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