Northern Star

Holiday hope for business

WARMER days have signalled that winter is well and truly over and the busy summer season is looming around the corner.

For many businesses in Byron Bay, winter proved to be less painful than in previous years.

Most businesses felt they were experiencing less peaks and troughs, although many reported September as the quietest month.

However, an extended school holiday period due to different start and finishing times in state holidays has seen traders enjoying a four-week busy period.

Both retailers and restaurants are cautiously optimistic that the doom and gloom of the global financial crisis will lift for a buoyant holiday and summer period.

This will be backed up by Byron United's shop local Christmas Campaign to run for four weeks and the Byron Shire News will be giving away $4000 worth of gift vouchers from over 100 participating businesses.

This is the third year the campaign has run and local businesses step forward to pay for the hosting of Carols by the Sea and the installation of the town's Christmas tree and holiday banners.

Sevegne Newton, who co-ordinates the program, said she was thrilled with the response from local businesses, particularly with such iconic Byron Bay success stories as the Blues and Roots Festival, celebrating its 21st birthday, and Splendour in the Grass coming on board as major sponsors.

“These businesses are iconic drawcards to this town and they are always there when called on to make a community contribution,” Ms Newton said.

Byron United is also conducting a Retail Tenancy Workshop today, from 8am, at the Byron Bay Community Centre's SCU Room.

The NSW Deputy Registrar of Retail Tenancy Disputes will be conducting the forum, covering such information as the value of a lease to your business, the importance of options and how to negotiate when problems arise.

For more information contact Byron United directly on

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