Ison Harrison Pudsey branch was delighted to host the first draw of the Pudsey lottery on Tuesday 4th August.

The lottery has been set up to support businesses looking to bounce back following lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – and encourage people to shop local.

Pudsey Business Network Forum, which was revamped last year to support businesses in the town, is pioneering the Pudsey Lottery, which will pay out in Pudsey Pounds to be spent in local shops, market and businesses.

Dan Holah, Branch Manager and Nigel Monaghan, Family Solicitor, based at Ison Harrison’s branch in Pudsey are both on the committee responsible for launching the lottery.

Dan said “we are active members of the Pudsey Business Network Forum and when this initiative was put to the group we were keen to be involved and offer our support to help with driving business back onto the Pudsey high street.”

The lottery idea originally came from forum chair Cllr Trish Smith (Cons, Pudsey). She said:

Our businesses all need support from every one of us to make sure they survive after being closed for so long due to COVID-19. This is an exciting initiative for Pudsey, and it’s good to see the town leading the way to support our high street and businesses.

“Circa 50 businesses have signed up to be involved in the scheme and nearly a thousand tickets have been sold for the first draw. We hope that this will give a much-needed shot in the arm for our local economy and may even give us a point of difference to other businesses looking for a retail space.”

Here are some photos from the event: Cllr Trish Smith announcing the draw and Dan and Nigel from our Pudsey office drawing out the winning tickets.