Councils sourcing locally through ICN Regional Gateway

Since establishing ICN Regional Gateway, ICN has been working with Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and councils on sourcing products and services locally.

Lismore City Council is one such council that have been working with ICN to source locally. In July 2013, they launched their local initiative, Buy Local project, a collaboration between Lismore City Council, the Northern NSW Local Health District and the University Centre for Rural Health. This project aims to put these three organisations in direct contact with local suppliers.

Through ICN Regional Gateway, purchasing officers from these organisations can contact local suppliers and local businesses can register their details and interest in new opportunities.

Lismore City Council Business Facilitator, Sustainable Development, Mark Batten, said that working with ICN on the project will ‘help contribute to economic development in the region, both directly with local government agencies buying from local suppliers and indirectly, with a flow on effect to other sectors. With more money remaining in the region, local retailers will also reap the benefits of a strong local economy’.

Lismore City Council currently spends $10.5 million on ‘run of the mill items’, from work wear to library books and park furniture.

There is plenty of opportunity for local businesses.

‘Contracts advertised as part of the Buy Local project could range from very small jobs or supply orders right through to large projects and bulk goods’ said Mark.

One such business that has seen success is Shaws Office National, a local Lismore office supply store that, through ICN Regional Gateway, expressed their interest in supplying the local council with data projectors and after providing a quote won the business.

Another win was for FMBD Consultants, an office furniture store that were successful in supplying office furniture to the Tweed Hospital Dental Unit.

These small but important wins, have the potential to open up future opportunities for these businesses and many others. The project has been designed as a practical approach to supporting the local economy by buying locally, aiming to keep money and jobs in the region.

‘Work packages cover a wide variety of trades and services which could range from construction labour to medical products, office supplies, electrical goods, kitchen equipment, catering, cleaning. The list is endless’, said Mark.

‘ICN is proud to be a part of this project’ said Peter Webster, Deputy Director, ICN NSW.

‘ICN Regional Gateway is a fantastic resource, which allows businesses to be made aware of opportunities and LGAs and councils the opportunity to be put in contact with local suppliers’.

ICN is Australia and New Zealand’s innovative industry matchmaker. If you’re a major project developer, ICN can put you in contact with the best suppliers. If you’re a supplier we will connect you  with the best projects for your business.