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  • Writer's pictureMark Oliver

How To Buy Local And Support Brisbane's Small Businesses

The last couple of years have been tough for small businesses but the support from local Brisbane communities choosing local has been amazing. Many of the small independent businesses we talk to have seen a rise in new local clients using their services, which is amazing news!

If your still not sure how to support local businesses then we've found some good tips in a recent Brisbane City Council Blog. Some of the top things are:

Get groceries from a neighbourhood trader

Local growers, makers and traders are stocked and ready to fill your fridge and pantry with fresh, delicious produce and homemade goodies. All you need to do is to think a little differently about where you stop on your grocery run and make the most out of locally grown seasonal produce. There are lots of benefits to buying local food. Here are our top tips:

  • Look out for local produce boxes Pre-order, pick up or have a local produce box delivered. Many businesses are teaming up and creating yummy grocery packs that not only taste great but make your life easier.

  • Find a local produce market Visit our What's On Brisbane calendar to find food markets in Council places and spaces, or search Google for your favourite Brisbane local markets to see when they're operating and what social distancing measures are in place.

  • Get creative in the kitchen Pull out those beloved (and perhaps forgotten) cookbooks and challenge yourself to cook a recipe you've been meaning to try. We've got a bunch of Love Food Hate Waste recipe ideas and cooking videos to inspire you.

Give a gift for later

Gift vouchers are a great go-to gift and the extra cash flow for local businesses can make a big difference right now. While stores are slowly opening back up, we understand shopping sprees aren't quite the same these days.

ou can support local businesses by buying gift vouchers for retail stores, restaurants and cafes, or future experiences like cooking or painting classes. Alternatively, invest in your future self, while supporting stores that may not be able to open or aren't getting their usual volume of sales. Think gift vouchers for hair salons, massages and future special outfits.

Gift vouchers give recipients something to look forward to too!

Share business love virtually

Make a positive impact without spending a cent. When you engage positively with the social media page for a local business, you’re also spreading awareness among your own network, which helps support the small business community even more.

  • Share, like or comment on posts by local small businesses. It's an easy way to show your appreciation and support.

  • Tag your friends in posts about products or services you think they might like or share a post from local business through your own news feed.

  • Leave positive reviews on pages you've had a good experience with.

Treat yourself while buying direct

Have you been eyeing off that boutique necklace? Are you in need of a new piece of art to complete your iso home makeover? Treat yourself by shopping from local retailers and makers, and get a unique item you can't get anywhere else.

Find local plant and garden shops (perfect for new lovers of indoor plants) to get your green fix. They are a great source of plant knowledge and often stock unique pots from local makers too.

Get unique artisan treats from shops that sell locally designed art, jewellery, clothes and homewares.

If you would like to read the full article you can find it here:

We would also like to thank all of our clients for using our services and to the local businesses that have helped to support us.

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