LBP SA eNews - July to September, 2019
South Australia eNews - Local Buying Program Highlights
SA: Conference boosts confidence for SA regional businesses
July to September, 2019
Growth a good sign for our regions
As the numbers ticked over, the Local Buying Program team was once again keenly watching as Approved Spend edged toward the $400Million mark toward the end of September.

It didn't quite get there, but it looks like we will be celebrating another milestone in Q2 FY20.

Certainly, this is good news for the organisation and the Local Buying Program, which we deliver in partnership with BHP.

But what is even more important is the confidence this represents in our regions - and that, in turn, bodes well for our communities.

Local Buying Program -  National Snapshot (Click HERE for a more comprehensive roundup!)
Onward, upward and all eyes on the future
From C-Res CEO, Tracey Cuttriss-Smith
It has been a powerful start to the new financial year for C-Res and the Local Buying Program.

For a start, the very fact we are in our seventh year of operation and we have grown from two to 25 staff (and, still, we are growing!) are just dazzling to us and we extremely grateful to everyone who has come along for the journey.

And, what a journey it has been!

As we have realised milestone after milestone and see the numbers of Work Instructions, Registered Suppliers and Registered Buyers grow, we have also seen our own team strengthen and grow.

Commitment to team wellness critical to success
It's not the easiest topic to talk about.

But throughout September, mental health and wellness was the talk of the towns and regions in which C-Res and the Local Buying Program operate.

R U OK Day is a big deal for our organisation; just as it is for the BHP teams, with whom we deliver the Local Buying Program in partnership.

Local Buying Program State Highlights
Newly re-opened hub a centrepiece for community
Coffee, support and knowing where to go for services and help when it is needed are the hallmarks of the newly renovated Roxby Downs Community Hub - and an LBP supplier was at the heart of the project.
Conference a boon for Program stakeholders who converged on Port Pirie
The annual GMUSG Conference made its 15th year a big one with more than 450 people making their way to Port Pirie for the chance to learn, network and engagement with key industry people and organisations.
Networking over breakfast helps break down mental health stigma
If there is one thing that can stand in the way of a busy parent making it to important events, it can be child care! But the Roxby Downs Business Forum took that hurdle away, and in doing so attracted strong numbers of people keen to hear practical advice on mental health and wellness.
Team building event a coup for Local Buying Program supplier
A better understanding of the need to protect native wildlife and the benefits of a team building exercise were merged into a single high-benefit experience for Olympic Dam Process End Safety Team.

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