Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf visits region to develop business capability

CAPABILITY: Oz Minerals Group Manager Geoff Deans, McMahon Services Northern Region Manager Steve Badman, Oz Minerals Superintendent Matt Kidner, Business Port Pirie Chairman Mark Hanlon, GMUSG Co-Manager's Lynn Wallace and Brodie Papps.
CAPABILITY: Oz Minerals Group Manager Geoff Deans, McMahon Services Northern Region Manager Steve Badman, Oz Minerals Superintendent Matt Kidner, Business Port Pirie Chairman Mark Hanlon, GMUSG Co-Manager's Lynn Wallace and Brodie Papps.

Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) visited Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla as part of its focus on helping businesses improve their competitive capabilities.

This visit comes ahead of the 16th Conference and Trade Expo, which will be held in Port Augusta at Central Oval from October 20 to 22.

In partnership with Oz Minerals, the Competitive Capability Program aims to promote business, demonstrate capability and how that can be done remotely.

Small and medium-sized businesses participating in the sessions learned how to promote their existing capability, connect to other regional businesses and connect to existing local buying programs.

GMUSG Co-Manager Brodie Papps said the focus of the sessions was about finding out what work is in the pipeline and giving businesses the chance to strengthen their relationships.

"This program came about during COVID when we weren't able to conduct things like supplier tours or workshop visits, so it meant that some of the bigger asset owners became disconnected from the capabilities that Upper Spencer Gulf businesses had," she said.

"Being able to showcase your capability, particularly during periods like COVID, where you couldn't have people come and visit your shopfront or workshop and when it is a lot harder to promote your business remotely.

"So looking at how do you actually position your business to be really competitive and stand out from the crowd."

NETWORKING: Business representatives get involved in the trade expo at the 2018 Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf Conference.

NETWORKING: Business representatives get involved in the trade expo at the 2018 Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf Conference.

Ms Papps said website and social media engagement are key tools for businesses, as well as capability statements and up-to-date policies and procedures.

"Having those documents prepared in the top drawer ready to send out when those opportunities for work come up means they're better prepared," she said.

Ms Papps said the feedback from organisations and businesses across the Upper Spencer Gulf has been well received.

"We have been really amazed at the breadth of businesses that have been interested in this program, which says to us that we are targeting documents that are really relevant to companies across a really broad scale of different sizes and types of businesses," she said.

"We haven't yet met a business that has said that they have all of those things completely up to date, so this is a really good chance to work on that with some additional support."

McMahon Services Northern Region Manager Steve Badman said he attended the session to generate industry partnerships with other companies.

"We have been doing baby steps. People have got to have trust in each other, but we are moving forward," he said.

"There are a few businesses working together to get into the bigger industry in mining, smelting and the defence side of things.

"What we are trying to do is keep the cost down moving into the industry by locally getting the work and not letting it slip through and go down to Adelaide.

Mr Badman said some of the benefits he expects McMahon's to gain from the program is "employment, development and expansion".

"We are very supportive of the program and we want to work with that because it would be good for the region," he said.

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