Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin is encouraging everyone to ‘Think Big and Shop Small’ over the Christmas period to boost the local economy and spirit.

Recent statistics show that the small business community in Australia is thriving with over 2.1 million small businesses in 2017 – an increase of 3.1 per cent since 2016. However, the vast majority of people still head to the big shops to do their shopping.

“The Christmas period is when many local businesses investment in their business 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 locals – particularly young people – and keep that money flowing around our local economy.”

The benefit of the Shop Small movement and the investment that flows into small businesses at this time of year is not to be understated.

In what has been termed the ‘Boomerang Dollar’ what we put into small business largely comes back to the local community.

“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.


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