New England Electorate urged to shop small this Christmas

November 30, 2016

As Australians prepare to spend around $50 billion in the lead-up to Christmas Day, Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce has urged the New England Electorate locals to shop small in our community.

“The coming month is when many local businesses take risks, make investments and employ more locals in the hope that the upswing in Christmas retail trade makes it possible,” Mr Joyce said.

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“From the many local stores which have unique gifts and must-haves for family, friends and loved ones to small businesses which sell the groceries necessary for the festive season, there is nothing we need this Christmas which New England Electorate small businesses don’t sell.”

Mr Joyce said many of the New England Electorate’s small businesses employ more young people and those looking for casual work during the Christmas season.

His remarks were endorsed by Tamworth retailer, Sara Winston-Smith of the Magic Pudding.

Ms Winston-Smith said her gift and provedore business employs four people a week during the pre-Christmas period and for the rest of the year only 1.5 people are employed.

“Shopping local begins a cycle of keeping money local,” she said.

“Christmas is a vital injection of cash and confidence into our community and a chance to help our small businesses employ more local – particularly young people – and keep that money flowing around our local economy.

“I reinvest money made from the Christmas sales into upgrading my business. I employ local tradesmen to upgrade my shop and I give my staff bonuses when our sales are good.

“It also means I can support local causes with donations for their fund-raising efforts.”