Let's face it, the last few months have been tough for everyone. 

We have had lockdown, social distancing, shops, pubs and restaurants closing and we have been unable to hug our family and friends in these most difficult of times. 

We have come so far in this time and now that there is some light at the end of the tunnel, we have teamed up with five local businesses who know the value of the community spirit in North Ayrshire. 

These businesses know how valuable local journalism is and are supporting your Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald but we also know the value of these businesses and will be shining a spotlight on them and their work over the next few weeks on our website and in our print edition. 

As you may already know, times are tough for a lot of industries and newspapers are no different, but you can help secure the long term future of your paper and be in with the chance of winning prizes worth more than £400 in the process. 

All you have to do to enter is be amongst the first 100 people to sign up for our new subscription service for our website. There are two options when signing up, a monthly or yearly subscription, both of these are massively valued and both will be valid as an entry and you can see all details here.

Here are the wonderful prizes on offer and a little more about the businesses supporting your paper: 

The Seamill Hydro  - A North Ayrshire institution. The Seamill Hydro is synonymous with the local area. A beautiful hotel, restaurant and venue which boasts top quality leisure and spa facilities. Although currently closed, the wonderful team there are offering a prize of an overnight stay for two people in one of their signature rooms, worth £150. Find out more about the Hydro here.

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Specsavers Saltcoats - Specsavers have been at the heart of Saltcoats town centre for a number of years and the business uses their brand name alongside the personal touch of knowing customers and what they need and want. They will continue to serve the local area after the coronavirus pandemic. They are offering one subscriber a pair of designer frames up to the value of £149 with Ultra Clear Super Clean single vision lenses (other lens options are available at an extra cost). Find out more about them here.

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Macron Store Glasgow South - The team at Macron have been working hard in Ayrshire and beyond for the past few years and pride themselves on the support they provide to grassroots sport. They provide kit to a large number of sports teams throughout the area and are proud sponsors of the Scottish Junior Cup. They are offering one lucky subscriber a £50 voucher to spend on their top quality sports products. Based in Stevenston, Macron Store Glasgow South are working hard behind the scenes to ensure they are equipped to supply all your sporting needs post-lockdown. Find out more about them here.

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Buzzworks - A famous name in food in Ayrshire with many much loved venues, Buzzworks is now a go-to for many Ayrshire residents. Their restaurants in Largs, Troon, Ayr, Prestwick and Kilwinning, amongst other places, offer a great selection of fresh food, home baking, teas and coffees and that special Buzzworks welcome. They are offering one lucky subscriber a £50 voucher for a meal for two people in any of their venues. To find out more about Buzzworks, visit here.

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South Beach Stores - Based in Ardrossan, South Beach Stores traditionally provides hot and cold food alongside groceries and newspapers but during the pandemic they have adapted to provide fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, plants and just about everything in between - and have been delivering to those unable to get out the house. They have been covering North Ayrhsire, including the Isle of Arran. They are offering a £25 box of produce to one lucky subscriber. To find out more, visit here.

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Remember, to be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes, you have to subscribe to the Herald online here.

All winners will be contacted once we reach 100 subscribers and there will be further promotions to follow. Current subscribers will automatically be added in to the prize draw.