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?
|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 Business||Placement of researcher from university or public research agency into your firm to develop new ideas with commercial potential||Up 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 activities||Up 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 prototyping||Free|
|Enterprise Learning||Enterprise 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 www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au.
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.