Buy Regional

Support country communities and buy direct from the producers. 

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Discover the delights of farm-fresh meat, hand-distilled spirits, and original fashion and homeware design pieces.

Here you can find and buy special items direct, and make a difference for those most impacted by drought, bushfire and coronavirus – across rural and regional NSW.

Once you start travelling again, use our interactive map to plan your trip around visits to unique #BuyRegional businesses.  

Global market opportunities

Building on the success of Buy Regional, small business owners can now reach global consumers too. 

Buy Regional is going global

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Buy Regional - Information for businesses

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Food

The Espresso Pantry, based in Singleton NSW, is committed to sourcing and delivering the finest quality ethical and sustainable specialty coffee, premium teas and Australian gifts. 

Wellbeing

The Ol' Factorie, based in Armidale NSW, provides 100% pure essential oils Australia wide. No contracts, no fuss. Just oils.

Gifts and homewares

The Hunter in a Basket, located in Muswellbrook NSW, creates gourmet gift hampers that feature local Hunter Valley produce and products from this splendid region.

Food

Sweet Lane Cookie Co makes fondant cookies for gift giving and events in the Southern Highlands of NSW from locally sourced produce and is eco friendly and sustainable.

Animal products and services

The Flying Dog n Co is a pet boutique based in Gerringong NSW, supplying beautiful fun and luxe pet accessories, handmade and organic dog treats, plus more.

Arts and crafts

A collective of small local businesses, artisans, creatives and makers producing unique handmade items plus more based on the NSW South Coast.

Children, Toys and games

Village Toys is a family business based in Gerringong NSW, specialising in quality wooden, European and Steiner educational products.

Clothing, Gifts and homewares, Jewellery, Men, Women

Located in Kiama NSW, retro Inspired design, clothing, jewellery, accessories, men's shirts and gifts including the owner's own retro inspired clothing label. 

Food

Handcrafted on the Central Coast of NSW, these small batch, West African Spice blends are gluten and salt free, with no added MSG or fillers and are vegan.

Wellbeing

Based in Singleton NSW, providing coaching and therapy, specialising in helping individuals and teams overcome anxiety and burnout, improving emotional wellness and reducing compassion fatigue.

Arts and crafts, Gifts and homewares, Homewares and home decor

Style Creations based in Old Bar on the North Coast of NSW, are a family-based hobby business selling home decor, furniture and gift ware. Most products stocked are created from timber sourced from the local region.

Arts and crafts, Leather goods, Men, Women

Outback Leather Goods, based in Cobar NSW, is the business of fourth generation leather artisan, Barbara Tiffen, who took up handmade leather work in 2018, and also works along side her mum. 

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Fellow advocates

Fellow advocates – Thankful4Farmers
Thankful4Farmers is an initiative that aims to demonstrate support for Australian farming and rural communities and raise funds to create sustainable transformational impact. Supported by ambassador, Matt Moran, Thankful4Farmers will raise money via Australian consumers purchasing select retail products as well as ordering select seasonal dishes from partnering restaurants.
Fellow advocates – One Day Closer to Rain
One Day Closer to Rain is a Facebook group focused on drought support, with a market page selling unique hand crafted arts and design pieces. People can buy direct from the maker, through the feed.
Fellow advocates – Buy from the Bush
Buy from the Bush showcases beautiful things available in rural areas facing drought. People can buy direct from the producer, through Facebook and Instagram.
Why Leave Town Gift Cards
Why Leave Town Gift Cards provide support to regional communities who are struggling due to the bushfires and ongoing drought. Donating via Why Leave Town Gift Cards will help someone in need and also keep money circulating locally. Gift cards will be distributed by local organisations within the town you select.
Lamb cutlets with pecan dukkah from Barefoot Farm
Tempting recipes created to showcase delicious ingredients sourced from Buy Regional's food producers.

Resources

How to create an online store

You have a few decisions to make before you start selling online.

You can set up your site using an existing e-commerce site such as Shopify, GoDaddy AustraliaSquarespace and Wix.

Existing marketplaces such as eBay or Etsy are quick and easy to use sites to list your products.

Each path to online selling has benefits and challenges, so you’ll need to do some research to find the best match for your business.

Marketplaces

Existing marketplaces can be a great place to start your online selling adventure. Guides to the most commonly used platforms are below.

When you’re considering marketplaces, ask important questions such as:

  • Are there set-up fees?
  • Are there ongoing subscription costs? (There can be big differences in costs from zero to around $60 a month.)
  • Are fees charged for every item sold?
  • Can the site handle foreign transactions? (Some sites allow purchases from other countries.)

You’ll also need to check functionality, ease of use and if you’re not comfortable in the online world, you will need to make sure the platform offers good technical support.

You should consider how much product you will sell online. Many of the marketplaces have a moving schedule of fees depending on your volume of sales.

Online marketplaces

  • eBay is still the dominant player in Australia. They have a clear and simple guide to setting up an eBay store.
  • Etsy is a well-known marketplace with rules about what you can sell. Items are limited to handmade goods, vintage items that are over 20 years old and craft supplies. Find out how to set up an Etsy store.
  • Amazon boats over 20 categories for products and easy ways to ship your products. Learn how to sell products on Amazon.
  • Instagram is an easy place to show off the visual appeal of products, and many sellers are already on the channel. Find out how to sell products from Instagram.
  • Facebook marketplace is a popular place to sell items. Find out the steps to set up an account on Facebook marketplace.

This is a small selection of what is available online. It's also best to do plenty of your own research.

E-Commerce options

E-Commerce can work well for businesses that already have a strong brand and a clear direction.

There are more hurdles with this option, including setting up a merchant ID and purchasing a domain name. Good e-commerce sites walk you through these steps.

According to Top10.com the best e-commerce sites have tools to walk you through the process, including hosting, design, pricing and payment options, reporting and postage calculators. 

Guides to set up e-commerce sites

This is a small selection of what is available online. It's also best to do plenty of your own research.

 

Help from NSW Business Connect advisors

Advice to small businesses is available from NSW Business Connect advisors who have a broad range of skills covering essential business topics, including business planning, marketing and how to grow your digital presence.

The first four hours of one-on-one business advice is free. After that sessions are highly subsidised by the NSW Government. Get in touch with a Business Connect advisor.

Find out more about the digital advisors offered through Business Connect.

Contact and support

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