Shop small this Christmas, says Chesters

Shop small and shop locally as we lead into the Christmas period, Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, says.

November 23 marks Shop Small Australia day, a nationwide campaign promoting Australian small businesses.

Ms Chesters said central Victorian residents shouldn’t look to buy at local stores only in November.

“It’s really important we support our small businesses all year round in the best way we can – by shopping at them,” she said.

“Especially with Christmas coming up, let’s keep the local economy ticking over by buying locally.”

Ms Chesters said small business is the backbone of central Victorian communities.

“I’m committed to the long-term prosperity of local small businesses,” she said.

“Local shops create thriving local communities, and that creates local jobs.

“It’s a virtuous circle, where everyone benefits.”

Bendigo Wholefoods owner Darren Murphy said small businesses like his own relied heavily on local support.

"Local businesses are the heart and soul of any country town,” he said.

“Some have been in the same place for a long time and have strong relationships in the community.

“By buying local, you are also buying a local relationship.

"When you shop locally, your community benefits, your economy benefits and your neighbours who have jobs benefit."

He said it was also important that businesses try to source their products locally as much as possible.

“We choose to fill our store with produce grown within the region,” he said.

“That way, we keep the money circulating in our region and everyone is better off.”