70 Million Reasons to Get Behind Gippsland Business Connect

Published on 05 December 2018

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A new local business platform, funded by the Latrobe Valley Authority, is off to a flying start with more than 1,100 users registered and more than 60 local procurement opportunities worth $70 million posted to the platform.

Gippsland Business Connect is an online network for local businesses.

Businesses can sign up to Gippsland Business Connect for free and use it to:

  • Create a profile and advertise their goods and service.
  • Get recommendations, introductions and quotes from local suppliers.
  • Access a pipeline of future procurements across the region.
  • Promote a business event they’re running.
  • Access a regional calendar of business networking and professional development opportunities.

Since launching Gippsland Business Connect:

  • 1100+ people have registered.
  • 670+ business profiles have been created.
  • 63+ local projects have been listed.
  • $69 million in forward procurement value is now visible.
  • 140+ business events have been promoted through the regional event calendar.

Gippsland Business Connect is part of the GROW Gippsland project which is working to maximise the impact of local spend on the Gippsland economy, particularly focused on creating jobs and making sure everyone gets an opportunity for work in the region.

Gippsland Business Connect is funded by the Latrobe Valley Authority and is a partnership with Baw Baw Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council, Latrobe City Council and the Industry Capability Network.

Local businesses can access the service at https://gippsland.businessconnect.io

Explore examples of various services and listings:

Quotes attributable to Executive Manager Communications and Economic Development at Baw Baw Shire Council, Mark Kestigian

“Registrations to the platform have exceeded expectations, which is great news for local businesses.”

“Gippsland Business Connect is creating more visibility of the businesses in our region and helping more businesses to connect and spend locally. That’s good for business, for jobs and the broader community.”

Quotes attributable to Director of Methmac Communications, Leah Mether

“Gippsland Business Connect is a valuable resource. It provides a platform to promote our events to a wider audience and share our expertise with the local business community through articles.”

"It also allows us to easily find and connect with other great Gippsland businesses. I'm a huge believer in supporting local and Gippsland Business Connect helps me to do just that.”

Quotes attributable to Head of Business Engagement at Gippsland Business Connect, Daley Thompson

“It’s now a lot easier for local suppliers to find local procurement opportunities. We’re working closely with the region’s local Councils to publish a pipeline of procurements they have planned in the next three to six months.”

“By letting suppliers know what projects are coming well before they go to tender, local suppliers can better plan for and prepare to win local work.”

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Image: Gippsland Business Connect webpage.