Launches New Service To Help Voluntary Organisations Benefit When People Shop Local

A new service from helps voluntary organisations to earn revenue while rewarding residents for shopping locally.
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Feb. 7, 2013 - PRLog -- GLANMIRE, CO. CORK -  Charities across Ireland are reporting reduced donations and small businesses are closing every day, a double blow that is destroying communities. The new Community Platform from will help by rewarding people and voluntary organisations every time people do business in their local community.

Voluntary organisations provide many of the services that communities need. These typically include senior citizens clubs, parks and playing pitches, CoderDojos and more. Without such services communities risk becoming collections of individuals without amenities to support them.

Small businesses located in such communities and towns are also suffering as people re-adjust their shopping habits. This is also putting jobs at risk and many towns have looked for ways to encourage people to shop locally. The lack of options available has generally meant that such programs consist primarily of awareness-raising promotions such as posters., the Guaranteed Irish Loyalty Platform is launching a new service that has been designed to help solve both problems. This service will allow voluntary organisations to earn ongoing revenue whenever people do business in their communities while also rewarding the residents themselves through prizes or cash-back.

It is launching in conjunction with a new promotion by the Glanmire Area Community Association in Cork. Under this program customers of participating businesses will receive vouchers that, when registered, will enter them into a monthly draw. The businesses will buy the vouchers from the Community Association and that income will fund the prizes and administration of the project while also providing an ongoing revenue that the Association can use for capital projects that benefit the community as a whole.

Brian O'Connell, the Chief Executive of;  "We're delighted to be launching this in Glanmire. This is a community program that will benefit the businesses who pool their advertising resources, the community who get necessary facilities, and residents who get the chance to win while also helping their community."

The new service has many options but the voucher program similar to that in Glanmire is expected to be most popular. This provides flexibility without causing disruption to the businesses themselves.

"We spent a lot of time working with businesses and towns and realised that any program that was to be accessible to the majority of businesses in a community needed to be simple. No technology to go wrong, no change to work practices, and no ongoing financial commitment. Vouchers meet all criteria so we developed along that line," explained Brian O'Connell.

The Community Platform has a range of options and features that make vouchers a flexible option;

Each voucher issued has one of 120 Billion Billion Billion Billion possible serial numbers. By registering it online the customer is reassured that it is authentic, has not been used before and most importantly that their entry has been recorded and their donation has gone to the relevant voluntary organisation.
While Glanmire has chosen to make every voucher an entry into a monthly draw options also exist for operating cash-back to customers.
For programs involving multiple voluntary organisations the customer can chose where they send their donation.

The Community Platform from provides options and tools to help retain business keep communities vibrant through the recession. It is available now and any town or organisation that is interested in learning more should contact Brian O’Connell at or on 021-2349920.

More information on The Glanmire Community Fund can be found at

-------------------------------------------------------------- is a Guaranteed Irish company based in Cork. It developed and operates an advanced Loyalty Card platform for multiple small Irish business and towns. This platform is accessed through the browser removing the need for specialised equipment in the client business and removing the need for them to manage software and databases.
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