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Cheap shopping to attract Nelson students
A NEW discount scheme to attract more young students in to Nelson town centre has been launched.
Since Nelson became one of 12 Mary Portas pilot projects earlier this year, town centre bosses have said that attracting students to the town is a key aim of that.
They hope the launch of the discount card at this week’s freshers’ fair at Nelson and Colne College will help bring some of the 2,000 students in to the town centre.
Coun Paul White, who leads on regeneration for the council, said: “This is one of the fresh ideas put forward to make the most of the fact that Nelson is a college town.
The new discount scheme aims to encourage the 2,000 students in the town to use local shops and facilities.
“Targeting young people is a key part of our successful Mary Portas funding bid.
“It’s great that local shops in Nelson are offering students an incentive.”
Around 20 shops in Nelson have already signed up to offer discounts to students when they produce their student identity card. The college will be handing out maps to each student so that they can find the participating shops.
Susan Hayes, store manager at Wilkinson’s in Nelson, said: “The store is very pleased to be supporting this year’s Nelson Portas Project.
“Wilkinson’s is a community-focused retailer and is committed to helping the local students of Nelson and Colne College.”