We’re giving a little back to the local economy this festive season by rewarding staff with the Christmas bonus of InStrabane gift cards.
The cards are one of a number of initiatives being rolled out by the Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) company to help maximise retail and tourism footfall in the town this Christmas.
BID Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Catherine Collins, said she was delighted with the endorsement of the cards by Frylite Strabane.
“The InStrabane gift card scheme is an initiative that has captured the public’s imagination and we are delighted that Frylite have got behind it by distributing them to their staff this Christmas,” she said.
“The cards can be used at over 80 independent and national retailers all located in the Strabane area and are an ideal way for local businesses to reward staff as they can purchase them in bulk and at a discounted rate.
“The scheme also promotes a return to traditional as opposed to online shopping, locking in spend to the Strabane area, and highlighting the compelling retail offering which is available locally.
The scheme is only the second of its kind in Northern Ireland and offers access to products at shops, restaurants, bars, salons, leisure and entertainment venues in Strabane.
The cards can be valued from £5 right up to £500 and operate like any debit card where users can check the balance on the card at any time on the website or by scanning the QR code on the reverse of the card.
Research into similar schemes show that customers who redeem gift cards spend on average 40% more than the value of the card and tend to upgrade their experience with higher-margin products.
Frylite’s client base stretches all over Ireland making them the leading supplier of vegetable oil and collector of used cooking oil and hard fats on the island.
Founded in 1988 they introduced a brand new ‘complete oil management system’ to provide caterers and food companies with a ground breaking all in one supply and waste collection service.
Almost 30 years after they were formed, Frylite continue to operate at the cutting edge and forefront of the industry and last year set up a Food Waste Diversion division to help Northern Ireland companies meet new legislation about the separate disposal of food waste.
Company founder and Managing Director Eamon McCay said the company were pleased to give something back to the local economy by gifting staff the cards.
“The InStrabane gift cards are an ideal way for us to reward our dedicated team at Frylite while also helping stimulate the local economy this Christmas.
“Many of our own clients are shops and restaurants in the Strabane area and we believe it is important that local businesses support each other and promote our own retail offering.
“I would like to take the opportunity to wish all our staff and customers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”
The Strabane BID company was created last year after Strabane businesses voted in favour of becoming a Business Improvement District, where local businesses work in partnership to raise funds to improve the town centre and the surrounding environment.
The In Strabane’ cards can be purchased in up to three outlets in the town including Café Fresco and the Alley Theatre as well as available online via www.instrabanegiftcard.com.
Businesses who want to sign up can contact the BID team at the Strabane Council offices.
Eamon McCay, founder and Managing Director of Frylite, is bravely opting to sleep out overnight in Strabane Co.Tyrone to raise both awareness and funds to tackle the issue of homelessness across Ireland.
Prompted by World Homeless Day on 10th October 2018, Eamon will spend the night of Saturday, 13th October on the streets of Strabane.
Eamon acknowledges that he is fortunate in being able to choose the temporary homelessness and understands that for others it is not a choice. Almost 10,000 people described themselves as homeless in Ireland this year. That includes men, women, couples and families. These are staggering -figures, but the most important message is that we can all help.
Eamon is working in partnership with a variety of charities including DePaul, a cross-border charity supporting some of the most marginalised individuals, couples and families experiencing homelessness. Their mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.
The Frylite Sleep Out is also just one part of a huge charity initiative designed to celebrate the company’s 30 years in business. Over the course of 12 months, colleagues are being encouraged to play their part in raising £30,000 to be donated to a range of nominated charities.
Eamon says “Frylite has always aimed to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Because we’re an all-Ireland business, we’ve found many ways to do this over the years and saw our 30 years in business as an even bigger opportunity to do more of the same. I personally am delighted to make this small gesture to help raise awareness of a nationwide issue.
“I would be very grateful if you can donate what you can to this most deserving of causes by visiting our Frylite GoFundMe Page – www.gofundme.com/frylite-celebrating-30years.”
Well done to all the staff at Frylite Strabane who raised a total of £588.00 at The Cricket & BBQ night held in Sion Mills Cricket Club
The team had a great night & all money raised will go towards ‘Raising £30,000 to celebrate 30 Years in Business’ for a variety of charities
Thank you all for your donations and well done
At Frylite we really do care about our excellent standards and reputation.
That’s why we have achieved Grade AA Accreditation BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, Issue 7
Our food safety management system, which is tried, tested and accredited by BRC gives customers assurance through recognised certification that the controls we have in place actually work, and effectively manage any potential risk to our product at every stage in the process.
BRC Food Safety Standard aim is to establish good manufacturing practices which provide assurance to customers that the company produce safe, legal products that meet the quality levels expected by customers.
Our corporate Food Safety programme covers every section of the business operations from intake, processing, filling; right the way through to distribution storage and back again. We must comply with the standards right across the business, not just in relation to the distribution and storage element of the process or business.
Frylite and Food Waste Diversion (FWD) attended the IFEX show on 20 – 22nd March 2018 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.
The IFEX exhibition is Northern Ireland’s premier showcase of equipment, interiors and food & drink products for the foodservice, retail and hospitality sectors.
It is a must-attend event that attracts over 6,000 key buyers from Northern Ireland, Ireland & GB.
We had a lovely visit from Multi-Michelin star award-winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli at our brand new exhibition stand.
Food Waste Diversion Stand got a visit from Freddie FWD
The Frylite team had a great time attending IFEX 2018 in Belfast