Up to $20,000 is available from Enterprise Connect to engage a consultant to develop a business plan for your organisation.
Enterprise Connect was an Australian Government initiative in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Their aim was to connect your business to the knowledge, tools and expertise necessary to improve productivity, increase competitiveness and fully capitalise on the growth potential of your business.
The Enterprise Connect program is now closed but continues under a similar program called the the Entrepreneurs’ Program.
Information about the former program is described below.
In November 2015, Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s Ice-cream secure $1,200,000. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams.
The grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.
In March 2014, Bulletpoint assisted Cottage Cheese Farm secure $765,000. Based in Glenroy, Victoria, Cottage Cheese Farm is a speciality cheese manufacturer making mainly Haloumi, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses.
They received funding to assist with construction of a $6M purpose built cheese and yoghurt manufacturing facility. The project will allow them to expand current operations and introduction of new product lines.
Bulletpoint has assisted a number of clients secure manufacturing grants. Check out more case studies.
Who can access Enterprise Connect?
- Businesses in the manufacturing; manufacturing related services; resources technology; defence; clean energy; creative industries and remote Australia
- Turnover between $1.5m and $100m ($1m for creative/clean tech industries; $750,000 in regional areas)
- An ACN, trading for three years and solvent.
Enterprise Connect – Free Business Review
Enterprise Connect will allocate eligible applicants with a Business Adviser who will contact you to agree on a commencement date. You may request a specific business adviser and requests will be met where practicable.
The Business Review is a comprehensive analysis of your business, carried out on-site, by your Business Adviser. A Business Review will generally take three to four working days to complete, which may be spread over several months. Your adviser will work with you with regard to a suitable timeline.
Business Advisers work with people throughout various operational levels of the business to develop a thorough view of, for example:
- the strengths and weaknesses of your business
- strategic business issues
- potential areas for business improvement
- potential areas for growth.
The Business Review is a collaborative process, with the Business Adviser and key people in the business working together to identify changes that could be made to increase the businesses productivity and competitiveness.
Each business receives a Business Review Report outlining these findings and recommended actions.
The Business Review will cost your business nothing, apart from your time.
Enterprise Connect – Tailored Advisory Service
Once you have had an Enterprise Connect Business Review you can apply for our Tailored Advisory Service (TAS) government grant.
The TAS government grant gives you the chance to engage a consultant/s to make the improvements that your Enterprise Connect Business Adviser recommended in your Business Review. They will reimburse your business half the cost, up to a maximum of $20,000 (excluding GST), of engaging the consultant/s.
The types of improvements eligible for funding may include, but are not limited to;
- Supply chain management
- Business and quality management systems
- Lean manufacturing/office
- Strategic and business planning
- Resource management
- Waste/resource management
- People and change management
- New product/service development
- Diversification/economies of scope
- Market access and development
- Export strategy