GROW News

More GROW signatories!

Posted on November 18, 2016 in News

GROW is continuing to expand our partners across the G21 Region, with 8 new organisations signing the GROW Compact and joining our collective efforts to address disadvantage. At the recent Give Where You Live annual general meeting, the following organisations were awarded their GROW Compact certificates for committing to the principles of local and social...

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Colac Demand-led Employment Project

Posted on October 28, 2016 in News

Colac job seekers will benefit from recently-announced state government funding to deliver the Colac Demand-led Employment Project. Give Where You Live Foundation CEO, Bill Mithen, said the funds would enable Colac job seekers to better access employment opportunities in the town, through tailored support and training designed to meet specific employer needs. “The $620,000 Jobs...

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For the Locals, by the Locals

Posted on September 16, 2016 in Case Studies

About Baptcare Baptcare has provided care services to the Victorian community for more than 70 years and is thrilled to be making a multi-million dollar commitment to build 52 affordable rental houses, a 90 bed aged care facility and a large community hub with a café for locals to meet in, right in the heart...

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Welcome new GROW Compact signatories

Posted on September 15, 2016 in News

On September 16, GROW awarded certificates to ten organisations who are signing the GROW Compact – committing to integrating the GROW principles (that a prosperous community cares for the well-being of all its members) into their own values and daily operations. GROW is encouraging all businesses and organisations in the G21 Region to join with...

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Regional procurement recommended actions underway

Posted on September 3, 2016 in News

The GROW Regional Economic Modelling Procurement report confirms the ‘local and social procurement’ approach behind the GROW can deliver 2500 jobs by 2020 and $1 billion of economic benefits each year. Economic modelling shows that a 7% shift on current purchasing and employment practice is all that is needed to not only address pockets of disadvantage,...

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Alcoa Foundation Social Procurement Toolkit launch

Posted on September 3, 2016 in News

On September 16, GROW and the Alcoa Foundation are delighted to launch the Social Procurement Toolkit, the first of its kind in Australia. The Toolkit is a series of ground-breaking and innovative tools and templates to support local/social procurement and local economic development in the G21 Region. These tools have been crafted by ArcBlue (Procurement...

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Small Business with a Big Heart

Posted on August 24, 2016 in Case Studies, Case Studies - Social Procurement

About Brand Bureau Brand Bureau is a multi award-winning agency, delivering advertising, marketing and public relations services to diverse organisations across Australia. Even though they are a small, family business they subscribe to the belief that alleviating disadvantage is everyone’s responsibility. Commitment to sourcing locally Brand Bureau are unashamedly pro-Geelong and provide local suppliers with...

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Barwon Water: Doing the GROW thing

Posted on August 24, 2016 in Case Studies

About Barwon Water Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) is Victoria’s largest regional urban water corporation providing high quality water, recycled water and sewerage services. Sourcing locally One of the first steps toward implementing the GROW initiative for Barwon Water was to start integrating more local and social requirements in its Procurement Strategy. This included...

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