Over 300 businesses attended the Meet the Buyer – Northern Adelaide event held at the Central Districts Football Club at Elizabeth. The event allows local business to get up close and personal with key state and local government staff with responsibility for the design of projects, sourcing business solutions, purchasing goods and services. Exhibitors included Local Government Procurement teams from Cities of Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield and many State Government agencies. Also exhibiting was Lendlease, who have won the contract for the $985 million Northern Connector Major Project. They are strongly committed to working with local businesses and organisations to deliver local employment and supply chain opportunities.
Lendlease have partnered with local industry partners for delivery of the Northern Connector project. All work packages for this project will be released through the ICN Gateway. The project is expected to support 480 full time equivalent jobs each year during construction.
The Office of the Industry Advocate has continued to facilitate these events. Events like this provide valuable information for government to be aware of new, innovative, value for money solutions proposed by South Australian businesses. The event provides networking opportunities for business to business interactions and we saw plenty of that.
The impact of the Industry Advocate (IA) position and office has largely been due to the level of communication that has been established with South Australian businesses. This work has been supported with great collaboration across government and industry. Local industry participation policies provide opportunity for our local businesses to prove and improve their capability. The Industry Advocate is providing great resources to support all levels of government, industry and business. See Industry Advocate.
Economic Development officers can play a key tole in the facilitation of these events. They can bridge the communication gaps between local business and procurement systems of government.
Image: Meet the Buyer – Northern Adelaide event 12 July 2016