Selling Clarence wares to the world
By JULIA ILES
LIKE ancient tribes sailing their canoes to islands to barter goods, local business representatives will this Saturday travel to the ninth trade expo on Norfolk Island.
Business Enterprise Centre CEO Henk van der Merwe, said the event strengthened ties between the communities and that contacts on Norfolk Island were enthusiastic for it to continue.
"It's also a good source of profit for the community with last year's revenue exceeding $3.4million."
This year 13 delegates will travel to the South Pacific resort hotel to meet, sell and build relationships with the residents.
Chioux Boutique owner and the president of the Yamba Chamber of Commerce, Sue Hughes, a first time participant will use the opportunity to test the waters.
"I am going over to promote my business, sell lingerie and research the market over there," she said.
"It's a great chance for me to showcase my products.
"I will also be wearing the chamber of commerce hat and will be meeting the Norfolk president, so I'll be using this trip as a chance to promote the Valley."
Other merchandise at the expo includes carpet, gourmet meat, glass, animal feed as well as financial and food services.
The trade mission comes soon after the local community raised $12,000 to represent the Clarence Valley at Country week, an exhibition at Rosehill racecourse Sydney.
Fourteen businesses gave out 2000 information packs advertising holidays, real estate, job vacancies and schooling options aimed at people interested in visiting or moving.
It was the first time people from the region have participated in the event.