Yearly Archive: 2017

Thank YOU!

Posted on December 22, 2017 in GROW Updates

On behalf of the GROW team, we would like to thank you all for your support in 2017. Working together, the G21 region achieved: 70 signed up to the GROW Compact (click here to see who is involved) 10 Compact Action Plans published on the website with 30 others in progress (click here for more...

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First 10 compact action plans now online!

Posted on December 15, 2017 in GROW Updates

Compact Action Plans are the actions individual GROW signatories are choosing to undertake, in order to deliver their commitment to GROW. These plans focus on local and social procurement, employment opportunities, and/or leadership – there are so many ways that organisations can contribute to GROW’s objectives. Thank you to these fantastic signatories who have been...

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GeelongSafe – an opportunity to GROW!

Posted on December 7, 2017 in GROW Updates

GeelongSafe is an exciting initiative of City of Greater Geelong to increase awareness of, and capability in, workplace health and safety across the Geelong region – just for GROW Compact signatories! CoGG will be fully funding four trainees from GROW target communities, to be hosted by organisations who have signed the GROW compact in May to October 2018....

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Bethany’s local and social benefits

Posted on October 26, 2017 in Good News Stories

ethany Community Support Inc. signed as a GROW Compact Signatory in 2016 and at the time already had a high level of local spend (around 80%), with the remainder mainly related to purchases where local suppliers were not available. As it was difficult to increase the level of local spend, Bethany decided to focus on...

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Target 100 countdown begins…

Posted on October 12, 2017 in GROW Updates

Today marks the beginning of the final countdown towards Day 100 of Localised and GROW’s Target 100 campaign. To date, we have seen 50 projects worth $43 million + identified. What does your business need? It can be now, in the next 6 months or even 12-18 months into the future. Localised enables you to identify potential local suppliers. By...

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Minister visits GROW

Posted on September 22, 2017 in GROW Updates

The Victorian State Government matched the first five years of Give Where You Live Foundation’s funding for GROW with a commitment of $1 million. On Friday, 15 September, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens met with GROW signatories to hear practical examples of how they are using local procurement and targeted employment...

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Creative Compact Action Planning

Posted on September 7, 2017 in Good News Stories

BTS – Business Technology Specialists  is proof that no business is too small or too busy to incorporate the GROW principles into their workplace. While developing BTS’ GROW compact action plan, Stan Corner (CEO) had the brainwave of sponsoring student leaders from Northern Bay College and North Geelong Secondary College to attend the G21 Stakeholder...

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Regional Procurement Action Plan

Posted on August 28, 2017 in GROW Updates

In 2015, we appointed ArcBlue to undertake a comprehensive consultancy, modelling the opportunity for local and social procurement in our region, with 180 businesses participating. With our GROW partners, we launched the Regional Plan in 2016 to work jointly towards these targets for 2020: Moving 7% of the G21 Regional expenditure from non-local to local suppliers...

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Target 100 with Localised

Posted on June 30, 2017 in GROW Updates

GROW and our partner Localised, G21 region’s online supplier platform, are launching Target 100 – 100 projects in 100 days. We are encouraging all organisations who are committed to supporting local businesses and suppliers, to post a project on Localised and contribute to the economic and social prosperity of the Geelong region. It’s a great...

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2017 GROW Report Card #1

Posted on May 25, 2017 in GROW Updates

The GROW Report Card event on May 3 revealed the impact of the GROW Compact Signatories through their local procurement and recruitment over the last financial year. The measurements showed: 72 employment outcomes for GROW target communities, including traineeships and apprenticeships (provided by GROW Compact Signatories) 9.34% shift to local procurement, or $23.88m into the region...

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