Local business leaders and entrepreneurs had the chance to swap numbers and broaden their networks at a breakfast on December 3 in support of a new campaign promoting the benefits of shopping locally.
Held at Two Wells Bowling Club and led by the Barossa Regional Development Australia team, the breakfast was the second such event following a relaxed after work get-together earlier in the year, with the focus being on local traders meeting other like-minded people in the area.
Barossa RDA chief executive officer, Anne Moroney, said the gathering was a great opportunity for local business people to talk, share ideas and learn more about the services on offer in their immediate area.
“It’s a really good idea for businesses to get together to talk about the business growth predicted for the area,” Ms Moroney said.
“It’s also about encouraging not only residents and community members to shop locally, but also businesses to shop locally.”
The breakfast was staged under a new campaign, Totally Locally, which promotes the benefits of supporting and knowing local business traders.
Ms Moroney said the RDA was currently in the process of establishing a guide for prospective investors detailing what services and businesses were currently available in the area.
“The Livability Guide is mainly for investors,” she said. “It’s aimed more at somebody who is thinking of moving to the district and letting them know about what family-type services there are, such as school’s, community clubs and doctors.
“It’s a taster of what’s in the district to attract inquiries for investment.”
Ms Moroney said the booklet would consist of individual chapters devoted to each of the Barossa RDA’s council areas and within that, specific townships.
“It’s a snapshot to give people a feeling for the kind of amenities in the town,” she said. We can build on it, this is just the beginning.”
The booklet is hoped to be available early in 2014.