Valu­able shop­ping cam­paign

Sup­port­ing one shop only aids other shops in re­gion

Gatton Star - - TOWN PROUD -

SOM­ER­SET Re­gional Coun­cil is sup­port­ing buy lo­cal ini­tia­tives for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

Coun­cil is pleased to again be a foun­da­tion spon­sor of the im­por­tant pro­mo­tion that sup­ports small busi­nesses and en­cour­ages res­i­dents to shop lo­cally and sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties.

The Town Proud ini­tia­tive is about ac­tively sup­port­ing small busi­ness op­er­a­tors and en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to shop lo­cally and sup­port grass­roots busi­nesses.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said coun­cil was proud to again be in­volved and help spread the “buy lo­cal” mantra.

“This is a valu­able and im­por­tant cam­paign that is worth sup­port­ing each year,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We ac­tively en­cour­age res­i­dents to sup­port their lo­cal com­mu­nity where pos­si­ble too by buy­ing lo­cal and keep­ing their money where it re­ally mat­ters, in the heart of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“When peo­ple pur­chase from lo­cally owned busi­nesses more money is kept in the com­mu­nity and in most cases, these lo­cally owned busi­nesses are mak­ing pur­chases from other lo­cal busi­nesses too, as well as en­gag­ing with lo­cal ser­vice providers and trades­men.

“There­fore, when you’re spend­ing your money at lo­cal busi­nesses, you’re sup­port­ing other lo­cal busi­nesses and help­ing with stim­u­lat­ing the lo­cal econ­omy. It’s a win-win.”

Cr Lehmann said coun­cil also sup­ported small busi­nesses wher­ever pos­si­ble through the

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When spend­ing your money at lo­cal busi­nesses, you’re sup­port­ing other lo­cal busi­nesses

— Graeme Lehmann

im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous busi­ness reg­is­ters and award­ing of ten­ders and con­tracts.

The Live Love Buy Lo­cal mantra has re­ally hit home across Som­er­set in re­cent years and it ce­ments a sim­ple key mes­sage.

“Buy lo­cal and be­ing town proud go hand in hand. By buy­ing lo­cal and sup­port­ing grass­roots ini­tia­tives we can all make a dif­fer­ence,” Cr Lehmann said.

“It’s a sim­ple re­al­ity that by buy­ing food that was grown and har­vested close to where you live, you will keep the money within our com­mu­nity and help your town to grow.

“We are also help­ing our com­mu­ni­ties thrive and we’re help­ing cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties lo­cally.

“We’re all be­com­ing in­creas­ingly time poor so by shop­ping lo­cally, we’re sav­ing time which can bet­ter be spent with our fam­i­lies and friends.

“We can all make Som­er­set a vi­brant, pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity by sup­port­ing our lo­cal busi­nesses.

“This in turn will also en­cour­age growth and long-term pros­per­ity of our smaller town­ships.’’

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LO­CAL MAT­TERS: Som­er­set Re­gional Mayor Graeme Lehmann.

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