GROW News

First 10 compact action plans now online!

Posted on December 15, 2017 in News

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 News

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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BTS inspiring change

Posted on November 27, 2017 in Case Studies

As a reasonably small business, with a strong vision and focus on supporting the local community, BTS-Business Technology Specialists joined GROW knowing their commitment aligned strongly with GROW principles. However, on providing expenditure data to GROW and receiving their individual dashboard, Stan Corner (CEO) was surprised to find how much  leakage of spend had occurred...

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Bethany’s local and social benefits

Posted on October 26, 2017 in Case Studies

Bethany 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 News

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 News

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 Case Studies

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 News

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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Emerging opportunities for Social Enterprise

Posted on August 7, 2017 in News

GROW was pleased to be part of the Geelong Small Business Festival event “Emerging Opportunities in Social Enterprise” on Wednesday August 9 2017. Facilitated by Geoff Gourley of One10, around 45 participants learned more about how to start a Social Enterprise or purpose driven business and simple ways to alter your workplace practices to incorporate purpose...

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Target 100 with Localised

Posted on June 30, 2017 in News

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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