Town centre gift card returns

A partnership between Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and the WGC Business Improvement District (BID) to encourage people to discover the town's shopping and leisure facilities and help bring much needed revenue to local traders has returned.

WGC parking initiative

Every time visitors park in Hunters Bridge car park for three to four hours at a charge of £2.50-£3.50, Monday to Friday after 9.30am, they can claim a £5 gift card to spend in the town centre.

Visitors should take the voucher off their parking ticket or use their email receipts, if paying by the 'pay by phone' app². These can be exchanged for gift cards at The Kiosk (upstairs in the Howard Centre by the main escalators), Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. They can be used in one of the 30 participating businesses and up to five can be used in any one transaction.

Councillor Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

We continue to work tirelessly to support our local businesses and help get our town centres safely back on their feet.  Across the country, high streets are feeling the financial impact of the coronavirus so now, more than ever, we need to continue to do all we can to encourage people to visit and shop local this summer.

With so many changes to restrictions, it was difficult to get the scheme off the ground before Christmas but now, as we look ahead toward recovery, we hope its resurrection will give everyone an added incentive to enjoy all WGC has to offer.

Welwyn Garden City BID Manager, Nicky Wolff, said:

We have been overwhelmed by the support shown to our local businesses throughout the difficult times. We are very excited to be giving back to them. Every £5 Wonderful WGC Gift Card spent is an extra help to all our shops and businesses, and we encourage all visitors and residents to continue to show your love and support. We know people of WGC are proud to shop local and on behalf of our town centre businesses, we thank you!

For full terms and conditions and a list of participating businesses, visit All participating businesses can be found on the

LoyalFree app which also lists many other offers and rewards that are available in Welwyn Garden City town centre.

Note to Editors

¹The Welwyn Garden City BID is a not-for-profit company set up by the local businesses to improve Welwyn Garden City. It empowers local businesses to raise and spend funds within with the aim of improving the trading environment. For further information see

²to receive an email receipt, got to Account Settings, select Notification Settings and then activate Email receipts.