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$300M windfall a coup for regions
New South Wales eNews - Local Buying Program Highlights
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April 2019
 
The Nation in Focus
300 million reasons to keep it local
Three-Hundred-Million.

It's a big number - and for the Local Buying Program, it is a VERY big deal!

In March 2019, the Local Buying Program reached the milestone of $300 million in approved spend. That is $300 million in transactional business between BHP and local businesses throughout the country - in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

It’s a lot of country to cover for an organisation which started out covering only the Central Highlands and Isaac regions in Queensland, with two people only seven years ago. But as the first C-Res employees Tracey Cuttriss-Smith and Debbie Porter would tell you, every bit of hard work has been more than worth it.


National year to date results
(Click HERE for a more comprehensive roundup!)
It's all about the right connection in community
An update from C-Res CEO, Tracey Cuttriss-Smith
This quarter, BHP achieved another major milestone, with its Local Buying Program achieving $300,000,000 in approved spend to local regional businesses.

From humble beginnings in 2012, with a strategic partnership between C-Res and BMA to deliver the program to six communities in Central Queensland, the Local Buying Program – or LBP, as we call it - has grown and expanded throughout Australia. We now have BMA and BMC in Qld, Mt Arthur Coal in NSW, Olympic Dam in SA and Iron Ore in the Pilbara.

Website upgrade supports buyers and suppliers
An upgrade to the website was released in February.

This was to ensure the Local Buying Program continued to accommodate future growth and the needs of both BHP and local business engaged in the LBP across its Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia footprints.

As is so often the case with major technology upgrades, there have been some teething issues which have made their presence known.
New appointment sends just the right message
There is nothing like doing a job you really believe in. And it is that belief in C-Res, the Local Buying Program and Local Buying Foundation, that attracted newly-appointed national marketing and communications manager, Meredith Papas to the role.

Meredith loves the regions. She is a strong believer in supporting local businesses and communities and has built her career on giving regional, rural and remote communities – and the people therein – a chance to be heard.

Starting in the role in March, Meredith has had the chance to work with skilled communications officer Alison Noon, Business Development Advisers, and C-Res leaders to develop strategies to strengthen the program's profile and celebrate the many successes.

New South Wales in Focus
Local Buying Program State Highlights
Business expands thanks to LBP connections
Local business expansion and jobs growth has come off the back of a contract won by CRJ Maintenance.
Mt Arthur Coal GM shares views on year ahead
The year ahead for Mt Arthur Coal is in full focus in a special message from the operation's General Manager.
Muswellbrook and Singleton business chambers joined forces in February to present the 2019 Mining Update.
Mt Arthur event celebrates women in resources
C-Res Business Engagement Adviser Lisa Harpley joined hundreds of women in resources to celebrate International Women's Day.

New South Wales Highlights: (Click HERE for a more comprehensive roundup!)

Local Buying Foundation
New South Wales Highlights | Jan - Mar 2019
The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is a critical element of the Local Buying Program. BHP make a financial contribution to the LBF for every approved LBP transaction.

Exciting News:
Elevate your Director Skills
The Local Buying Foundation delivered governance training in collaboration with The Business Centre & University of Newcastle I2N Hub on the 18th & 19th March 2019. The Local Buying Foundation initiative providing a subsidy to all participants who attended.
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