Local businesses are set to benefit from BHP’s latest campaign that will allow them to cash in on vouchers awarded to mining workers.

BHP launched the Pilbara Gift Voucher campaign last Tuesday, which will see supervisors and team leaders hand out $30 coupons to high-performing staff members that can only be redeemed at selected local retailers.

The company owners then hand in the voucher to receive the cash amount.

Participating Hedland businesses include Hai’s Coffee, Ginger Fox, Hedland Emporium, PHYSIOlogical Training, Pharmacy 777 Port Hedland, Port Hedland Yacht Club, Oceana-lee Hair Design, Lil’s Retravision, Hedland Harbour Cafe and Charmers Jewellers.

A similar scheme operates in Queensland and has seen more than 100,000 vouchers of varying amounts cashed in since 2014.

BHP Rail Manager Michael Bailey said the program was different from past reward systems because of its inclusion of contractors alongside permanent employees.

“These vouchers are for recognition purposes, where someone on a team has done great work for whatever reason,” he said.

“Importantly, this is for contractors as well, not just employees.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it really succeed.”

Charmers Jewellers Owner Liz Brown said the program was beneficial as it rewarded both local employees and local businesses. “I just think it’s a wonderful initiative,” she said.

Hedland Harbour Cafe Manager Kat Cahill said the outlet was always happy to support BHP, as it remained a major source of business. “It’s a sea of orange-and-navy high-vis from 4am,” the cafe manager said.

The program will be overseen by C-Res, a sub-branch of BHP that supports local businesses where the company operates.

Image: Ginger Fox owner Katie Hodgson with BHP employees Jen Scroggie and Michael Bailey, North West Telegraph, The West Australian