Voices Of GROW

Good news story – Nicholson Construction (Buy Local and Social)

Stephen Allen, Director of Nicholson Construction has provided this story relating to Local and Social Procurement. Please provide a brief background and some context. Nicholson’s are thrilled to be commencing work on Anam Cara’s new facility at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds campus.  Such a significant and important project for our Geelong community. The project...

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Good News Story – Plan Group (Spend Local)

Please provide a brief background and some context. Plan Group has committed to a strategic action plan with GROW to ensure we are able to maintain and integrate the GROW philosophy, that a prosperous community cares for the well-being of all its members. Plan Group are committed to providing beneficial economic and social returns to...

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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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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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Making a difference through social procurement

Being a local government buyer for the region it was a great opportunity for us to make a difference – and to make that difference we needed to create a partnership with an organisation with more knowledge and expertise in the procurement and social enterprise space that could assist Barwon Water meeting its policy requirements...

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Shifting focus at local and state level

My involvement with GROW came about when Colac Area Health become compact signatories. There are several parts of the organisation that are connected to GROW in different ways. My involvement with GROW is due to the fact I oversee both procurement and the unskilled workforce in the food services department. Becoming a compact signatory has...

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BTS inspiring change

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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