Chamber of Commerce joins in Buy Local campaign
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has joined with three other Central Coast Chambers to launch a Buy Local campaign.
Called the Bigger Backyard Central Coast Pledgathon, the chambers hope the campaign will reach 500 pledges by the end of May from businesses prepared to purchase locally.
Peninsula Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales called on businesses to make a pledge via the Bigger Backyard Central Coast mobile app.
"Commit to spend on a business service available within the Coast or swap out an existing purchase outside the region to a local one," he said.
"For a long time, we have been advocating for a business identity that is unique to the Central Coast," Mr Wales said.
"We hope to highlight innovation across the Peninsula which could result in business growth within the region and, indeed, beyond.
"It's key to the reinvigoration of our towns and the pandemic recovery," Mr Wales said.
Business NSW Central Coast director Ms Paula Martin said other regional economies had seen a threefold return when businesses spent locally.
"Initially this campaign was developed to help invigorate the declining town centres of Woy Woy, The Entrance, Gosford Erina and Wyong and the app was quickly expanded to provide a Covid-19 response and to ensure all businesses had another avenue to be visible," she said.
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is working with Gosford-Erina Business Chamber, Wyong Regional Business Chamber and The Entrance Chamber of Commerce, supported by Central Coast Council and Business NSW.
Individual shoppers are also being asked to support local businesses with Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch, urging residents to jump online to buy locally.
"Let's all get online and with whatever money we can spare, help our local small businesses flourish."
Media release, 5 May 2020
Paula Martin, Business NSW Central Coast
Media release, 9 Apr 2020
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford