Love your local

Shopaholics unite: Circular Head Business Group treasurer Tania Brown says the ‘Shopping Dollars’ are proving a success in promoting the concept of shopping locally to support local businesses into the future. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Economy. Think local, that’s what Circular Head businesses ask of their community: support those who support you.

Circular Head Business Group treasurer Tania Brown says an initiative of the local business and progress groups is helping to achieve just that through the use of shopping vouchers.

As the name suggests, ‘Shopping Dollars’ gives voucher holders the option of spending $20 or $50 in the shop of their choice.

The generic vouchers can be used in any business that is a member of either the Circular Head Business Group or Circular Head Progress Group.

“It’s great for shopping for someone, like your dad at Christmas,” says Tania.

“I just think everyone should shop locally, businesses put a lot back into the community.

“If people want their kids to have a job here, they need to shop here. It creates employment.”

She said it is also an incentive for local businesses to become members.

Membership ranges from retail stores to restaurants and pubs to hardware and jewellery stores.

Now in its third year, the program has been particularly successful with business owners, sporting clubs and other organisations buying the vouchers for staff and volunteers as an end-of-year gift.

One of those businesses is Cottage Kitchen Bakehouse, where owner Jennifer Archer buys for her 17 staff.

“We used to buy them from different places in town,” says Jennifer, “then we thought they can choose what they like to spend it on (this way).”

She has had staff put it towards carpet, for instance.

“We always try to shop local, and I encourage my staff to do the same.

“Because we have a business, if we don’t shop local I shouldn’t expect people to shop local with me.”

A list of participating businesses can be found at www.chprogress.org.au.

Organisers are looking at ways of creating an electronic version of the voucher into the future.

To buy a voucher, visit Tania Brown at Circular Head Office Supplies or phone 6452 2663.

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