What a year we have had. Most of us started 2020 with great expectations and high hopes that this would be a year to build on the successes of 2019, but we got thrown a curve-ball and now Christmas is just around the corner, but don’t panic!
Just recently, we received quarterly growth data for Warkworth, indicating a 1.6 per cent growth in spending in our town compared to the same time last year. This positive growth shows what great support there is to “buy local” in our community, and just how much resilience and confidence there is, despite Covid-19.
So now, as we head into what is traditionally a busy time of the year for the seasonal businesses in the area, the question needs to be asked: How can we make sure we all continue supporting local?
In the past, One Warkworth has worked hard to help retailers with Christmas promotional campaigns, including late night shopping and the Black Book gift registry promotion, which had mixed success.
While they were good ideas, we found these promotional campaigns needed greater buy-in from retailers and their staff. So this year we are changing it up and putting the focus on the customer/client.
The One Warkworth Christmas Selfie Competition is just that. All people have to do is take a photo of themselves doing business in Warkworth making sure we can recognise where. Share the photo on the @onewarkworth Facebook or Instagram pages, “like” and “follow” @onewarkworth and use the hashtag #supportwarkworthnz. Participants go in the draw to win a $500 or one of two $250 One Warkworth prezzy cards, as well as other great local spot prizes.
Never fear if you are not on social media. If you’re a bit more old school, you can email your selfie to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details to go in the draw. All the details, Ts and Cs will be on our website, www.onewarkworth.co.nz
This is our way of encouraging locals to do business in Warkworth in the lead up to Christmas, so please get behind our retailers, suppliers, trades, professional services and others to support local.
Murray Chapman, Manager