Want to be on Santa’s good list? Shop small this Christmas
As we plan to spend almost $50 billion in the lead up to Christmas, Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack is challenging the nation to give the greatest gift of all to Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses – to think local and shop small.
And by doing so, the holiday period will certainly be a merry one for our regions.
“As we start planning for the festive season, buying gifts and groceries, now is the most important time to shop local and support small business,” Michael said.
“For many small businesses, the festive season is the lifeblood which keeps shopfronts open, jobs local and services close to home for all of us.”
The Christmas period injects a significant amount of cash and confidence into our communities and gives our small businesses a chance to expand by employing more locals (particularly young people), taking risks and making significant investments into their operations.
“So many people get their start in retail trade because of the money we spend locally at Christmas time. So many businesses make investments because of the dollars which flow this time of year makes it possible. So many tourist operators, restaurants and other businesses make decisions to operate locally because of the opportunity our local multiplier effect can create for the local economy.”