A new way for Singleton businesses to connect, grow and support each other has arrived.
Singleton Council has launched a free online portal to bring local businesses together in digital space.
Partnering with Localised, a place-based business network designed to advance local economies in its first foray into NSW, and assisted by the Singleton Business Chamber and the Business Centre, Singleton Localised is a business portal to promote and connect businesses online across the Hunter.
Council’s Acting Manager Strategy and Engagement, Tony Chadwick said the website would boost opportunities for the local business community by capturing some of the $1billion in goods and services that are currently supplied by businesses from outside the Singleton LGA.
“We’ve already had a great response from all kinds of businesses joining the website, from web design and retail to tourism, building, construction and trades,” Tony said.
“But the real success of the platform is in creating an all-inclusive directory of Singleton businesses so that any other business looking for a product or a service can find what they’re looking for, right here in Singleton.
“Our region is full of amazing businesses, both large and small, but often people don’t know they’re here.
“The Singleton Localised platform is a free tool, funded by Singleton Council, so there’s nothing to lose by signing up.”
Businesses can use the website to create a profile and advertise their products and services; get recommendations, introductions and quotes from local suppliers; access a pipeline of future procurements across the region; promote a business event; increase online business exposure and improve Google search results; and expand their business network connections.
Tourism businesses that sign up to the website before 3 May 2019 will also be included in council’s new Singleton Tourism Guide, which is currently in development.
Business Advisor with The Business Centre, Jelinda Millgate said it was easy for customers to head out of Singleton because they couldn’t find what they were looking for locally
“Singleton Localised website is a great opportunity to showcase breadth of businesses we have right here in our local area,” Jelinda said.
“Business owners need to be across as many customer touchpoints as possible and Singleton Localised is an easy way for businesses to expand their digital presence.”
IMAGE | Tony Chadwick from Singleton Council, Jelinda Milgate from the Business Centre and Darlene Flockart from Singleton Business Chamber.
Founded on agriculture, driven by coal and sustained by the Hunter River, Singleton holds an important place in NSW. From its unique beginnings as a significant Aboriginal then European settlement, Singleton has developed into the economic beating heart of the state and a centre of industry, heritage and community.
Flanked by farm land, wineries and framed by the Wollemi and Yengo National parks, the Singleton local government area embodies a warm welcome that is only found in regional Australia.