Each year Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) hosts South Australia’s premier resource industry conference and trade expo, where organisations build connections and network, discuss business opportunities and strengthen the regional economy. The Local Buying Program was highlighted as a way forward to connect small business with big business, and as a means of increasing opportunities for business growth and capacity building.
BHP and C-Res occupied adjacent booths this year, which provided an excellent opportunity for local businesses to speak simultaneously with BHP and C-Res representatives about supply opportunities available at Olympic Dam.
The Port Pirie location facilitated increased connection with more businesses in the Upper Spencer Gulf, resulting in a greater understanding of the LBP and how registration can provide increased supply opportunities with BHP.
The Forum also provided a great platform to increase awareness of the program amongst Indigenous and Traditional Owner networks. C-Res Business Development team discussed opportunities for local Indigenous businesses to register and gain exposure for their business within BHP supply channels. Additionally, those conversations with Indigenous suppliers will assist with sourcing new local procurement solutions for Olympic Dam Buyers.