29th March 2011
At the 2011 AGM, on Thursday 23 March, ESSA announced the launch of its latest ground breaking initiative, the ESSA Discount Card, which provides 15% to 20% discounts at numerous concessions within its participating venues. The scheme is launched with an impressive list of venue concessions, the growing list includes familiar brands at The NEC and the Business Design Centre, each of whom is keen to extend its hospitality to the industry’s key workers who frequent its halls on a daily basis.
Owners of a card will, for the first time, be automatically entitled to discounts at these on-campus food concessions including, for example, Starbucks and Subway. The card will entitle the holder to a discounts of between 15% & 20%, and a full list of venues and concessions is available from the ESSA website. Each year ESSA will provide one complementary card for every organisation within ESSA membership, with the option for that organisation to buy additional cards, priced at £10 each, for other employees and subcontractors with whom they work on a regular basis.
ESSA Chairman John Robson said: "There are some costs that are ever present and have a significant impact on our members - subsistence is one. The Discount Card scheme will help members to lower their subsistence costs whilst actually improving the range of food available to their on-site teams.
"To have The NEC and the BDC on board from the outset is great news and I would like to pass on our thanks Kathryn James and Graham Stephenson for their support in helping us to get this significant member benefit up and running."
Kathryn James, Managing Director at The NEC, said: "This discount card is a great initiative and we’re really pleased that we can now extend the discount offer to our contractors on site.
Graham Stephenson, Chief Operating Officer of the Business Design Centre, said: "As chair of the AEV I am delighted that member venues are able to support ESSA members through initiative such as this, I hope that we can deliver many more."