The Local Buying Program in South Australia
Highlights for South Australia – 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018 :
- $1,151,081 – Approved spend to local Suppliers
- 80 – Approved work opportunities created by BHP employees
- 78 – Businesses approved to supply via the LBP
- 13.0 – Day average payment period from receipt of Invoice
See results for FY18/19 in South Australia here.
For more information on the Local Buying Program in South Australia please contact
your local C-Res Business Engagement Advisor, Lauren Crighton, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
GMUSG Trade Expo & Conference 2018
The Local Buying Program team was proud to attend the GMUSG conference this year and share a stall with BHP. The 14th GMUSG Conference and Trade Expo surpassed previous records with 515 attendees and 70 exhibitors gathering in Port Augusta from 28 to 30 August.
South Australia’s major producers including BHP, GFG Alliance, OZ Minerals and Nyrstar presented along with emerging project developers and several renewable energy proponents. Maximising local supplier participation emerged as the central theme amongst presenters and this was reinforced in the presentation given by David Page, BHP OD Head of Projects, who talked about the projects at Olympic Dam and the Local Buying Program. The LBP team was excited to see some of our LBP supplier stalls at the conference.
Rebecca Knol of SACOME led a solutions focused energy session headlined by the Minister for Energy and Mining, Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan. Other panels dealing with innovation, defence industries and infrastructure rounded out the 2-day program.
Congratulations to both Dannys at Eyre Trading, a Local Buying Program supplier, who won Best Exhibitor Award this year (pictured) at the GMUSG conference.
Eyre Trading auctioned their Best Exhibitor prize (a 5 piece hand-tool set) which was bolstered by another 2 piece power tool set donated by Port Augusta’s Better Homes Supplies Mitre-10. All proceeds from the auction, matched by GMUSG, resulted in a $3,440 contribution to Beyond Blue. An excellent outcome given the importance of mental health support for our industry and people working in rural and remote communities.
Marie Kennedy of Eyre Trading stated “we were proud to attend our first GMUSG Conference and were lucky enough to win Best Exhibitor. During the Conference the issue of mental health and high suicide rates in regional work forces was raised, leading to the decision to auction off the prize and donate the proceeds to Beyond Blue. Eyre Trading is proud to be associated with GMUSG and excited to work with larger companies that are committed to local content. We believe the Local Buying Program is a fantastic initiative and we have benefited from BHP purchasing through this Program. It is a great example of how commitment to local content can be beneficial to everyone involved”.
LBP User Training Update
Individual and group training sessions for users have been rolled out across OD site to assist BHP users in using the Local Buying Program website to support our local suppliers.
This has resulted in more than 15 new users register to use the Local Buying Program with numerous work opportunities raised for local businesses.
To register your interest in running a training session for a group or individually, please contact Lauren, SA LBP Business Engagement Advisor here.
- Navigating Disputes – Building and Construction | ADELAIDE
8th November 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Small businesses and sole traders in the building and construction industry are invited to attend this free information session which will outline relevant legislation and responsibilities under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009.
- Remembrance Day Service | PORT AUGUSTA
11th November 10.45am
Remembrance Day Service will be held at Gladstone Square, 10.45am for 11am start. Afterwards at the Port Augusta RSL Clubrooms (15 Fulham Road) for refreshments.
- 30 Years Olympic Dam & Roxby Downs | Community Family Day
17th November 3.00pm – 9.00pm
A community event celebrating 30 Years of Roxby Downs & Olympic Dam. Activities for the whole family. Come and celebrate at the Community Family Day, ‘The Orange Brick Road’.
- Franchising for Small Business | ADELAIDE
21st November 5.00pm – 6.30pm
The Franchise Council of Australia and the Office of the Small Business Commissioner present this free interactive event that will provide information about franchising in the following areas: Buying and /or rebranding to a franchise; How to franchise a single business in to a franchise system; Legal requirements when considering a franchise; Attend in person or via webinar.
See What is Happening Around Australia with LBP
July to September Highlights and Financial Year to Date Summaries of the Local Buying Program.