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Enterprise Connect

Ai Group and Enterprise Connect are working together to help eligible small and medium manufacturers become more innovative, productive and competitive.

Since undertaking an Enterprise Connect Business Review, Ronson Gears estimates that it has achieved a 272% increase in 2013 export sales compared to 2012.

Christie Parksafe's interest in participating in the Enterprise Connect Program was initially piqued by the inclusion of quantitative benchmarking against comparable local businesses.  However, it was the Business Review's final action plan, incorporating a suite of Enterprise Connect  services, that the company ultimately came to see as a genuine game changer in the business's approach to its biggest challenges.  Read more.

What is Enterprise Connect? 
Enterprise Connect is an Australian Government initiative backed by industry that offers comprehensive advice and support to eligible Australian small and medium businesses to help them transform and reach their full potential. The services provided aim to boost productivity, improve innovation and ensure business has better access to new ideas and new technology.

Ai Group's involvement 
Ai Group is a partner in the program with 21 business advisers located across Australia, plus 3 Researchers in Business Facilitators, Innovative Regions Facilitators in Adelaide and North Queensland and a Technology Knowledge Connect Facilitator. Across Enterprise Connect a total of around 100 business advisers work for partners and the Government.

What are the Enterprise Connect services to SMEs?

Business review

A skilled Ai Group Business Adviser works one-on-one with your firm for up to 40 hours to identify areas of opportunity (strategy, marketing, manufacturing processes, HR etc)No cost to SME
Researchers in BusinessPlacement of researcher from university or public research agency into your firm to develop new ideas with commercial potentialUp to $50,000 provided for salary costs

Services available after completing a business review

Tailored Advisory Service

Firm chooses specialist consultants to implement recommended improvement activitiesUp to $20,000 matched government funding provided

Technology and Knowledge Connect

Service designed to connect your firm with sources of technology and technical knowledge; testing and prototypingFree
Enterprise LearningEnterprise Learning provides Australian small and medium businesses with a range of support activities to improve business performance, increase management and operational capability, build networks and embed change.Tailored Advisory Service funding accessed

Who can access these services?

  • Businesses in the manufacturing; manufacturing related services; resources technology; defence; clean technology; clean energy; creative industries, tourism, professional services; information and communication technology; transport (freight) and logistics and remote Australia 
  • Turnover between $1.5m and $100m ($1m for creative industries and tourism)
  • An ACN, trading for three years and solvent.

For more information on the Enterprise Connect services, eligibility and business advisers visit

 Enterprise Connect

Watch the video and see how the Ai Group Enterprise Connect business adviser has helped Ai Group member company Laserlife Littlejohn.

Over 20,000 businessess have accessed Enterprise Connect Services.

For details of results to date see the Enterprise Connect Scorecard.

Contact our business advisers

National Manager – Business Advisory Services
Vivienne Filling
Tel: 03 9867 0283

Business Advisers:

Vance Wheeler
Tel: 0418 652 358

Geoff Brazier
Tel: 0419 585 878

Robert Lloyd
Tel: 0401 125 482

Donna Edwards
Tel: 0400 731 822

Philip Ransome
Tel: 0438 944 347

Herman Mott
Tel: 0400 660 512

Russell King
Tel: 0407 046 890

Mike Sewell (Clean Technology)
Tel: 0409 512 578

David Knipe (Clean Technology)
Tel: 0449 901 624


Steve Balachandran
Tel: 0400 661 354

John Mills
Tel: 0400 662 083

Keith Madden
Tel: 0400 661 803

John Davison
Tel: 0400 662 082

Aleksandar Kovacevic
Tel: 0418 119 851

Robert McMenemy
Tel: 0419 266 460

Paul Avery
Tel: 0421 003 816

Gary McHugh (ICT, Professional Services, Creative Industries)
Tel: 0408 318 090

Andrea Jackson
Tel: 0417 486 232

Gold Coast
Stuart Kerr
Tel: 0434 551 593

Cathy Morato
Tel: 0421 003 815

Mick Lemon
Tel: 0400 660 926

Researchers in Business Facilitators:

Kevin Thomson
Tel: 0438 155 815

New South Wales
Bill Kerr
Tel: 0409 989 810

David Martin
Tel: 0408 283 258

Technology Knowledge Connect Facilitator
South Australia

Richard Penman
Tel: 0409 169 978

Innovative Regions Facilitators

David Henderson
Tel: 0417 891 944

North Queensland
Ross Contarino
Tel: 0418 783 502