Shopping small means shopping local

Helping hand: Member for Barker Tony Pasin is doing some Christmas shopping at one of his local small business stores.
Helping hand: Member for Barker Tony Pasin is doing some Christmas shopping at one of his local small business stores.

Christmas is the perfect time to ‘Shop Small’, helping to boost the local economy and lift spirits.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said recent statistics showed there were more than 2.1 million small businesses in 2016, a rise of 2.4 per cent from the previous year.

“The coming month is when many local businesses take risks, make investments and employ more locals in the hope that the upswing in Christmas retail trade makes it possible,” Mr Pasin said. “Christmas is a vital injection of cash and confidence into our community and a chance to help our small businesses employ more local – particularly young people – and keep that money flowing around our local economy.”

A recent report shows that one in four dollars of discretionary household purchases has been passed through a small shop and almost half of that was reinvested into local areas.

“Through your support and the hard work of millions of Aussies and their small businesses, this can be a merry Christmas for local jobs and for our communities,” Mr Pasin said.