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Social Traders goes regional

We are halfway through our two weeks of roadshows in regional Victoria.  The roadshows are designed to profile the emerging social procurement marketplace to social enterprises, government and businesses.

Each program features

  • an introduction to the Victorian Government Social Procurement framework,
  • an introduction to Social Procurement,
  • a panel featuring a social enterprise, business or government conducting social procurement,
  • a Question and Answer session, and
  • an informal networking opportunities

We kicked off our Regional Roadshows on Monday, 18 March in the Gippsland region of Victoria in Traralgon.  We were delighted to be hosted by the VRI and made full use of their new kitchen facilities.  More than 50 people gathered to learn from the panel represented by Vic Roads, #STcertified AGA, GROW Gippsland, Kinaway and the Victorian Government.

Traralgon, 18 March 2019

Wodonga was next on our itinerary where around 30 people gathered at The Cube, Wodonga to learn from Downer, #STcertified The Workgroup, ACRE, Kinaway and the Victorian Government.

We wrapped up the week in Shepparton with Downer, #STcertified The Workgroup, ACRE, Kinaway, GROW Shepparton and the Victorian Government sharing their experience in social procurement.  The event at The Connection, Shepparton was well attended with around 50 joining us to close off a successful first week.

Shepparton, 21 March 2019

The conversations in each of this event suggest that the Victorian Government Social Procurement framework is now squarely in the minds of government agencies and social enterprises.

This was evident in The Workgroup’s recent Request for Tender (RFT) experience, where the RFTs from Victoria referred specifically to the Social Procurement Framework, while the interstate ones did not.

There is a growing recognition that government spending creates an opportunity to deliver social outcomes that benefit the local and broader Victorian community.

Our visits were well received by local news outlets including ABC Goulburn Valley, Ballarat Times, Geelong Advertiser and Shepparton News.

Week two will see us in Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong, with the final roadshow scheduled on Thursday, 28 March in Geelong.