When we talk about maximising local content, we’re talking about more local businesses accessing and successfully participating in regional government contracts.

Maximising the participation of Peel businesses in government contracting opportunities, whether that be as a supplier or subcontractor, continues to be a focus for the Peel Development Commission.

The State government spends around $27 billion every year on good and services, so if we can assist in making sure a portion of those opportunities are awarded to businesses within our region, then that has a positive effect on our local economy and the creation of more jobs for the people of our region.

A primary step in achieving this is making sure our local businesses are aware of how to access these opportunities and that’s why the interest in, and turnout at, January’s workshop is really fantastic.

Hosted by the Peel Local Content Advisor, in partnership with the Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this workshop was all about providing businesses with practical, hands-on support for accessing government procurement opportunities. With a focus on setting up business registration via Tenders WA, the session also covered information on local projects in the Peel, an overview of the State Government’s procurement landscape, how business owners can connect their businesses to opportunities, as well as providing a range of tools and resources.

This is the second workshop the Peel Development Commission has hosted through the local content initiative and I am very pleased with the enthusiasm the sessions have been met with by the local business community, as well as the feedback we’ve received from those who have attended.

The Peel Local Content Advisor, Tahlia Jones, plays a critical role in our local business’ awareness of and capability to participate government procurement opportunities. We recognise the fact that it can often be challenging for businesses to engage with the government as suppliers, so workshops like these really help to close that gap and contribute to facilitating business capability and growth.

“Selling to government whether local or state can be challenging for SMEs. These workshops aim to demystify the process and provide businesses with practical advice and knowledge of procurement opportunities in the region.”, Tahlia Jones, Peel Local Content Advisor.

A third session is planned for March, please contact Tahlia Jones, Peel Local Content Adviser on 9535 4140 to register.

Image: Workshop attendees, Chris Thornton & Amy Nankervis from Infiniti Group, talk with Tahlia Jones about how their business can access government procurement opportunities.