Ku-ring-gai Council is the first in Sydney to get behind this year’s national campaign to support local businesses during COVID-19. Here’s how you can help our local businesses…

Ku-ring-gai is partnering with the Council for Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) to launch Go Local First in Sydney. It is expected other local government areas will also join the 12 month campaign, which runs until June 2022.

The Go Local First campaign gives free promotional assistance to small businesses and encourages residents to preference local businesses when purchasing goods and services.

Businesses can join Go Local First by going to the website at krg.nsw.gov.au/golocalfirst. Registration is free and in return, businesses receive free marketing materials and the chance to be promoted locally and at a national level.

All local small businesses are eligible to join Go Local First – the only requirement is to be based in Ku-ring-gai.

In a video announcing the launch, Mayor Jennifer Anderson has said community support is vital in helping small business to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that local businesses are doing it tough, but we also know that people are doing everything possible to keep their businesses relevant and to survive until the pandemic is over.”

How to help local businesses during COVID-19

  1. Buy goods/services from their website (if they have one). Therapists, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, coaches, financial planners, lawyers, music classes for kids, all of these can continue online.
  2. Check their status – many businesses including restaurants cafes and shops offer delivery and pick up.
  3. Buy gift cards or credit for later from your favourite local business to help their cash flow.
  4. Share recommendations of local businesses on your social media pages.
  5. Check in with the businesses to see if they have altered their services.
  6. If you still have steady income and the financial means to do it, continue paying your cleaners, hair stylists, nanny etc.
  7. Keep paying your memberships and subscriptions, even if they’ve been temporarily suspended.
  8. If you are a website designer, developer or a social media expert – offer help to local businesses who are currently not online.
  9. Give a donation. Cash is always appreciated.
  10. Send them a message of support and pencil in bookings or orders for when lockdown ends.

To find out more about Go Local First visit krg.nsw.gov.au/golocalfirst

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