$350 Million in Approved Spend for Local Buying Program
South Australia eNews - Local Buying Program Highlights
SA: New world view for LBP, but still local at heart
July, 2019
The Nation in Focus
From our regions to the world...
It was only last quarter we were celebrating the Local Buying Program's $300 million approved spend milestone.

And, now, what do you know!? We are celebrating $350 million!

That is the rate at which this incredible program is growing throughout the regional reaches of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Another financial year has come and gone and each year brings with it a share of challenges, achievements, new projects and fresh approaches.

This year, milestones were a big part of the C-Res and the Local Buying Program or LBP story.

So, it's no wonder BHP Minerals Americas came knocking, eager to find out more about how we do what we do, and then using the C-Res/BHP partnership model to replicate the Local Buying Program in Chile.

Local Buying Program | National Annual Summary

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for a more comprehensive roundup!

Future looking bright and oh-so-busy for C-Res
From C-Res Chairman, Kylie Porter
WARM WELCOME: LBP, Minerals America
It is my absolute privilege to write this message, on behalf of the C-Res board, to mark the end of another financial year!

It’s a privilege because to reach a milestone of $350M being returned to small businesses in local communities across Australia in quick-smart fashion, is quite simply, astonishing.

Our small board of directors live and breathe small business. We have all been small business owners and operators ourselves at one point and we know, that this $350M paid on average in 14 days, supports mum and dad businesses in a very grass roots way.
Local Buying Program on agenda for Emily
Emily Faure has been appointed as the new BHP Local Buying Specialist.

With Emily’s experience and passion for local communities and small business combined, she will be a great asset to the Local Buying community.

Speaking with Emily about her new role she said she felt a close affinity with small business and, as such, was keen to work with the Local Buying Program - and C-Res - to facilitate opportunities and capacity growing in the regions the LBP operates.

Supplier and Buyer support is John's priority
He has been in the job for just more than a month and, already, new C-Res Manager - Business Development John Aurisch has traversed the country, getting across the Local Buying Program vast network of BHP asset footprints.

It's not all airport lounges and red-eye flights, though!

Having most recently come from a small business background, John is well aware of the challenges facing businesses in regional Australia.

Now, he gets to put that knowledge to good use, supporting our Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australian suppliers, while helping our BHP buyers save time and coin on big (and small) ticket spends!

All systems go for Janelle ... Literally!
The C-Res Program Administration Team (PAT) is the beating heart of C-Res and the Local Buying Program.

So finding someone to lead such an incredible team might have been a tough gig. Thankfully, it wasn't.

Janelle Bussey fit the bill, and into the C-Res fold she came, as Manager- PAT and Mackay Office Manager.

With vast career experience in both the public service and small business settings, and a proven track record in systems, process, people and improvement management, Janelle is more than cut out for the job she has signed up for.

South Australia in Focus - LBP State Highlights
Access to training takes expertise to regions
Access Training, a Local Buying Program supplier, has recently opened a new training centre in Port Augusta. This means vital skills and qualifications - previously available in the bigger cities - can now be more readily accessed.
Racking supplier makes BHP a palatable deal
A Local Roxby Downs supplier has boosted business - and its reputation for outstanding work - through the Local Buying Program. So how did this BHP buyer know with the LBP, he was on a winner?
Conference bridges the gulf between small business and the big end of town
The Local Buying Program and BHP are proud to be part of this year’s 15th Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf Conference and Trade expo. This year's event follows the success of past sold-out events in Port Augusta and Whyalla.
Projects and events set regional SA on path to growth
Between a swag of projects and industry activity and a host of events, conferences and networking opportunities this year is maintaining the rage in the regions of South Australia.
Local Buying Program | South Australia Annual Summary

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