The manufacturing industry supply chain in South Australia is currently undergoing significant shift. As we see increasing changes in the manufacturing industry in business ownership (sales, amalgamations, liquidations etc.) there are also changes to customers and to how businesses fit in to an evolving supply chain. For many, the key business contacts just aren’t there anymore!
The Polaris Centre’s manufacturing team held a series of workshops attended by over 50 local businesses in April & May which highlighted the supply opportunities to the City of Salisbury. These workshops were relevant to businesses wanting to supply to any Local Council. The workshops covered what Council is actually buying, the opportunities for you, and the actual tendering process and how you can position your business to meet key tender requirements to improve your tendering/quoting success.
Also, in May the Polaris Centre manufacturing team assisted the Industry Capability Network (ICN) in SA put on an information session attended by 23 business owners which gave practical suggestions on how businesses can improve their profile page and hopefully increase the number of supply opportunities they receive from Government.
The Polaris Centres manufacturing team have for a while been promoting opportunities for participating in the State Government supply chain via the Meet the Buyer events hosted by the Office of the Industry Advocate. The Industry Participation Advocate, Mr Ian Nightingale, was also speaker at our recent Northern Business Breakfast attended by over 120 local businesses. This again giving Northern Adelaide Businesses that exposure to new business opportunities they can pursue.
Lessons learned for all businesses that want to expand their supply chain partners are:
- Register for Tender information on SA Tenders website which is where Councils, as well as the State Government, advertise supply opportunities;
- Ensure your business has an updated Capability Profile and contact details on the ICN website
- If you need business development support contact the Polaris Centre where one of our experienced advisors can provide business guidance http://polariscentre.com.au/.