Over the past few years, we have seen many practices embrace exciting and admirable sustainability practices as part of their core values.
A positive that we are hoping to see from the current situation is that supporting local becomes just as important.
There are many reasons why this is more than simply a nice sentiment. It will enable you to improve outcomes for your projects, your team and your clients, both in the short and long term.
Keeping your projects unique
By supporting local, Australian made products, your projects gain the local flair of the creatives and manufacturers around you.
This gives us all the opportunity to create our own signatures within the built world that cannot be created through the use of mass-produced product.
Value for money
The lowest online price doesn’t necessarily represent the best value for money. When considering value, it’s important to consider the full scope of the supply chain. Supporting local has many additional benefits that aren’t shown in the cost price alone.
When you need advice, a local supplier will answer your call, if you need flexibility, a local manufacturer can customise a product, and when you’re against a change in deadline, a local supplier will be there to make things happen.
Know the people behind the product
When you support local business and Australian made product, you get to enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have.
You get to know the story behind a product, the faces of the people who made it and you get to share in the passion they have for their work.
Better, more personalised, customer service
Having the owner and their team nearby also means that they get to know you and your team.
They know the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor their range and their services to make your experience better.
Improve the local economy
It goes without saying that now more than ever, your local economy needs your support. By supporting local business, you keep your local economy going and are able to enjoy all the above benefits for many years to come.