As Moreton Bay Regional Council and big players in the region focus on buying locally, businesses are being urged to register so they can be in the running to grab a piece of the action.
The region’s businesses can access more work from local councils, not-for-profits, local and state government-owned corporations, utilities, large private entities and others as part of the support on offer from Local Buy.
Local Buy is a procurement services provider connecting local businesses to these organisations and is keen to help businesses recover sooner from the impact of COVID-19 by inviting them to join their supplier-base.
Local Buy CEO Peter Mifsud says there’s many opportunities available.
“We are inviting local businesses across multiple industries who offer many goods and services to become a supplier with us,” he explains.
“Local government alone spend $600 million through Local Buy arrangements. We are offering a gateway for local businesses to regrow and expand. We provide a one-to-many relationship which prioritises local businesses as a first choice.
“We understand the impact COVID-19 has had on local businesses in the Moreton Bay Region, and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to get more work, so that they can get back on their feet sooner.”
Local Buy has introduced a Small and Regional Business’ Support Package to provide financial relief to eligible small and regional businesses by waiving the first-year administration fee and rebate credit for the first quarter in the 2021 financial year. More information about the Small and Regional Business’ Support Package is here.
“Small-to-medium businesses are the backbone of this country and we want to see them thrive. We want to ensure sure that local businesses, particularly SMEs, are getting a slice of the local work and projects on offer,” Mr. Mifsud says.
“VendorPanel identified there was a need in the market. A lot of local governments are managing contracts on behalf of their constituents and needed to manage these contracts on one platform,” VendorPanel Senior Commercial Manager Glen Duff explains.
VendorPanel founder and CEO James Leathem created it and Local Buy was one of the first clients to use it more than 10 years ago.
Glen says vendors and clients find it easy to use.
“It is the number one procurement platform used by governments across Australia and it’s number one for a reason,” he says.
“There is a strong desire to buy local and VendorPanel deploys two-sided geolocation to help buyers identify local supply capability - a unique feature that has won awards for leveraging procurement to drive local economic development.
“The platform will support Local Buy's regional campaigns to drive supplier registrations onto their pre-approved supplier lists, providing another vital avenue for suppliers to obtain more opportunities for work, and for councils to identify and easily connect with their local suppliers.”
Glen says the geolocation mapping technology is helping economic development activity.
“Instead of engaging suppliers that may reside outside of the region, it lets you focus in on your own region to see if there is capability. If there isn’t you can broaden the scope to other suppliers,” he says.
Totally Workwear has been registered with Local Buy for more than six years and has been supplying Moreton Bay Regional Council since 2019.
Group Sales and Marketing Manager Adam Wolbers says they supply corporate and industrial uniforms to different departments of the council from their Strathpine store.
“However, Totally Workwear has the ability to provide practically anything upon request. The current COVID-19 business climate means that over the past three months we have supplied everything from toilet paper to hospital gowns, and everything in between,” Adam explains.
“Being registered with Local Buy has streamlined the process of connecting with government departments, councils, schools and other not-for-profit organisations. These businesses and organisations have been able to contact Totally Workwear directly with a request knowing exactly what we can provide.”
“In a time where most businesses are not sure what is around the corner tomorrow, it is increasingly important to support the local businesses that form your community,” Adam explains.
“By working closely with and supporting our neighbouring business, we can help build confidence back into the area, when uncertainty and market stress has caused some to faulter. The ability to build and maintain good relationships with local customers and suppliers can ensure we are all in a position to see the other side of this challenge in a good position.”
For Adam it’s also about supporting his dedicated team, who are the backbone of the business.
“Throughout our group of stores, we have a family of staff that are the lifeblood of Totally Workwear. Without the commitment, stability and expertise of these wonderful people, TWW could not provide the high level of service and supply to the MBRC, Local Buy and our existing customer base across Brisbane and Queensland.”
For more information about how to become a Local Buy supplier, including all current open tenders, head to the website.