Canterbury Bid

The Canterbury Gift Card

Canterbury BID wants to keep money circulating in the local economy, so we’re delighted to introduce The Canterbury Gift Card.

This project is running very successfully in 45 other towns and cities across the UK – and now it’s Canterbury’s turn!

The cards make brilliant birthday and Christmas presents, corporate rewards and even prizes, as well as supporting local businesses.

We’ll be promoting them to residents, those who work in or visit Canterbury regularly and also to student families – they make a great ‘Welcome to Canterbury’ gift.

What does The Canterbury Gift Card do ?

The card is purchased by the gift-giver, with a pre-loaded amount to spend (this can be however much they wish to give). The recipient can then spend the card in their choice participating businesses in Canterbury. These businesses will be signed up to the scheme and able to receive payment via the Gift Card.

Where can the card be purchased ?

Cards can be purchased in person from the Tourist Information Desk at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in the High Street, or online at (The website is not live yet, as we are in the process of signing up businesses). Online purchases are then posted via Royal Mail to the purchaser or recipient (as preferred).

How does my business sign up ?

The Canterbury Gift Card can be accepted by independents and nationals alike as it’s a Mastercard programme.

It’s really easy to get involved. Simply:

1) Complete the registration form HERE  

2) Sign the Merchant Participation Letter HERE

Once registered the gift card team will be in touch to organise a test swipe and complete your registration on the programme.

Full list of national brands who accept Town and City Gift Cards HERE

Read the Canterbury Gift Card Merchant Brief HERE for all your FAQs

My business already has its own gift card…

This card is not designed to replace existing merchant voucher schemes, but to complement the offering. The Canterbury card canonly be spent in the city, but at a wide variety of businesses.

Does it cost me anything to sign up ?

For Canterbury BID members, participation is FREE. The only cost to the merchant is the usual cost of accepting a Mastercard payment.

If you are not a Canterbury BID member, contact us about becoming a voluntary contributor:

When does the scheme start ?

We’re signing businesses up now. The Canterbury Gift Card should be launching mid November, so expect to see them in circulation before Christmas.  Don’t miss out – if you’re not part of the scheme, shoppers won’t be able to spend their gift card in your business.

Please take a moment to watch the youtube presentation below. If you have any questions about the scheme or want us to come and talk it through with you, please contact: Kathy Moulton: Email  or call 07838 970578