National Newsagent Week (NNW) 2021 will be held 11 to 18 September.
The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) is honouring newsagents and all small business owners across the country during NNW week.
It will recognise the tenacity and strength they and their communities have exhibited throughout the ongoing pandemic.
“Newsagents have proved once again to be resilient in the face of Covid-19, continuing to trade as essential services throughout lockdowns, and supporting their local communities,” says CEO of ALNA, Ben Kearney.
“In turn, their communities have embraced local shopping, with newsagents leading the trend.
“We want to use NNW this year to thank our community and honour our newsagents’ service and the service of all small businesses during the pandemic. We thank our customers, but also want to recognise the importance of small businesses and acknowledge how tough it is right now for many, especially those businesses who have not been allowed to trade.”
Newsagents have played a pivotal role keeping Australian’s informed, as well as providing necessary supplies for communities who have found themselves working and learning from home.
Go Local First spokesperson and COSBOA Chair Mark McKenzie adds, “Newsagents are a shining example of how small businesses people around Australia are tackling challenging economic conditions head-on.
“Small businesses do more than just sell products and services – they help build and bring character to our local communities. Small businesses contribute to a third of our economic activity, keep millions of Australians in jobs and are responsible for paying wages to more than half of our workforce.”
Publishing companies in conjunction with ALNA, Ovato Retail Distribution and Ovato Print is offering customers who purchase a magazine at any newsagent between 6 September and 3 October the chance to enter a draw and win $50,000 with a guaranteed prize of $5000.
Additionally, newsagents are using the week as an opportunity to highlight the role communities play in supporting charities. Foodbank donations, special shopping opportunities for aged care residents and the RUOK Day card initiative can be seen in newsagents across the country recently.
“We’re grateful to have the support of our partners and the community, as we recognise the enduring and essential role of the thousands of small businesses that we represent,” says Mr Kearney.