Move provides boost to the local economy
Barnsley Council staff have been thanked for their hard work and dedication throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by being given vouchers to spend at any of Barnsley’s markets as well as Market Kitchen; providing a boost to the local economy in the process.
Staff across services have worked tirelessly to keep Barnsley moving throughout the pandemic, supporting residents, keeping critical services running and protecting vulnerable people across the borough.
As a thank you, all council staff have received £20 worth of vouchers to spend at the historic Barnsley Market – both indoor and outdoor stalls – at Market Kitchen and at any of the town’s district markets, a move worth around £64,000 to the local economy.
Vouchers will be exchanged for payment and reimbursed to traders –boosting Barnsley’s economy as it fights back against the impact of the pandemic.
Staff have also been given two reusable face coverings as part of the council’s promise to be more proactive in combatting the transmission of the virus.
Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “I’m truly proud of the hard work and commitment from our staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“As a thank you for supporting our residents, keeping critical services running and protecting the most vulnerable in our society, all our staff have received £20 in vouchers to spend at Barnsley Market, the district markets and Market Kitchen.
“It’s more important than ever that we support the town and local centres and encourage people to spend in the local economy and support the recovery of our borough.
“The vouchers will be exchanged for payment, and any reimbursement to traders will be processed as swiftly as possible.
“Our staff will also receive two reusable face coverings as part of our promise to be more proactive than ever in taking measures to combat the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Sue Round, President of the Barnsley NMTF (National Market Traders Federation) said: “The pandemic has obviously had an impact on our markets as it has on high street businesses across the country – but our message to customers is we’re still here, still trading, and in a safe environment thanks to the safety measures in place.
“We’re starting to see more shoppers come back to the markets which is great, and hopefully even more of our fantastic customers will return soon.
“The voucher scheme is a great idea as it encourages council staff to come and shop at our famous markets. There really is something for everyone, and it will provide a welcome boost to trade.
“We hope that other shoppers – customers old and new – will come to see us, too, and see what we’re all about.”
Businesses in Market Kitchen are also part of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out campaign.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August, Khao Niew Thai Café, Kay’s Café, Jar Bar and Rajah are all offering 50 per cent off food and soft drinks up to the value of £10 per person.