Industry participation in government contracting has now become a critical consideration for all areas of State Government expenditure.  Through its continued support for the Office of the Industry Advocate the State Government has seen how effective it can be in generating economic activity, work, investment and innovation to grow the State’s economy while at the same still providing value for money outcomes.

From very humble beginnings in late 2013 the Office of the Industry Advocate has been running Meet the Buyer events to provide an opportunity for local businesses to match their product or service with the right buyer and they have been an excellent  forum for the Office of the Industry Advocate to receive feedback. A new and more professional format for the Meet the Buyer program was trialled 2017 and this has been well received with average attendance per Meet the Buyer rising from 264 to an average is 406 during 2017.  It’s also pleasing to see the new format Meet the Buyer continues to attract a new audience with the most recent event showing 60% of participants hadn’t attended a previous event.

The new Industry Advocate Act 2017 requires the Advocate to take-action to further the objectives of the Industry Participation Policy by building the capability and capacity of businesses based in South Australia to participate in government contracts.  These free events are an excellent opportunity to work towards that objectives as they bring together senior project and contract managers from the state government and create an opportunity for local businesses to promote their products and services.

The next Meet the Buyer is:

Thursday 15th February 2018
7.45am – 10.30am
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Click here to secure your place at the event that will cover all types of procurement opportunities from within State Government and Local Government, including representatives from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Salisbury, City of Playford, City of Charles Sturt and the City of Tea Tree Gully. Plus representatives from the private sector, including ASC, Naval Australia, Navantia Australia, Lendlease and Leed Engineering.