Businesses band together for #lovebundy breakfast

Bundaberg business today ame together to participate in the #lovebundy breakfast.
Headspace Bundaberg's Cristel Simmonds, Tracey McPhee from Alowishus and Chamber of Commerce's Jo Donnison and Melissa Brooke at the #lovebundy breakfast.

Local businesses with a focus on positivity within the community today came together for a special #lovebundy breakfast.

The event, held at H20 Restaurant and Bar, encouraged local businesses to sign up to the next arrangement of the #lovebundy Bundaberg Traders’ Campaign.

The #lovebundy campaign supports all locally owned and operated businesses to promote “buy local” in the community.

Presenters included #lovebundy Reference Group members Alowishus, Catalyst Directions, Bug Me Pest Solutions and Carpet Cleaning and the Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce.

Catalyst Directions owner Rick Hose addressed the 70-strong crowd about the benefits of being part of a positive business community.

“Ask yourself, why do you choose to live and work in Bundaberg? We all have different answers, it's time to stop thinking and start sharing the love,” he said.

“This is not just a thing business owners should embrace, it's an opportunity for every resident to do much more with and by getting involved to actively collaborate to grow and strengthen our economy.”

#lovebundy promotes growing the economy

Rick said the #lovebundy campaign gave businesses and community members to live local, play local, employ local, shop local, prosper local and love local.

Nathan and Anthony from Triple M attended the #lovebundy breakfast event.
Nathan Bedford and Anthony Lewis from Triple M attended the breakfast event.

“The Love Bundy initiative continues to build and is a key feature within this region,” he said.

“This morning's breakfast was another way to engage with our community, showcasing the benefits of the ‘Love Bundy' initiative to our region and proudly highlight our competitive advantage.

“It's ‘Love Bundy' in 2019, however the ‘Bundabergness' of this initiative is the key ingredient and whatever name tag the Reference Group with the support of our community decides to attach to it in the future, it's continuation is vitally important.”

Rick said the key takeaway from the event was “the Bundaberg Region can be more, if we all come together and make more of it.”

It's a sentiment Cr Steven Cooper agreed with. He said the business community working together was exciting.

“The traders have really taken ownership of this fantastic campaign,” he said.

“The leadership shown today by the committee was really encouraging and the professionalism of the presentation was outstanding. They sold the ‘buy local’ message well.”

#lovebundy trader celebrates success

Last Friday, #lovebundy trader Alowishus Delicious was a finalist in the Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards held in Maryborough for two categories, Cafe/Restaurant and Customer Service, and picked up both awards plus the Chamber President's Award.

“Amy Baldwin (manager) has done an amazing job leading her team in Maryborough and establishing the Alowishus brand with the community. We were absolutely thrilled to receive three awards on the night,” owner Tracey McPhee said.