In an attempt to keep business revenues flowing on the Central Coast more than 100 businesses stood together to trade services virtually at the Bigger Backyard Virtual Trade Show on October 22.
Business NSW Central Coast Regional Director, Paula martin, said recent research had shown COVID-19 was still affecting supply chains and restricted trading conditions were hurting revenues.
“Over 10 percent of businesses are concerned with their financial viability post March 2021,” Martin said.
“The Bigger Backyard Virtual Trade Show helped business to find new customers and suppliers locally and, via a highly interactive and visual technology platform, businesses promoted their products and services safely with each other.
“This virtual trade show for business is a first for the Central Coast and we were delighted at how many businesses jumped on board to help each other.
“The fastest way for small business to keep operating is to swap out a purchase they would have made outside the region for a local one.
“This creates jobs and has a positive knock-on effect to the community.
“Already the Bigger Backyard Central Coast campaign has generated $87M into our local economy with 574 companies taking the pledge to spend locally.
“When times are good, it is easy to forget that we have expertise across all sectors located right here on the Central Coast.
“The Bigger Backyard Virtual Expo is a great reminder that we have great businesses who are our neighbours.”
The expo was conducted from a “bubble” at Central Coast Stadium, with businesses joining in virtually.
Media release, Oct 21
Business NSW Central Coast