Local Cork business nominated for regional final of the Ulster Bank Social Entrepreneurship Award

There has been great excitement in the East Cork village of Aghada since Brandy Ahern, MD of SavieCard, recently announced that SavieCard had been nominated for the regional final of the Social Entrepreneurship Award in the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards. SavieCard is a community card, which raises funds in local areas for sporting and community projects, supports and promotes local businesses while making significant savings on family expenditure.

The Munster finals took place this week at Thomond Park in Limerick. “We were absolutely delighted to be nominated for the regional finals,” said Brandy on returning from Limerick. “There are eight categories in the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards and the Social Entrepreneurship Award is for businesses addressing social based challenges. Not motivated by profit, the entrepreneurs involved in this category have a strong social conscience and are inspired by achieving wider community objectives.”

In today’s environment, the challenges facing fundraisers are significant and SavieCard has focused on addressing those needs. This community card gives back to its supporter’s by providing exclusive discounts and offers in all participating Irish businesses.  It operates in a simple manner; SavieCard works with an organisation that wishes to raise money and helps them develop a strategic plan to help them reach their fundraising goals.  The organisations then receive customized cards which they sell for €20 each. The fundraisers make €10 on every card sold, so if volunteers sell 1000 cards, the organization earns €10,000. SavieCard pays all costs including VAT and provides all promotional materials for the organisation. In addition, it guarantees that if the card is used properly, cardholders can save literally hundreds of euro in their favourite shops, restaurants and on products and services. The SavieCard means that the community is supporting local businesses, cardholders are saving money, and community organisations are receiving much-needed funding!

Fundraising for the community in Cork
Shop Save and Support with SavieCard

Shop Save and Support with SavieCard

Of the three semi finalists for the regional Ulster Bank Social Entrepreneurship Award, Clonmel Chamber was the fortunate one to make it through to the national finals, which will be held in the Mansion House in Dublin. Their project is an innovative scheme to identify technology start-ups. “We were disappointed not to be the organisation selected to make it through to the national final,” said Brandy Ahern, “However, as they say at the Oscars, even being nominated for such a prestigious award was an amazing accomplishment and we are very proud and committed to our ongoing contribution to local communities and local businesses.”

For more information on SavieCard:  visit www.saviecard.com