Pro­gram to boost busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

THE South West De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is aim­ing to en­cour­age more in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for small busi­ness through the de­vel­op­ment of the TradeS­tart pro­gram.

Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Ball said through the pro­gram the com­mis­sion would work to con­nect South West busi­nesses to in­ter­na­tional mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We’ll be em­ploy­ing a range of mech­a­nisms to en­cour­age gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and State Gov­ern­ment-funded projects to take a lo­cal fo­cus when it comes to pro­cure­ment, jobs and con­tracts,” she said.

“What we want is more lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses get­ting a slice of the ac­tion, and less lo­cal work go­ing out­side the re­gion.”

To sup­port the pro­gram, a re­gional ref­er­ence group has been es­tab­lished that com­prises rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern- ment and non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing busi­ness and in­dus­try groups.

Events are be­ing added to the re­gion’s busi­ness cal­en­dar for the pur­pose of giv­ing lo­cal out­fits a chance to pro­mote what they have to of­fer ma­jor State Gov­ern­ment-funded projects.

The Pro­cure South West event be­ing held in Bun­bury on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24, and Satur­day, Novem­ber 25, would in­clude a lo­cal con­tent of­fi­cer desk.

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