Local businesses urged to list on the "Buy Regional' hub

The Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP is urging local retailers to list their details on the NSW Government's Buy Regional hub, which is connecting city shoppers with rural small businesses in the lead up to the Christmas present buying rush.

Mr Johnsen said the Buy Regional campaign is an online hub that showcases regional shops and sellers together in one place, to make it easy for shoppers to both find the perfect Christmas gift and support regional NSW.

Sydneysiders are being encouraged to visit www.nsw.gov.au/buyregional and browse six categories: Wine, Fashion, Food, Gifts for Kids, Art & Design and Christmas hampers.

"Our regional businesses can participate in the Buy Regional hub for free, so people wanting to help can give retailers in drought stricken areas the present they want most this Christmas - customers," Mr Johnsen said

"We've recently seen the great success of online communities like #buyfromthebush and the NSW Government's Buy Regional hub is bringing all of these fantastic initiatives together to provide an easy to browse directory of regional businesses.

"The Buy Regional hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence if they choose to, but there's no reason why you can't list your details and take orders over the phone or via email.

"People who want to help and Buy Regional are providing a very simple but effective method of showcasing regional businesses to a large audience with dollars that they're ready to spend.