Small businesses are the backbone of Shire’s urban communities and economic development

LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has extended his thanks to the Liverpool Plains Business Chamber (LPBC) for their invitation to attend their pre-Christmas nibbles and drinks evening and the opportunity it provided to social network with small business owners who play such an important part in the Shire economy.

“I was delighted to be able to mingle and to be able to listen to the views of over 40 members representing their business. The LPBC play an important role as a representative umbrella group for local business and I am always interested in hearing their views and exploring how Council can compliment their activities,” Councillor Hawkins said.

“2020 has been an extremely tough year for business operators through the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place. It really has been a further blow for businesses that had already suffered through the impact of drought. I congratulate the resilience so many have displayed through these troubled times,” he said.  

“LPSC, through our collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, provided the opportunity for local small businesses to participate in various webinars during Small Business Month that provided advice on how to examine new and smarter ways of doing business. Council has also strongly supported the Go Local First campaign. We look forward to being able to continue positive interaction in 2021,” he continued.

“I offer a big thank you to community members who do support local business. Our Shire would be the poorer if we lost the services they provide and the opportunities they provide for local employment. Community support is evident through the 6,922 entry forms submitted during the LPBC’s Small Busines Month Shop Local campaign. Let’s all continue to do our part and to Go Local First,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.

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