Friday, 30 October 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Thank you Coromandel for supporting local

On Friday last week, well-known Whitianga resident, Ambuj Uppal, drew the names of the three participants in The Infomer’s Support Local/Buy Local campaign who will go into a final draw where one of them will win $1,000 to spend with one or more of our advertisers.

The campaign ran from May to September. Each week, we gave away $100 to a lucky winner who chose to spend local. All participants had to do was to provide us with proof of their local purchases. There was no limit on the number of entries per person. It really was a case of the more you supported Mercury Bay businesses, the more chance you had of winning.

All entries received during the course of the campaign went into Friday’s draw. Congratulations to finalists, Caitie Bird (who shopped at Fagans Furniture Beds and Homewares in Whitianga), Warren Roach (who enjoyed a movie at Mercury Twin Cinemas in Whitianga) and Sheryl Hayson (who supported Mercury Bay Pharmacy in Whitianga).

The final winner will be drawn by TV personality, author and psychologist, Nigel Latta, during an event in Whitianga on Friday, 20 November, where he will be the guest speaker.

Last week also saw the release of the results of a survey confirming Coromandelites are among the best in New Zealand for supporting their small local businesses.

In “Small Business Recovery” research conducted by American Express, 60 percent of small business owners on the Peninsula said customers have played a critical role in supporting them during the coronavirus pandemic, which compares with a national average of 48 percent.

The credit card company is in the process of launching its global Shop Small scheme in New Zealand, which allows users to earn cash back when they support small local businesses.

Rob Bourne, Country Manager for New Zealand at American Express, said, “This year has been

incredibly challenging for many small businesses. More than ever, we need to show our support. Shop Small celebrates the valuable contributions small businesses make to their communities and the economy, and reminds people of the importance of spending with them. In times like these, it’s not enough to simply fall back into regular shopping habits. Small businesses are crying out for support, so it’s critical that shoppers look for any opportunity to shop somewhere new. Every dollar counts when you’re a small business, especially when for almost two-thirds of them (64 percent) revenue is down on average 49 per cent compared to the same time last year.”

Rob also pointed out that small businesses are often the ones to go above and beyond for their local communities, and that local sporting clubs, schools and community groups have long benefited from this generosity, and was an opportune time to return that favour.

Pictured: Well-known Whitianga resident, Ambuj Uppal, drawing the entries of the final three finalists in The Informer’s Support Local/Buy Local campaign of Friday last week.

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