Shopping local this Christmas will be critical if local business is to survive the pandemic and Quizzic Alley is encouraging all Canberrans, especialy Potterheads, to sign up for the Choose CBR shopping vouchers program.
News of an ACT Government program to boost shopping at local businesses this Christmas has been welcomed by Nearly Legless Mick, owner of the popular Quizzic Alley store in Fyshwick which sells licensed Harry Potter merchandise.
“Like many other small, local businesses, we took a hit earlier in the year when restrictions were announced. We feel like we’ve bounced back well but we’re still carrying those initial losses. Christmas sales have the potential to help us get back on track but we need the support of the local community,” said Mick.
Quizzic Alley has already registered for the ChooseCBR program which the ACT Government will trial with an initial $500,000 worth of discounts.
The program will offer anyone over 18 up to $40 worth of discounts each day if they spend over a certain amount of money at participating businesses. It will run until 21 December or until the $500,000 allocation is exhausted.
It is modelled on a successful City of Darwin program ‘myDarwin’ which found that for every $1 of government spending, businesses benefited by between $4 revenue up to $6 revenue. This means the ChooseCBR trial could provide up to around $3 million worth of stimulus to the ACT economy at a time when businesses need it most.
Members of the Canberra community can register now at https://choosecbr.act.gov.au/ and, from 9 December, will be able to login to the ChooseCBR website to access a range of vouchers worth $2.50, $5, $10 and $20. There is a minimum spend to be able to use the vouchers.
“As Christmas approaches, this is a great way for our customers to show their support not only for Quizzic Alley but also for other small businesses in the area. It is tough at the best of times to compete with the big players and department stores so some extra support after a tough year is very welcome. If you love Quizzic Alley, sign up for ChooseCBR now! We’d love to see you and your vouchers!” said Mick.
The ACT Government will evaluate the ChooseCBR trial before an expected rollout of the full program early next year.