Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf brings networking expo to the region.

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.

Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) will make an early trip to the region ahead of its 16th Conference and Trade Expo in Port Augusta to host sessions for small and medium-sized businesses.

The informal sessions will be held in Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie and will focus on helping businesses to improve their capabilities for tendering and winning work.

GMUSG Co-Manager Brodie Papps said she aimed to help businesses translate their skills and capabilities into a format that asset owners and project developers would understand.

"How they talk about their business, how they promote their best aspects...and we've certainly seen since the COVID pandemic there's been more emphasis put on these electronic channels of procurement than ever before," she said.

"You need to be able to promote your business remotely."

Website and social media engagement are key for businesses in this day and age according to Ms Papps, as are 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 collaborating with other businesses was important for smaller companies looking to take on major projects.

"It's very important to get to know the other businesses in the region because there are some great opportunities to take on some projects through collaboration," she said.

The GMUSG Capability Sessions will be held on the following days:

Wednesday 16th September - Port Augusta

Standpipe Hotel from 5:30pm - 7pm

Thursday 17th September - Port Pirie

Memorial Oval from 5:30pm - 7pm

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

For further information contact Brodie or Lynn at manager@gmusg.com.

The 16th GMUSG Conference and Trade Expo will be held in Port Augusta on October 20-22.