The news this week that local residents spent more than half a million dollars with local small businesses over just a four week period was music to my ears.
The “shop local” message is one that we repeat over and over again until people are sick of it, but then, as global marketing giants like Coca Cola and McDonalds know, you need to say it again to make sure it’s always at the forefront of people’s minds. The fact that Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents spent more than half a million dollars at local participating businesses during a four week period is not only proof that the message is getting through, but it’s also injected a substantial boost to the economy.
It’s our local businesses who are supporting our sporting clubs and community groups, and giving our kids – the next generation of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, their first jobs. Buying local is an investment in our community and our future. 64 per cent of every dollar that’s spent with local businesses will stay right here in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, you can see the significant positive effect this will have not only on local businesses, but also on the wider community. When you buy local, you’re effectively buying your kids a job here.
The City is also stepping up it’s local purchasing spend, with more than 6000 local suppliers on its books, and a local operational expenditure of $9.1million, and is continuing to work with local businesses, suppliers and service providers to increase this. The City has also developed its procurement policy in favour of local businesses with the inclusion of a local business and price preference, and providing local contractors and suppliers with advance notice of opportunities to work with the City.
Our Economic Development team is continuing to proactively work with local businesses to provide them with business support, capability building workshops, and networking opportunities to expand their skills and business knowledge and grow their businesses.
Working in partnership with organisations like the GEDC, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, government agencies and industry, the City hopes to grow not only its own local procurement spend, but also that of the other major spenders in town to make sure that money being spent by locals is spent locally, building profitable and sustainable relationships with industry and local business.