Engaging SME's at the Grand Prix

ICN and Australian Defence Alliance (ADA) recently hosted a diverse array of industry stakeholders at the Connecting SMEs: Defence function at the Australian Grand Prix precinct on Thursday March 12th. As part of the ongoing arrangement with this iconic sporting event, the breakfast provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the expanding defence sector within the Australian landscape. Also, partnering with the ADA provided an enhanced attendee demographic whilst enabling strong engagement from start to finish.

With the formidable engines careering around the famous Albert Park track, presentations were provided by several industry leaders. ICN would like to express a big thank you to all of the speakers, namely: Major General Andrew Bottrell – Head of Land Systems at CASG, Graeme Bulte from the Bulte Group, Mick Burgess from Babcock Australia & New Zealand, and the renowned Defence Victoria industry advocate John O’Callaghan as MC.

With a strong attendee turnout, this breakfast function certainly highlighted the many prospects available to SMEs across the defence sector. Furthermore, the room was bustling with energy during the networking session in the latter half of the function, over a cappuccino or delightful breakfast roll. This event brought to life the partnerships that ICN Victoria is continually working to expand upon in defence, as well as embrace the diversification & innovation that many manufacturers have realised in the Australian market.

We are also grateful to have hosted Connecting SMEs: Policy in Action on Friday morning before the GP was cancelled. A huge thanks to our dedicated speakers and attendees that turned out amidst trying circumstances to hear about practical applications of the Local Jobs First policy and Social Procurement Framework from Don Matthews – Local Jobs First Commissioner, along with Wade Noonan from JobsBank, Wendy Bezzina from Latrobe Valley Enterprises, and Jeremy Clark from Barpa.

The ICN Victoria team keenly looks forward to hosting similar engaging events over the course of 2020. We look forward to deepening our relationship with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation in the coming instalments of this grand showpiece of Melbourne. Although it was disappointing that the 2020 Grand Prix event was cancelled on Friday March 13th, we understand the necessity given the global health crisis and look forward to the Australian GP returning bigger and better in 2021.