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C-Res eNewsletter #5, October 2013

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Inside this issue....


  • BMA Local Buying Program - Quarterly Update
  • BMA celebrates 1,000th Work Instruction milestone
  • Building Sustainable Business Communities - A Small Business and Industry Networking Event - Blackwater
  • Website Development Project for Small Businesses - Linking Schools and Industry
  • Accounting Software Workshops - Emerald and Moranbah
  • Local Buying Community Foundation Quarterly Report
  • Diversity in the Workplace - Disabilities Forum
  • CHDC continues to assist businesses to 'Tap Into Tender' opportunities
  • C-Res team grows to meet demand
  • Information regarding the C-Res website upgrades
  • Business Community Updates

 

Upcoming Events

Important Dates

Click here to visit the C-Res Website

BMA Local Buying Program - Quarterly Update

The BMA Local Buying Program continues to provide opportunities for small businesses from Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald, Moranbah, and Nebo to competitively supply goods and services to BMA and BMC.  Since the program commenced in July 2012, progress has included (as at end September 2013):   
  • over 370 approved C-Res Suppliers 
  • over 1200 work opportunities have been made available to local businesses
  • Average payment days of 9.9 days from supplier claim to payment
  • Total approved spend awarded to local businesses -  $16.33M
  • over $238,000 has been allocated to the Local Buying Community Foundation
To view the BMA Local Buying Program Quarterly Progress Report for end September 2013 - click here.

BMA celebrates 1,000th Work Instruction milestone

BMA's Local Buying Program reached a major milestone in August with the 1,000th work instruction created just over 12 months since the program commenced and awarded to a small business in Blackwater.  BMA Blackwater Mine created the first work instruction when the program launched in July 2012 and created the 1,000th work instruction.  The work instruction was created by Darren Marshall, a Mobile Maintenance Supervisor and was received by Blackwater-based 'BlueChip Heavy Haulage & Earthmoving', founded in 2006 with five employees.  BlueChip's Stanley Brooymans, was on site to provide the services requested and believes the program is providing new opportunities for smaller businesses to deal direct with BMA.  Congratulations to BMA Blackwater Mine and BlueCHip Heavy Haulage and Earthmoving.
Photo L-R: Stanley Brooymans - BlueChip Heavy Haulage & Earthmoving, Darren Marshall - BMA.

Building Sustainable Business Communities -
A Small Business and Industry Networking Event - Blackwater

The Local Buying Community Foundation hosted a small business, industry and BMA networking event in Blackwater in September.  The networking event attracted nearly 60 BMA and local business participants from Blackwater and Emerald and included presentations from:  BMA, Central Highlands Development Corporation and Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.
The next 'Small Business and Industry Networking Event' will be held in Dysart on the 11th December 2013.  Click here for flyer.

Website Development Project for Small Businesses -
Linking Schools and Industry

Secondary school IT students from Capella SHS, Dysart SHS and Moranbah SHS have been working on a Website Development Project linking schools with business communities.  Students have gained valuable real life professional experience working for  businesses (clients) to develop practical business websites.  Businesses work with the students to provide a scope of their business requirements.  Once the students complete the project, businesses decide to either make their websites 'live', work with Moranbah based TM3 Training Solutions to upgrade the basic platform provided by the students or postpone release.  The project is funded by the Local Buying Community Foundation and delivered by TM3 Training Solutions in partnership with CHDC, Youth Invest, and participating secondary schools.  The Website Development Project will continue in 2014 with the addition of Blackwater SHS and Emerald SHS further benefiting small businesses in these communities.  For further information about the project, how to get involved, or to provide feedback, email info@localbuying.com.au .

Congratulations 'Simply Sunshine Childcare Centre' and 'Dysart Mechancial Overhaul' - the first businesses to  go-live with their websites.  To view the websites - visit:  www.simplysunshine.com.au  and www.dmoverhaul.com.au or click on the screenshots above.

Accounting Software Workshops in Emerald and Moranbah

Through the support of the Local Buying Community Foundation, TM3 Training Solutions and Central Highlands Development Corporation are providing businesses from across the Bowen Basin the opportunity to upskill their bookkeeping abilities with courses in Xero, QuickBooks and MYOB in October and November.  These courses are also open to community organisations.

If you would like more information on the courses being held in Moranbah - click here or contact Melissa Westcott, TM3 Training Solutions at Melissa.Westcott@tm3trainingsolutions.com.au

If you would like more information on the courses being held in Emerald - contact Alaynia Garsnworthy, CHDC at agarnsworthy@chdc.com.au

Local Buying Community Foundation Quarterly Report

The Community Foundation is a critical element of the BMA Local Buying Program.  The Foundation aims to support economic development and sustainability of communities within BMA’s operational footprint and the broader Bowen Basin region. Through programs and initiatives that target local business training and development the Local Buying Community Foundation is assisting to build and develop local capacity.  For all approved transactions processed through the Local Buying Program, BMA makes a financial contribution to the Community Foundation, supporting continuous investment in the region.
 
The key areas of focus for the Foundation include:

  1. Building Sustainable Futures (BSF) – focusing on wider business economic and community development. This includes (but not limited to) business grants (new, growth, innovation), employment, scholarships, regional promotion and awareness.
     
  2. Building Sustainable Business Communities (BSBC) – focusing on local business training and development. This includes (but not limited to) industry training, regional economic analysis and education for businesses.
For period July 2012 – September 2013:
  • Total funds contributed to the Community Foundation Trust Account - $238,754
  • Five successful funding rounds:  2012 - August, November / 2013 - February , May , August
  • 13 approved project and or initiatives delivered across the region
To view the Community Foundation Report for September 2013 including the current committee and all projects funded - click here.
 
The last funding round for 2013 closes on 28th November 2013.
Click here to access Community Foundation Funding Information
Congratulations to the Local Buying Community Foundation Project Team who received the Gold Community Achievement Award at the recent BMA Achievement Awards held in Dysart .  The award recognises the work of the team in developing a sustainable Community Foundation providing valuable opportunities for businesses to enhance their current business practices across the Bowen Basin. 
Photo L-R: Brooklyn Coyle - BMA, Tracey Cuttriss-Smith - C-Res, Brodie Vansleve - BMA.

Diversity in the Workplace - Disabilities Forum

Over 45 people attended a recent Diversity in the Workplace Forum in Dysart aimed at initiating a network of stakeholders to create and sustain diverse work environments and opportunities across the Bowen Basin for people with a disability.

The forum, organized in partnership with Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and the Local Buying Community Foundation was attended by members from State Government departments, training organisations, non-government organisations, industry, education and training representatives.

The forum is part of a collaborative project building on the highly successful Disability Engagement Program at BMA Blackwater Mine.  The forum was designed to provide opportunities for stakeholders to identify what programs and services already exist as well as the gaps and challenges commonly faced in the community. 

Opportunities and challenges discussed at the forum will assist a newly established project steering committee to develop and implement a plan aiming to increase employment opportunities for people with a disability in the Bowen Basin.

Presenters included: Paul Hemburrow - BMA, Dr Anne Baker - Disability Services Mackay, Jim Haywood - Centacare, Donna Dern-Tucker - DETE, Julie Irwin - Community Solutions, and Darryl Clark - SkillsDMC. 

For more information on the forum or to become involved in the Bowen Basin Reference Group, contact Tracey Cuttriss-Smith, Community Development Supervisor, C-Res on tracey.cuttriss-smith@c-res.com.au  or Kerry Maley, Local Area Coordinator, Disability Services Qld on kerry.maley@communities.qld.gov.au.  All presentations from the forum are available by clicking here.

CHDC continues to assist businesses to 'Tap Into Tender' opportunities

The Central Highlands Development Corporation is continuing to advertise information on a weekly basis on open tenders in the Fitzroy Region through a CHDC distribution list.  If businesses would like to be added to the Tender Distribution list (no cost), they can contact the Business Development Officer at CHDC by phone (07) 4982 4386 or email business@chdc.com.au.  This initiative has been partially funded by the Local Buying Community Foundation.

C-Res team grows to meet demand

The BMA Local Buying Program continues to gain momentum with a record quarter for available work opportunities across the Bowen Basin.  As a result and to support demand, the C-Res Purchasing Team welcomes a second Purchasing Officer Jaime Lawton (left) to C-Res.  Jaime joins Lea Waters-Marsh (centre) and Purchasing Supervisor, Debbie Porter (right).

Information regarding the C-Res website upgrades

Upgrades to the C-Res website are now completed, with noticeable workspace changes to the online portal.  If you experience any difficulties please contact C-Res on 1800 536 663 or info@c-res.com.au.  These upgrades have been completed based on feedback received by suppliers and BMA.

Updating Supplier Details:
All suppliers registered with the BMA Local Buying Program through C-Res are required to regularly check and update their supplier registration details and provide mandatory information when requested.  Suppliers will only receive Requests for Quote if they have an active C-Res account and are registered in the correct categories and service areas for their business.

Goods and Service Categories:
Suppliers are encouraged to check and update their registered categories in their “My Details” section of their workspace as required.  Suppliers workspaces can be accessed and updated at any time.

NEW:  The "IT Equipment" category has recently been updated to include all communication products and accessories.  The updated category is now called "IT and Communication Equipment".

Service Areas:
A 'service area' is an area in which your business can provide goods or services—not just the area in which your business is located.  If suppliers can provide goods or services to areas outside their current business location then update your supplier profile to reflect your goods/services ability.  This will ensure you receive RFQ's for that location. The service areas available include Blackwater, Emerald (including Capella), Dysart and Moranbah (including Nebo).  To update your service areas please contact C-Res direct via phone or email.

Mandatory Documentation:
It is the responsibility of businesses registered with C-Res to provide current copies of all insurances and lease agreements on expiry of previous documentation submitted.  If mandatory registration requirements lapses, then businesses will have their registration temporarily disabled until C-Res receives and verifies current documentation.  Mandatory documentation includes  Workers Compensation, Public Liability and Rental Lease Agreements (if applicable).

Change to any other supplier registration information:
If any information changes from original registration, suppliers are required to contact C-Res to ensure records are up to date. This includes changes to:
· trading address;
· employee numbers; and
· contact details.
 
To update registration details, please contact C-Res on info@c-res.com.au or 1800 536 663.

Business Community Updates

QMI Solutions Workshops:

November - Focused Improvement Breakfast Clinic - EMERALD.  To register visit the 'Events' page at www.qmisolutions.com.au  or call 07 3364 0700.

Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Workshops:

December - Tendering for Government Business Workshop- EMERALD.  Click here for further information on the workshop and how to register.

Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) provides fortnightly snap shots on what is happening across the Central Highlands including upcoming workshops and events.  To receive these updates visit http://www.chdc.com.au 

Emerald Local Business Owners Working (ELBOW) Group meet regularly both formally, to attend organised information sessions/workshops, and informally to network with other business owners.  If you are a business owner in Emerald and are interested in being a part of this group email elbowgroup@hotmail.com.au


Moranbah Traders Association (MTA) are a well established business group in Moranbah.  If interested in becoming a member of the MTA and receive regular updates visit the MTA website - click here.


'The Feed'

'The Feed' is a smart phone app developed by Study Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday in partnership with BHP Billiton  (BMC) to allow businesses in these regions access to an emerging group of student shoppers for FREE via a simple website upload point.  If interested, go to www.studymackay.com.au or contact info@studymackay.com.au

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