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Raine & Horne Commercial urges its national network to buy local to help fast-track SME recovery

Raine & Horne Commercial is calling on its national office network to support a ‘Buy Local’ campaign as restrictions ease across Australia.

The Announcement:

Full-service commercial real estate leader Raine & Horne Commercial has launched a national campaign to support Australia’s small business community navigate the remaining time in COVID-enforced lockdowns and to prepare for the post-pandemic business recovery.

In NSW, for example, once the state passes the 70% double vaccination target, under the roadmap to freedom released last week by the state government, hospitality venues such as cafes and bars can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside. Additionally, one person per 2sqm outside, is allowed to stand up while drinking outside[i].

Also, retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule and personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons who will be limited to five clients per premises. Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and offer classes for up to 20 people.

The brainchild of Katie Tilden Bingham, from Raine & Horne Commercial Central Coast, the ‘Buy Local’ campaign encourages communities across Australia to support the SME sector as restrictions lift, said Angus Raine, Executive Chairman, Raine & Horne. The Raine & Horne Chairman advocates for the push by governments around Australia to raise vaccination rates by encouraging members of the real estate industry to get immunised.

“With over 2.4 million small businesses actively trading[ii], the SME sector is the engine room of the Australian economy and the sector most impacted by the lockdowns this winter,” Mr Raine said.

“In recent times, small businesses have battled bushfires, floods and a pandemic. We’ve all been told to stay at home, look after one another and stay safe. How best to look after one another? Buy local.

“We need all Australians to support their local coffee shop and gym, to buy our mother a vase for Christmas from a local market stall, or to get your cheese from the local independent deli.”

Mr Raine continued, “Across our 300 offices, we are encouraging our thousands of Raine & Horne colleagues to buy local and to encourage their families and local communities to do the same. It’s a straightforward way that we can support our commercial tenants and landlords.”

Ms Tilden Bingham agreed, “Our campaign is helping businesses such as hairdressers, music schools, physiotherapists, tyre fitters, gymnasiums, caf├ęs, and bookshops who are doing it tough. As we start to reopen, we’ll be encouraging all Australians and our clients to keep them in mind and help them get back on their feet.”

Source: Raine & Horne

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