Graduate Launches Discount Card that Saves More Than Just Money

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Young entrepreneur launches The Giving Card, escapes unemployment and creates jobs for his peers. Dan Taylor launched the concept just a few weeks ago but is already working with some of the top high street brands as well as charities right across the UK.

Young entrepreneur launches The Giving Card

Dan Taylor, Founder of The Giving Card

It’s a no-brainer. Charities pay nothing, businesses sign up for free and anyone who buys the card can make their money back within a few days.

Young entrepreneur, and recent graduate, Dan Taylor has just launched The Giving Card; a great way for consumers to save money and also raise funds for good causes. Dan left University and instead of applying for endless graduate jobs, he started a nationwide company which helps businesses, supports charities and saves the general public hundreds of pounds every month.

The Giving Card offers discounts across six categories: restaurants; nightlife; arts and entertainment; health, fitness and beauty; professional services and online. It differs from existing discount cards in that it’s not industry specific and that everyone can save money whilst giving to charity. Cardholders pay an annual membership of just £34.95 – which includes a £10 donation to the charity of their choice, whilst members have access to thousands of offers across the UK.

Dan, 23, recently named as one of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs for 2011, explains: “I wanted to be my own boss and as I looked round for a new idea I noticed there was a growing trend, as the recession took hold, for businesses to discount their products and give added value. At the same time the credit squeeze was taking its toll on charities, who were suffering as donations dropped. David Cameron was promoting the Big Society initiative and I thought I could do something that could tick all the right boxes.”

High street businesses who have already joined The Giving Card are Red Letter Days, Halfords, Interflora, Zipcar, Choice Hotels, Pizza Hut, Hotel du Vin, Destination Skin, Las Iguanas, Papa John’s, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Johnson Dry Cleaners and many more. There are also online deals with the likes of Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and British Airways. The Giving Card has also attracted the attention of some of the largest charities in the country including Mencap, MIND, Christian Aid, RSPCA, Cure Cancer, Dyslexia Action and Kids Company.

Dan adds: “It’s a no-brainer. Charities pay nothing, businesses sign up for free and anyone who buys the card can make their money back within a few days. I wanted to ensure that The Giving Card gave back to local communities and charities, which is why with every single card purchased, there is a donation to charity.”

Offers include 2for1 or 50% off restaurants, discounts in nightclubs and bars, deals on theatre tickets, money off at gyms, half price haircuts, discounted hotel stays and many more. This is just a taste of what promotions The Giving Card has to offer, without the need for printing any vouchers. A full list of businesses, charities and discounts can be found via the website at


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