Running a small business for more than 18 years in Bowen, Home Hardware owner John McEniery knows first-hand the importance of buying local.
Mr McEniery employs 18 people at the popular hardware store, which also provides supplies to NQBP’s Port of Abbot Point maintenance crew.
Mr McEniery says while there had been a downturn in the Bowen economy, there is a strong sense of community which means shoppers still want to support local business.
“We aim to provide a competitive price and pride ourselves on customer service.
“We also support the local economy by providing jobs and having an extensive range of products,” he says.
“As long as shoppers continue to buy local, we will continue to compete,” says Mr McEniery.
Buying local is a growing part of NQBP’s strategy to support regional communities.
Sustainability takes into account more than just environmental practice. In more general terms, sustainability is about endurance and longevity.
NQBP Senior Manager Sustainability, Simona Duke says procurement policies ensure employees are encouraged to consider local suppliers, to help build strong relationships and ensure long term capability.
“By creating opportunities to support local business we are essentially investing in the community and keeping our towns and port communities economically attractive places to live and raise a family.
“NQBP was the first Australian port authority to develop a Sustainability Plan, which sets a pathway for our organisation.
“One of the core themes of the Plan is Port Communities; an action under this theme is to invest in community resilience.
“The objective is to positively contribute to community spirit, resilience and capacity building. This extends to supporting local business, whether it be the local hardware store or bigger, medium sized enterprises in the region that supply contractors for infrastructure projects” Ms Duke says.