The importance of shopping local should never be underestimated, particularly at this time of year in the lead-up to the festive season.
It's time to Get Vocal and Support Local, and do our bit to support south-west businesses.
Where we live, shop and play is the foundation of our community and unique businesses are vital to the diverse character of our neighbourhoods and regions.
- Read the Get Vocal Support Local e-mag HERE
Local business creates and provides jobs for people in the township and are one of the largest employers nationwide.
You can get better service because local businesses tend to hire people with knowledge of the products they are selling and provide better customer care by giving each of them special attention.
A local business is also a local customer, being more likely to support others of its kind in the community.
Local business owners live in the community they serve; this lessens the possibility of moving and increases their assets in the future of the community.
In the end, local businesses strengthen the economic base of every community.
A good deal of the dollars spent with local businesses is used to make purchases from other local entities - creating a domino effect that can preserve a neighbourhood even in an economic slowdown.