TOWN PROUD: Dylan O'Keeffe, Chris Smoothly and Mark Blond of Betta Home Living are proud to donate the 2018 grand prize.
TOWN PROUD: Dylan O'Keeffe, Chris Smoothly and Mark Blond of Betta Home Living are proud to donate the 2018 grand prize. Amani Vassiliou

Proudly backing local business

CHINCHILLA Betta Home Living is throwing armfuls of support behind the 2018 Town Proud, Buy Local campaign.

As this year's major sponsor, the long-standing family business is offering up a $5000 shopping spree in-store as the major raffle prize.

Manager Mark Blond said the lucky winner would have the chance to "go crazy anywhere in-store”.

For Mr Blond, the campaign is a strong reminder for the community to step up and support the backbone of Chinchilla: the local businesses.

"It's always hard to keep people in town but it's important that people shop in town to keep the town going,” Mr Blond said.

"Our major threats are always going to be things like the internet and people shopping away.

"But what we are asking for is simply, before people go away, that they try and shop local first.”

Through its long history, spanning over 50 years in Chinchilla, Betta Home Living has come to understand first hand the challenges facing local business.

"You have to make sure you have the right offering to make sure they (the customers) at least give you a shot in town,” he said.

"We have some people who were customers 15 years ago and are still shopping in store today.

"Hopefully, by having local people working here, we will be able to build a relationship that will continue for that long.”

Earlier this year, the store took out the national and state award for Betta Electrical Retailer of the Year.

The awards were determined using a range of criteria including branding, sales, service and community engagement.

All reflect the store's commitment to ensuring local business continues to prosper in town.

"As a major employer here, we employ well over 15 staff,” Mr Blond said.

"Really the more people who shop here the more we can keep people employed.”

The major raffle will be drawn at the CCCI Christmas Street Party on December 13.


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