Anja at Flowers of the World

Anja in her element at Flowers of the World on Grey St

South Bank business owner Anja Van Goor is a strong supporter of small business, with her Grey Street florist and café sourcing and stocking local produce.

As Queensland prepares to celebrate Buy locally Saturday on 6 September, Ms Van Goor said she supports local business as part of the company’s sustainable business philosophy.

She said the majority of her stock at Flowers of the World was produced in or around south-east Queensland, particularly the Lockyer Valley.

“We only buy locally produced seasonal flowers,” Ms Van Goor said. “One of our suppliers from Warwick has been growing roses for 25 years.”

Buy locally Saturday is part of the Queensland Government’s 2014 Queensland Small Business Week, which runs from 1-6 September.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, the Honourable Jann Stuckey MP, said “Buy locally Saturday is about supporting local small businesses and boosting the local economy.”

“I encourage all business owners to get involved in this great campaign.

Ms Van Goor said the café also reflected the business philosophy, which was to be sustainable, organic and support local produce.

“I have been working with local producers to reduce the use of chemicals since 1998, 14 years after I first opened the shop in Brisbane’s CBD”, Ms Van Goor said.

“What I find is that small business that works with passion, works,” Ms Van Goor said.

She said small business faced multiple challenges, and welcomes this support from the Queensland Government.

Anja hosts Sustainable Drinks on the third Friday of every month from 6:00pm. Meet like-minded business owners at 176 Grey St, South Brisbane