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Support the Illawarra – buy local this Christmas


Release Date: 29/11/2016

Christmas is a time of community spirit, so this year the Illawarra Business Chamber is urging Illawarra residents to support their community, local business and employment by shopping locally.
 
The Australian Retailers Association and Roy Morgan Research estimates that Australian shoppers will spend more than $48.1 billion in retail stores over the Christmas trading period, almost $2,000 for each Australian.
 
With only 26 days until Christmas, the Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont said there are many benefits for shopping locally including convenience and the boost to local business and employment for the Illawarra region.
 
“Supporting locally owned businesses is a win-win, consumers get the benefits of convenience and aftersales service and the region gets the direct injection of revenue which is essential to support employment and growth,” said Chris Lamont.
 
Christmas shopping can be a busy time, so here are some reasons to shop locally this Christmas period:
 
  • Good for the local economy - buying local supports business who invest in the region.
  • Provides local employment - local purchases support local jobs
  • Reduces travel time - local shops are more accessible, saving time and money
  • Convenience - if you need to return a gift or require after sales service
  • Future benefits - money spent locally stays in the community providing long term future benefits.
Buy local campaigns have come in all shapes and sizes. Put simply, they are about spending money where you live so the benefits of employment, future investment and service are then when you need them.
 
“As we approach a time of year where we tend to spend more time than normal on gifts, food and hospitality, when making these purchases think local and support those local businesses that in turn support this region”, said Chris Lamont.
 
Media contact: Katherine Baker 0417 135 858



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