & Bottles and Over The Moon kids boutique. 

Southport Pleasureland, The Atkinson, Southport Football Club, Southport Bijou Cinema and Southport Golf Links  are among local attractions which accept the cards. 

The Southport Gift Card makes a superb gift for friends and family. People can buy it from £5 up to £500 using the link here

Southport BID launched the initiative in order to encourage more people to spend money locally and to help firms recover from the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said: “Father’s Day takes place on Sunday, 20th June this year. After the year we have all had, it is a great time to give something special to the Dad or Grandad in your life. 

“Buying them a Southport Gift Card is a really thoughtful gift which will give them a great choice over where they can spend it, while also supporting our many local businesses here in Southport.

“Now that lockdown restrictions have finally eased, it is more important than ever for people to ‘shop local’, ‘spend local’ and support our local venues. 

“The Southport Gift Card is a great way of keeping spend right at the heart of the local economy while saying ‘Happy Father’s Day’.” 

The new scheme works exactly like any other shop gift card scheme. The purchaser can pre-load from £5 up to £500 on a card that they give as a present to family members, colleagues or friends. The card can then be spent just like any other debit card and they can purchase from any venue accepting it and spread their spend across as many venues as they wish.

The Mastercard-based gift card could also be used by the town centre’s many offices and companies as an incentive for employees and colleagues.

Rachel Fitzgerald said: “The card will help small businesses to compete against the online giants, and bring people directly into our stores and onto our high street. So rather than buying Amazon or Google gift cards why not choose to give the Southport Gift Card? It’s easy to use and ensures that your money is spent locally, so you’re supporting local businesses with your purchase.”

Southport BID has partnered with Miconex to deliver the pre-payment gift card with the aim to have it accepted in over 150 stores, hospitality venues or attractions. Similar town gift cards across the country have seen tens of thousands kept in the local economy a year.

Find out more details about Southport BID at and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In on @southportBID For more details and to buy the new Southport Gift Card please visit 


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