SMALL BUSINESSES URGED TO PROMOTE ‘BUY LOCAL’ AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS RUSH

Local retailers are being urged to list their details on the NSW Government’s Buy Regional hub, which is connecting city shoppers with rural small businesses in the lead up to the Christmas present buying rush.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Buy Regional campaign is an online hub that showcases regional shops and sellers together in one place, to make it easy for shoppers to both find the perfect Christmas gift and support regional NSW.

“This is great news for businesses from Walcha to Werris Creek, Barraba to Bendemeer, Gunnedah to Nundle, Manilla and Tamworth.

“Sydneysiders are being encouraged to visit www.nsw.gov.au/buyregional and browse six categories, Wine, Fashion, Food, Gifts for Kids, Art & Design and Christmas hampers, to find gifts for their friends and family and support towns like ours.

“Our local businesses can participate in the Buy Regional hub and social media network for free, so people wanting to help can give retailers in drought stricken areas the present they want most this Christmas – customers.

“In each of our small towns there are some amazing shops catering for all manner of needs and desires. Kitchenware in Barraba, exotic teas in Nundle and Manilla there is all kinds of choices if you know what you’re looking for.

“We’ve recently seen the great success of online communities like #buyfromthebush and the NSW Government’s Buy Regional hub are bringing all of these fantastic initiatives together to provide an easy to browse directory of regional businesses.

“The Buy Regional hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence if they choose to, but there’s no reason why you can’t list your details and take orders over the phone or via email,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The Buy Regional for Christmas hub is at: www.nsw.gov.au/buyregional

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