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Barclaycard promises rewards support for
smaller retailers
small and medium retailers for the very continue to save up for a future pur-
fi rst time. Barclaycard cardholders chase at another retailer within the
will automatically earn rewards, called scheme.
‘Reward Money’, when they use their
Barclaycard at a participating retailer Sarah Newman, managing director
– 1 per cent on most transactions of Barclaycard Freedom, says, “The
alongside regular special promotions breadth of Barclaycard Freedom
Barclaycard is launching a new
and giveaways. After a transaction offers customers the chance to earn
rewards scheme called Barclaycard
takes place the cardholder will usually Reward Money when they do their
Freedom in March this year. The new
see their new Reward Money balance weekly shop, go out for a meal or
loyalty scheme will be available to over
on the card machine. Next time they shop online. Moreover, by offering the
8 million cardholders who will be able
use their card in a participating retailer chance for small and medium retail-
to earn rewards in shops, restaurants
or restaurant they will see the value of ers to join a scheme with major UK
and online outlets across the UK.
their Reward Money balance appear brands, Barclaycard Freedom is sup-
on the card machine before they enter porting the high street at a time of very
As well as household names, the
their PIN to pay. They can then choose diffi cult trading conditions.”
scheme opens up the concept of a
to redeem some or all of their Reward
rewards programme to a great many
Money towards that transaction or to
Vineet Bhatia to open restaurant in Libya
The fi rst Indian chef to receive a Mandarin Oriental hotel. As a result
Michelin-star, Vineet Bhatia, is report- Bhatia was presented with his fi rst he is believed to be the only British
edly planning to open a restaurant in Michelin star in 2001 and has seen chef other than Gordon Ramsay to
Libyan capital Tripoli this May. It will his restaurant empire expand across hold Michelin stars in more than one
join Bhatia’s growing number of res- Europe and the Middle East ever since, country.
taurants overseas, with the ‘brand‘ Last year Bhatia won a Michelin star
appearing in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and for his Rasoi by Vineet restaurant in
Bahrain. Geneva, Switzerland, based in the
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