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Powell Media Release – Christmas challenge supports local business (12 November 2012)

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP is challenging residents to shop locally and purchase 100 percent of their Christmas needs from small businesses to help bolster sales and support local jobs in the lead up to the festive season.

 “The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun and local businesses, particularly small businesses need our support,” Mr Powell said.

 “Many of the Newman Government members have a background in small business and we understand the importance of shopping locally to support business and industry.

 “When you shop local, your money stays local. Our small businesses in turn support the community through a multiplier effect, with one dollar spent at a local business returning five times that amount through employee wages, rates and the purchase of materials and supplies.

 “Small businesses also turn dollars received back into the community through school funding, social services and contributions to local non-profit agencies.

 “Small business is the backbone of Queensland’s four pillar economy, underpinning the vital sectors of tourism, agriculture, mining and construction.”

 The 100% Local Christmas Challenge encourages residents to do all of their Christmas shopping locally – a challenge that Mr Powell has also committed to.

 “The benefits of supporting local businesses and shopping locally cannot be underestimated,” Mr Powell said.

 “My family and I always try to shop locally and are doing our small part to bring more jobs into our region.”

 “This challenge is about strengthening and supporting our community.”

 Mr Powell said there are almost 412,000 small businesses in Queensland, accounting for 96 percent of all businesses in the state.

 [ENDS] 12 November 2012

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