Local Buy offers new opportunities for local businesses says Sean

Goondiwindi businessman, Sean Rice.

Goondiwindi businessman, Sean Rice.

Goondiwindi and regional businesses can access more work from 77 local council regions, not-for-profits, local and State government-owned corporations, utilities, large corporate entities and more as part of the support on offer from Local Buy.

Local Buy is a procurement services provider who connects local businesses to local government and many other organisations. They are extending the invitation for Toowoomba-based businesses to join their supplier-base to help them recover sooner from the impact of COVID-19.

Goondiwindi engineering service provider, Proterra Group is a Local Buy supplier who has been successful in winning contracts with local councils and government owned corporations right across Queensland.

"More than 50% of my business comes from Local Buy arrangements," Sean Rice, Managing Director of Proterra Group, says.

"We provide engineering support for civil infrastructure projects including roads, drainage, flood mitigation, landfills and buildings."

"It's really great to be able to get the support and stability from Local Buy and their clients."

"For me, being a Local Buy supplier not only provides us with more business, more opportunities and more brand visibility with local councils and many other organisations, but it also saves me time and money I would otherwise be spending in submitting countless tenders."

"It's a simple process which makes it really easy and quick for me to do business as well."

Local Buy CE0, Peter Mifsud says there are opportunities available for many local businesses.

"We are inviting local businesses across many industries in the Darling Downs region who offer both goods and services, to become a supplier with Local Buy."

"Local governments alone spend $600 million through Local Buy arrangements. We are offering a gateway for local businesses to regrow and expand."

"We offer a one-to-many relationship which priorities local businesses as a first choice."

"We understand the impact COVID-19 has had on local businesses, 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."

"We have introduced a Small and Regional Business' Support Package as well to provide financial relief to eligible small businesses through waiving the first-year's administration fee and providing a credit for rebates payable in quarter one of the 2021 financial year."

"This support has also been extended to suppliers who are newly appointed a Local Buy Arrangement. Through our Grow Local initiative, they will have the first-year's administration fee waived as well."

"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.

To become a Local Buy supplier visit suppliers.localbuyportal.com