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Are you in a position to help support local Australian businesses today? Great!
Courtesy of the folks at Business Australia, below is a list of ways you can support Aussie businesses who have been hit hard by coronavirus – from local cafés to bookshops to regional giftware stores. (You can see the original BA list here)
We’ve also put together a table on how best to help the local economy here.
SPEND WITH US
After the triple-threat of drought, bushfires and coronavirus, small businesses in Australia’s rural and regional towns have been doing it tough for a while. Spend With Us is a great initiative for affected small businesses, providing a one-stop-shop for Australians to buy their products and wares via an easy-to-use online platform. It’s free to list your business, and as a Business Australia partner, you can also sign up for complimentary business advice offered to our members.
Love your local? Then pay it forward. The founders of GroupTogether launched the KeepYourCafe initiative to help local cafes and restaurants weather the storm of COVID-19. Businesses can create a page to share with their customers, who can buy a voucher to redeem after a week or when your business reopens. Win, win.
SPEND WITH THEM
South Coast locals Turia Pitt and Grace McBride started an Instagram account in January to encourage customers to buy from bushfire-affected businesses. Now the account has another purpose: helping coronavirus-affected businesses who sell online or over the phone. They’ve partnered with Visa’s #WhereYouShopMatters campaign, and you can apply to be featured via the duo’s Instagram account.
BACK YOUR BOOKSHOP
Authors and bookshop owners are struggling with job losses, book tour cancellations and delayed book releases. For bookshop owners, the Instagram account Back Your Bookshop, and its accompanying hashtag #backyourbookshop, is offering a little reprieve. It’s a way for stores still offering online sales to get some extra promotion and, hopefully, some new customers.
BUY AUSSIE NOW
Australian brands are given a leg up on Buy Aussie Now, an Instagram account made purely to promote the best Aussie brands and Aussie-made products. Business owners need to fill out a quick Survey Monkey form to list their business, but the promotion is free.
BUY FROM THE BUSH
Buy From The Bush first launched in October 2019 to connect regional businesses with city customers and support drought-affected communities, and quickly amassed nearly 230,000 followers. The goal hasn’t changed during COVID-19 – rural businesses still capable of trading are invited to join the platform and continue using the hashtag #buyfromthebush.
LOVE YOUR BOOKSHOP
Booksellers should also list their store on Love Your Bookshop, an online initiative launched by the Australian Booksellers Association to champion booksellers across the country. Sellers can add their store to the listings and customers can search for their local bookshop to check whether they’re offering online deliveries, book drops and drive-through pickups. Use the service, and the hashtag #loveyourbookshop, to spread the word even further.
Use Nudge Saver
You can save Australia in a range of ways. But if you like the idea of visually tracking your savings goals, getting notifications that prompt you to save a little extra, and having the option to connect to any Australian bank account… well, you might as well sign up today while it’s still 100% free!
Available now on iOS and (very) soon on Android.