Enterprise Connect is an Australian Government initiative and is facilitated by Business SA, providing comprehensive advice and support to South Australia’s small and medium businesses.
Business SA has been a partner of the program since its inception back in 2007, and it has recently been announced that it will receive funding for a further three years.
The extension of the Enterprise Connect program will also see a third business adviser join Business SA and will service the south east region of the State.
Enterprise Connect offers eligible clients a business review, which covers all aspects of the business, and at no cost.
The business advisers have a thorough knowledge of business with many years of relevant experience in a wide range of industries.
Following the review, the adviser is able to produce a health check of the business identifying strengths and weaknesses, strategic issues, areas for improvement and opportunities for growth.
The business is then able apply for a Tailored Advisory Services grant, allowing the business to engage a service provider to assist in addressing the areas identified within the review.
As part of the grant, Enterprise Connect will reimburse half the cost, up to $20,000, of engaging a consultant to deliver the recommended improvements.
There is a wide range of areas and issues which can be assessed, with many clients keen to improve their internal practices to increase efficiencies, reduce paperwork, and increase profitability.
Enterprise Connect has assisted many businesses over the past three years including leading South Australian manufacturer of fresh Italian style cheese products, La Casa Del Formaggio.
Managing Director of La Casa, Claude (pictured above), said the review encouraged a new management structure and incorporated systems.
“We weren’t surprised at the review findings. It highlighted some things we could improve and created a pathway for us to move forward,” Claude said.
Acting on the review, the business used funding from its Tailored Advisory Services grant to introduce a culture program incorporating new systems and procedures.
“Business growth has never been better and we now feel that we are beginning to support our operational strength with systems and procedures. Importantly, we have become more strategic in investing capital into the business as we prepare for even further increases in volume,” Claude said.