Shop locally

SHOP LOCALLY: Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen is asking people to shop locally this Christmas.
SHOP LOCALLY: Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen is asking people to shop locally this Christmas.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen has urged the community to back small business and shop locally.

“The holiday season is when many small businesses work their hardest and employ more locals to meet the demands of the Christmas retail trade period,” Mr van Manen said.

“It is important we back our small businesses which are the engine room of our economy and we can do this by shopping local this holiday season. You can find something special and truly unique locally for family, friends and loved ones to enjoy and Forde has wonderful small businesses offering an abundance of choice.”

Mr van Manen said many of Forde’s small businesses employed more young people and those looking for casual work during the Christmas season.

“Christmas is a vital injection of cash and confidence boost for our community, and it is a chance to help our small businesses employ more local people and keep money flowing around our local economy,” Mr van Manen said.

Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has reiterated the message.

“By backing small business this holiday season you are supporting the 5.6 million hard-working Australians which they employ – make this Christmas merry and shop local,” Mr McCormack said.