Christmas Challenge Embraced by Local Businesses

25/10/2012

Local MPs yesterday launched the 100% Local Christmas Challenge with assistance from the Minister for Small Business, but it is local businesses who are excited about the potential for increased sales in the lead up to Christmas.

Seath Holswich MP, Trevor Ruthenberg MP and The Hon Jann Stuckey MP (Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games) were joined by local business owners and residents at yesterday's launch at Lawnton Country Markets.

Whilst launching the Challenge, Minister Stuckey commented on the importance of supporting local businesses.

"With just 61 days to go until Christmas, local businesses, particularly small businesses need our support and patronage."

"By shopping locally you are contributing to the strength and vitality of your community. A locally owned independent business returns approximately 45 percent of every dollar spent back to the community."

"Small business is the backbone of the Newman Government's four pillar economy and I congratulate the Member for Pine Rivers and the Member for Kallangur for leading the campaign to increase sales to local businesses and to support local jobs."

The 100% Local Christmas Challenge challenges local residents to buy 100% of their Christmas needs from local businesses - a challenge that the local MPs are also committing themselves to.

"The flow on effects when residents support local businesses are numerous," Mr Holswich said.

"My family and I regularly spend our shopping dollars with local businesses and are doing our small part to bring more jobs into our region."

"This Challenge is all about strengthening and supporting our local businesses."

Mr Ruthenberg thanked local businesses for their support of the Challenge.

"We have had over 30 local businesses take up low cost paid advertising opportunities as part of the Challenge and many more are registering to be involved every day at the moment."

"We have developed some exciting partnerships for this year's Challenge, with some great free and low cost advertising opportunities available to all local businesses."

For more information about being involved in the Challenge, go to www.christmaschallenge.com.au or www.facebook.com/LocalChristmasChallenge