BHP sup­ports lo­cal busi­ness

North West Telegraph - - News - Sy­narah Mur­phy

Small busi­nesses in the Pil­bara have been given a huge chance to strive in the Pil­bara, with a re­source gi­ant’s pro­gram reach­ing a mas­sive mile­stone.

BHP has now given lo­cal busi­nesses $5 mil­lion in just one year for pur­chas­ing equip­ment, fa­cil­i­ties and ini­tia­tives as part of the Lo­cal Buy­ing Pro­gram.

Com­pa­nies such as AIE Engi­neer­ing, which is lo­cated at the Web Busi­ness Hub in Port Hed­land, have ben­e­fited with greater ex­po­sure to work op­por­tu­ni­ties.

AIE engi­neer­ing man­ager Kale Bil­lett said the pro­gram al­lowed the or­gan­i­sa­tion to have “one foot in the door”.

A crit­i­cal el­e­ment of the Lo­cal Buy­ing Pro­gram is the build­ing of sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gions that the pro­gram op­er­ates in.

Lo­cal Newman busi­ness owner Quentin Larose has ex­pressed his com­pas­sion for the com­mu­nity that helps his busi­ness grow.

“Be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity like Newman makes us an hon­est com­pany, we pro­vide qual­ity and ser­vice to our cus­tomers,” he said.

“This pro­gram has helped us buy the right equip­ment we needed to do cer­tain jobs around Newman where it is needed.”

For ev­ery trans­ac­tion pro­cessed through the Lo­cal Buy­ing Pro­gram in Western Aus­tralia, BHP al­lo­cates funds that will be used to es­tab­lish busi­ness com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that com­ple­ment pro­grams al­ready be­ing de­liv­ered by BHP.

“These small busi­nesses are what make larger com­pa­nies work in re­gional towns, and BHP sup­port their needs,” a BHP spokesper­son said. The pro­gram, launched in 2017, has been de­liv­ered through a strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween BHP and C-Res.

Pic­ture: BHP

Small busi­ness own­ers, Ian Bright,Kale Bil­lett and Quentin Larose.

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