Singleton businesses encouraged to support local by applying for a $250 Spend in Singleton gift card

 4/8/20

Singleton businesses are being encouraged to support other local businesses under round two of a funding program designed to inject $100,000 directly into the Singleton economy via preloaded Spend in Singleton gift cards.  

The Business Supporting Business program is an initiative of Singleton Council and the Singleton Business Chamber under Council’s $2million Community Support Package, offering cards loaded with $250 to help businesses to not only get back on their feet, but to support each other in the process. 

Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Community and Organisation Capacity, said over one hundred local businesses benefited from the first round of the program, which saw a $26,500 boost to the local economy.

Businesses that were successful under round one may apply again in stage two.

“Working together to support our community and our economy is a critical step to recovery, and this program is a great way for businesses to support each other by ‘buying local’,” she said.

“Our local businesses need us to back them now more than ever by going local first when we need a product or service, because when we spend local, it stays local. 

“We are really excited to launch round two of the Business Supporting Business program this month and to see more applications from any business in our local government area. 

“All local business that have been negatively affected by COVID-19 can apply for a $250 preloaded card, which they can spend at any of the 90+ local businesses that participate in the Spend in Singleton program ­– from retailers, restaurants, grocers, petrol stations to cellar doors, hardware stores and florists. 

“The program is open to any business in our local government area that has been negatively impacted by bushfires and COVID-19, and has been closed or operating at a reduced level with reduced revenue but is re-opening or extending services again.

“And if you are a business owner that benefited from round one of the program, you are more than welcome to apply again for another $250 card.

“Every little bit counts towards all of our businesses surviving and thriving under very challenging circumstances, and I encourage all eligible businesses to apply for a $250 preloaded card and to be part of the Spend in Singleton program to support each other.” 

A condition of the program is the $250 Spend in Singleton card must be spent within three months.

Suggestions for using the cards include redemption for essential food or office supplies, fuel expenses, or as a gift for a staff member doing it tough or as a thank you for their support.

For more information about the Spend in Singleton Program, the Business Supporting Business Program or how to apply for a $250 Spend in Singleton card, visit W spendinsingleton.nsw.gov.au  

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