The Local Buying Program in Western Australia
Highlights for Western Australia – 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018 :
- $1,342,729 – Approved spend to local Suppliers
- 74 – Approved work opportunities created by BHP employees
- 192 – Businesses approved to supply via the LBP
- 14.6 – Day average payment period from receipt of invoice
See results for FY18/19 in Western Australia here.
For more information on the Local Buying Program in Western Australia please contact
your local C-Res Business Engagement Advisor, Mj Van Vuuren, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
WAIO Local Buying Program approaching approved supplier milestone
Launched in WAIO on 2nd October 2017, the BHP Local Buying Program (LBP) has reached many milestones and seen great benefits delivered to the local community. Throughout this time, it has been paramount to C-Res and BHP that the Program stayed true to its intent which is to support small, local businesses in the eligible areas. To date, C-Res has successfully registered 192 local suppliers and is looking forward to reaching the 200 supplier milestone for the LBP in Western Australia.
Work opportunities are being created across a broad range of sectors including hospitality, advertising and marketing and retail, meaning small local businesses are being engaged and given the opportunity to grow. With a focus on continuing to increase the impact and visibility of the Program amongst small business in the region, BHP and C-Res looks forward to engaging more local suppliers and empowering local businesses through business capacity building.
Preparing your Business for Cyclones
Australia’s cyclone season officially runs from 1 November to 30 April, but cyclones can form from as early as July and as late as the end of June. Even the slowest cyclone season can cause millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. Is your business prepared for cyclone season?
To prepare you business there are several steps you can take to minimise the damage to your business during this time. Listed below are a few key items to consider but for a more comprehensive checklist we would recommend for businesses to visit business.gov.au.
- Meet with your entire staff and clearly explain all procedures and duties for each person to prepare for the upcoming storm and in the event of an emergency.
- Know your community disaster plan and create a list of emergency phone numbers such as the emergency services and your key staff.
- Clearly identify any possible risks to your business from a cyclone. This includes ensuring there are no loose roof parts, cutting any overhanging branches, securing any loose items that would damage your building during high winds and taping or covering windows.
- Perform regular backups of your digital data and store the backup in a secure offsite location.
- Ensured enough stock is on hand to supply your business and customers in the critical period after the event.
Local Contract Leads to Support for Community Initiative
Local supplier Froggy Services responded to a LBP competitive Request for Quote work opportunity for the bagging of dolerite material. As a local business Froggy Services was able to identify to collaborate with members of The Martu Farm to complete the works.
The Martu Farm (Newman) runs a community farm for the Martu people where they can gain skills, experience and qualifications in horticulture, as well as earn an income. The bagging of dolerite material is completed by the community farm under the supervision of Froggy Services.
Want to Increase your Business Capability and Competitiveness?
Through the WA State Government’s Plan for Jobs a new initiative to advance small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has been announced. Closing on 31st December 2018, the Local Capability Fund (LCF) aims to support SMEs who wish to specifically enhance their capabilities, increase their competitiveness and better prepare to participate as suppliers of products, services and works.
Funding will be provided for the following eligible activities:
- Expert consultant services
- Improvements to internal business infrastructure and systems
Level of Funding – The level of funding support under this specific round of the LCF is 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $20,000 (excluding GST) per successful applicant. The LCF is a re-imbursement scheme and therefore successful applicants will need to pay for the activity before making a claim for the approved funding support.
Find more information and download application forms here.
- Credit Management and Debt Collection | WEBINAR
7th November 2:00pm to 3:00pm
This free Webinar is hosted by Small Business Development Corporation and coordinated by Belmont BEC. Through this live webinar you will gain knowledge in credit management practices and reducing your risk.
- Welcome to Newman | NEWMAN
10th November 1.00pm to 8.30pm
A free community event for new and old residents of Newman with a free mine tour, markets, BBQ and outdoor movie screening.
- Grazing land Management EDGE | PARABURDOO
12th – 13th November
The Grazing Land Management (GLM) workshop is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the grazing land environment in which you operate.
- Town of Port Hedland Sports Awards | PORT HEDLAND
30th November 7.00pm to 9.00pm
The Town of Port Hedland Sports Awards recongnise talent, ambition and sportsmanship of sports people and clubs from across Hedland.
Come down and support those who have achieved great things this past year.
See What is Happening Around Australia with LBP
July to September Highlights and Financial Year to Date Summaries of the Local Buying Program.