Buying local is SO important

It's because of this, that Venture Timaru has launched this district wide campaign to encourage our local communities supporting local businesses.

When you invest money in your local economy, you’re not just helping local business owners – you’re also helping yourself. You’re making your town a better place to live in, with a rich character, thriving economy, and tightly knit community.

South Canterbury online business directory

The South Canterbury-wide business directory allows you to list your business for free or search for local suppliers of goods or services.  Check out the directory

SOS Business vouchers

This fantastic website allows you to purchase vouchers for your favourite eatery to use once you can visit them again. It's  a great way to let your favourite café know you’re thinking of them during lockdown …even if you can’t go in the door.

SOS Business also allows you to make a donation instead of redeeming a voucher, just to show your support.  Check out the listings for South Canterbury eateries.

Easy ways to support our local community and save jobs and businesses

What can I do?

  • With all your purchases ask yourself am I supporting local?
  • Have a look at what goods and services you spend money on and see if there is a local supplier
  • Learn about local businesses, seek them out, discover what they have to offer

What can our business do?

  • Review where and how you spend money on goods and services related to your business
  • Get on the web to see if there is a local supplier of these goods and services
  • In all business related purchases ask yourself am I supporting local? And if not why not?

What are the benefits?

  • Get to know the people behind the goods and services
  • Better and more personalised customer service
  • Keep your community unique and actively help improve the local economy
  • Be part of a closer and better connected, supportive community

Get the branding here

To be part of the Buy Local campaign, we encourage you to use the logos on your emails, websites, social media - anywhere! You  can download the various versions of the logos below.



Hi res png: Email signature

100% Behind Buy Local Sticker - pdf


Useful links
South Canterbury Business Supportive - Join this Facebook group for real time updates and deals from local businesses.