Local business is the lifeblood of the Mornington Peninsula. Many have impressively adapted through the challenges of 2020. The Mornington Peninsula Shire congratulates this innovation and urges everyone – community members, organisations and businesses – to consider how we spend, recommend and utilise local services.
Open for summer, local business looks a little different. Customer limits, new cleaning regimens, social distancing and record-keeping are all part of the new COVID-safe normal. Things learnt through lockdown have been adapted: click and collect, upgraded websites, outdoor trading. The Shire is proud of our business community for adapting and working creatively.
From picnics to fine dining, food businesses have developed new menus for home delivery, takeaway or now outdoor dining. To enjoy these spaces, you might have to park a little farther away, but it’s a small price to pay to keep our village centres thriving and support local jobs.
Local craft brewers have worked together to create new limited-edition products. Lockdown has launched new product opportunities, with local rum, whisky and gin distillers turning their expertise to the production of hand sanitisers. Supply has been reimagined, local gelati and coffee makers have launched vending machines to provide access to products 24/7 for customers.
To celebrate this innovation and excellence, Mornington Peninsula Shire is asking you to nominate your favourite food business in the Shire’s 2021 Best Bites People’s Choice Award. To read more about our local business innovation, visit mpbusiness.com.au/supportlocal. To explore the Best Bites program, visit mpbusiness.com.au/best-bites