VIDEO: Bettys tea rooms celebrates 100th birthday as face of Harrogate Gift Card

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Yorkshire's iconic Bettys tea rooms is celebrating its 100th birthday with a very special card - it features as the main image on the front of a new gift card encouraging folk to shop local in Harrogate.

Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) launched the card, as part of its aim to boost the local economy by increasing visits and spending.

It can be pre-loaded with up to £500 to be spent at participating town centre shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, businesses and attractions.

GET THE HARROGATE GIFT CARD: A directory of all 100 businesses now taking the card can be found online - where the card can also be purchased - at card, which is also being promoted as a great Christmas present, can also be purchased from Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, Harrogate Theatre and Harrogate Bus Station.

Bettys, on Parliament Street, opened in the spa town in 1919 and now also has team rooms in York, Northallerton and Ilkley. Bosses are delighted to help encourage shoppers to support the high street. For more on the history of Bettys and what it offers visit

Janet Parker, Bettys Harrogate Branch Manager, said: “Bettys has been part of the local community in Harrogate for 100 years, and we are aware that in this day and age, when retail is struggling and the high street is in decline, that making it to 100 is no mean feat.

"Local and independent businesses bring something unique and personal to the local community. We are very keen to see customers supporting local businesses and allowing them the opportunity to flourish and succeed the way Bettys has.”

The cards can be pre-loaded with any value up to £500 and used in participating town centre shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, businesses and attractions.

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John Fox, Chairman of the Harrogate BID, said: “Bettys is a fantastic attraction for Harrogate. Having the tearooms as part of the scheme will no doubt encourage visitors and locals alike to buy a Gift Card, which can then be used in a wide range of businesses.

"You can have your cake, shop, dine out, or pamper yourself at the many venues in the scheme.”

John added: “The Harrogate Gift Card locks spend into the local economy as it can only be used in registered town centre businesses, not online or out of town. It means both the purchaser and recipient are supporting their local town.”

The Harrogate Gift Card is a Visa–based gift card which can be used across Harrogate. It works in the same way as department store and shopping centre gift cards but for the whole town.

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It can now be spent supporting more than 100 Harrogate businesses and makes a great present for friends, family or colleagues, he added.

Harrogate Gift Card Directory can be spent at the following shops in the town - with others coming on board:

A.P & K Stothard & Sons, A R News Ltd, Bijouled Ltd, Baltzersens, Bean & Bud, Bettys, Blamey’s Florist, Butterfly Kisses, Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate, Ascend Hotel Collection, Crown Jewellers of Harrogate, Destination Venus, Dizzy Duck Harrogate, Ernest Jones, James Street, Farrahs of Harrogate, Fit To Bust Too, Foundry Project, G23 Harrogate and Games Crusade.

H2k of Harrogate, Hales Bar, Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, Harrogate Wines, H. Samuel, Harrogate, hmv, Ice Scoop Gelato, Imagined Things Bookshop, Indigo, Furniture Ltd, Inger & Rae, Intersport Advantage, Jespers of Harrogate, Konak Meze Turkish Restaurant, Lago di Como, Lakeland, Las Iguanas Harrogate, Love Brownies Harrogate, Lush Harrogate Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Lynx Menswear Ltd.

Marks & Spencer Cafe Harrogate, Marks & Spencer Harrogate, Maturi Bag & Baggage Ltd, Max Spielmann, Milk & Honey of Harrogate Ltd, Molton Brown Harrogate, Morgan Clare, Nu U Nails n Beauty, Ogden of Harrogate Ltd, The Orchid Restaurant at Studley Hotel, Palm Court Cafe, Primark, Porters Menswear, Pots2Go Ceramic Café, Prams Lullaby, Revolución de Cuba, Scran Restaurant, Slingsby’s Harrogate, Smithers, Sophie Likes and Suzetta.

The Cheeseboard, The Den, The Fat Badger, The Harrogate Tea Rooms, The Inn at Cheltenham Parade, The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate, The Phoenix Lounge Hair & Beauty, The Tannin Level, The Yorkshire Hotel, The Yorkshire Soap Company – Harrogate, Valley Gardens Harrogate, Violet, Vivido Grill, Wagyu Bar and Grill Harrogate, West Park, White Hart Hotel, Yorkshire Farmers Meat Co and Zinc Cafe.

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