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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Wholesale

Leisure Coast Hospitality and Packaging on the NSW South Coast has built a reputation as a reliable supplier of a broad range of quality products including gift boxes, chocolate packaging and paper bags. 

Gifts and homewares

My Black Dog candles, soy wax melts and reed diffusers are hand poured in Tamworth NSW. Buy a self-care candle for yourself online.

Nestled between paddock and beach, enjoy Breakfast Creek Vineyard with views of Mt Gulaga! All wines are handcrafted on premises using sustainable farming methods.

Gifts and homewares

Send a beautiful gift hamper to a loved one from Home Ground. All of the boxes have been lovingly crafted on the Central Coast, NSW. 

Books

Aimee Chan is an Albury-based writer, content creator and project manager. She specialises in children's books including The Mask and My Grandma is 100.

Books

Patroosh is a cheeky pelican who always wants more. He’ll even take the food right out of your hand.

You can read more about Patroosh and buy Patroosh merchandise for your children.  Author Renee James is from Yamba NSW and has created a book that is uniquely Australian for a fun bedtime read.

Services, Workshops and classes

Sistership Training are a husband and wife team from Brogo NSW. They have combined years of international recreational and commercial experience to demystify all things boating in a fun and logical way. Take one of SisterShips' courses to help you learn everything about boats.

Events and tours

Berridale based business Thorn and Snow specialise in unique designs for all of life’s celebrations including weddings, functions, birthdays, anniversaries and romantic occasions. 

Food

Hampered by Donna is a boutique wine and cheese hamper business with beautiful local produce servicing the Forster-Tuncurry region on the Mid North Coast.

Coffee and tea

Teasty Teas are a tea company based in Tweed NSW. They hand-select and mindfully prepare tea to help supplement your healthy lifestyle and bolster your immune system. 

Food

Summerland Farm, located in Alstonville NSW, is a beautiful working macadamia and avocado farm, restaurant, retail hub and grocer and a place of inclusion, providing employment for people with a disability. 

Wine and beer

Big Niles Brewing Co, located in Dalmeny NSW, is a boutique microbrewery, taproom and chilled local hotspot, offering a variety of beers on tap and a selection of tins to enjoy on the go.

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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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