Support small business this long weekend

IT’S set to be a bumper Easter long weekend. Family from across borders and seas can finally come together after a long two years; friends, regardless of their vaccination status, can gather together at cafés, restaurants or pubs; and of course, it is Easter!

Indeed, the last two years have been especially tough on small businesses, which is why the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Bilson is urging consumers to consciously spend with small and family businesses the weekend.

“Small and family businesses stand ready for your valued patronage this Easter holiday season,” Mr Billson said, adding that an estimated $9 billion is expected to be spent over the long weekend from consumers all over the country.

“For the first time in two years, there is freedom of movement and no trading restrictions to contend with.

“It is wonderful to see consumer behaviour is far more conscious these days and we want to see that trend continue and for shoppers to share the love with our small and family business community.

And the best way to support small businesses, Mr Billson encourages, is to be a kindly customer.

“Be patient and understanding, with good and generous intent,” he said.

“Small businesses are run by real people who deserve our respect and empathy, so please be kind.”

Queensland’s Small Business Month is just around the corner, and celebrates the valued contribution of small businesses in their communities and to our State’s economy.

There are over 448,000 small businesses in Queensland which accounts for 97% of the state’s business sector contributing around $117 billion to the economy.

While there’ll be plenty to help celebrate the businesses which are the heart and soul of our local communities in May, why wait until then – make sure to get out and support small businesses this Easter long weekend.