Discounts for Hornsea students who shop local
SCHOOL pupils are backing their town shops thanks to the launch of a unique student discount card.
Hornsea School and Language College has linked up with town traders to launch the discount scheme for sixth-formers.
The card, thought to be the first of its kind in the region, is designed to help local businesses as well as save students money.
Sally Richardson, community partnership co-ordinator at the town secondary, said: "We believe this to be the first local business partnership of its kind in Hull and the East Riding.
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"A number of businesses have already pledged support for the scheme.
"It will mean that young people will save money but also support local trade."
More than a dozen town traders have already signed up for the scheme and more are expected to get on board for the April launch.
Jamie Goodlass Hairdressing, of Cliff Road, is among the businesses backing the scheme.
Vicki Booth, assistant manager, said: "We are supporting the scheme because it encourages the students to spend their money in the town. It will benefit everyone.
"It will boost local business and hopefully it will encourage students to spend where they live and they will get a saving.
"I know the sixth form has also been opened up to students from surrounding areas, so it will also be nice if we get new people coming in and using Horn- sea's businesses and services."
Businesses backing the scheme incl- ude a driving school, a beauty salon, clothes and food shops.
Sixth-former Jacob Close, 17, is looking forward to using his discount card.
He said: "People are really excited about it. A big variety of businesses will be offering a range of discounts.
"It will probably make a difference to people's shopping habits.
"People tend to go to Hull to do some of their shopping, so this will encourage students to support local businesses."
Jacob said the idea was raised by students at the town secondary school.
He said: "I believe we are the first school in the country, to our knowledge, to start a scheme like this.
"I think it's good for the school and good for businesses in the town."
Fellow sixth-former Wesley Andrew, 17, said: "I think it's great in terms of helping local businesses which will have been hit hard by the state of the economy and the construction of Tesco.
"We are more inclined as students to shop at local businesses and support them, especially as we will now be getting a little reward for doing so."