Voices Of GROW

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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GROW clauses were critical

At the 2018 GROW Report Card event, Richard Martin from Hamlan Homes talks about the employment and social procurement outcomes from their work on the Baptcare project.

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Bethany’s local and social benefits

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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For the Locals, by the Locals

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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Barwon Water: Doing the GROW thing

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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Small Business with a Big Heart

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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