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Spotlight on businesses supporting local

Local businesses supporting each other is important for the economic, social, and cultural health of our community. Through supporting local, businesses on the Mornington Peninsula are playing an essential role in sustaining the local supply chain, building local networks, and actively engaging with their local community.

Collaboration among local businesses contributes to economic growth and often enhances their competitiveness against larger competitors. Diversity created by collaboration can also lead to innovation to explore new opportunities and address challenges.

Meet some of the people who make our region great. Representing excellence, discover how they are thinking local, spending local and recommending local products and services in their own businesses. Their commitment to supporting the local region not only helps to strengthen the economy, but also creates a sense of connection and pride within our community.

Nordie Cafe, Red Hill – Owner Tom Portet

95% of Nordie Cafe’s staff live on the Mornington Peninsula and this flows through to their mid-week clientele. It is about authenticity; they love being able to deliver local knowledge. When faced with a business decision, they ask if supply partners are both local and ethical, which is something they are proud to celebrate through the Shire’s Best Bites program.

We also support local artists and jewellery makers through the products we sell in Nordie. There are many local groups that use our space for meetings and work collaborations.

SG Coatings, Mornington – Owner/operator Sophie Grover

SG Coatings purchases materials and goods only from local suppliers from Hastings through to Sorrento. The team of employees are all local. They invest in a lot of advertising locally and host all staff events locally to support our hospitality venues.

They also pride themselves on building relationships with other tradespeople based on the Mornington Peninsula, so that they can work as a complete network of local, professional home renovation services, from painting to electrical. This helps them to keep as much business on the Mornington Peninsula as possible, with trusted providers.

We love being able to help our community create spaces they love being in.

Vegan Dairy, Dromana – Owner Brittany Bertschinger

Vegan Dairy keep everything as local as possible. Employing locally and also using Australian suppliers, or at least Australian businesses as the ‘middleperson’ when certain goods they require for production are only available overseas.

We connect with people as much as is possible by social media with recipes, ideas, and support, and host a pop-up local showcase each month to try to support other local small businesses who stock our products or use us on their menus.

Red Hill Brewery, Red Hill – Owners David and Karen Golding

All staff at Red Hill Brewery are locals. They use local suppliers wherever it is possible, and all their wines, ciders, and much of their food is all grown and purchased locally from other small local businesses.

Local collaborations have been a big part of our innovation, we have produced many local brews with the other regional breweries and have plans to launch a new beer collaboration with a local gin distillery and winery.

The collective commitment of local businesses on the Mornington Peninsula to support each other is a testament to the vital role they play in sustaining the local economy and encouraging community relationships. As we celebrate the dedication of businesses to thinking, spending and recommending local products and services, we recognise the strength that comes from creating a network of support within our community.

Content reviewed and updated January 2024

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