Voices of GROW

Norris Group

Norris Group are a local family owned and operated Civil Construction company with over 220 staff, who joined GROW in 2018. They told us: “We had always promoted local business, but we realised we needed to increase our networks and collaborate more with the broader GROW community.  We saw the benefits of developing more local...

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Josie’s Transport

What does it mean to be a part of GROW? Aaron Cole from Josie’s Transport explains: “After buying Josie’s Transport in February 2018 we soon joined GROW, as we wanted to keep the fantastic name that Josie’s has in the local community, keep that identity, be part of Geelong and support local business. “We provided...

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Building trust, confidence and understanding

I was saying that [name] had barriers to employment: Mental illness; fairly significant challenges in terms of work; long term unemployed – these are the limitations that [the employee] had. We teamed up with another GROW signatory called Encompass Community Services – that we recruited [the employee] through, and they also provided us with support...

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Working toward the same outcomes

Well I became involved in GROW through my manager […], with my role being I suppose … around employment and training opportunities and the Department of Justice and Community Safety  already working with GROW, she thought it would be [of] benefit to work with [Liz Everist, GROW backbone] and from there it has grown into...

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Enabling policy and practice change

The idea of GROW is a natural fit for our business. … Before the change we would have stated very clearly that our business buys locally and this would have happened naturally and I would have stated that that policy view would have been well communicated to the team that was making purchasing decisions/procurement decisions...

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