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Industry bodies form an alliance in support of Aussie business

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Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive to step down
Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive to step down

(28/05/2018 )

The Australian Made Campaign’s Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, has announced he is stepping down at the end of July this year, after 14 years at the helm of the organisation responsible for promoting and administering the nation’s iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo.

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Industry bodies form an alliance in support of Aussie business

Two powerful influences in Australian industry, Family Business Australia and the Australian Made Campaign, are coming together in partnership to help foster business collaboration and offer improved access to resources.

Approximately 70%* of Australian businesses are family businesses, many of which manufacture and grow the products they sell in Australia.

Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said that because both organisations shared the same goal of helping those businesses achieve success, it made sense for the two organisations to be aligned.

 “The more we collaborate to help support Aussie growers and manufacturers, the better their chances of succeeding will be – the Australian Made Campaign is very much a collective effort, so the more businesses involved, the stronger the impact,” Mr Harrison said.

“The Australian Made Campaign looks forward to working with Family Business Australia to help further strengthen the important contribution that family businesses make to the Australian economy and local communities.” 

Family Business Australia Chief Executive, Robin Buckham, said she was proud to be working with the Australian Made Campaign to help grow stronger and healthier family businesses.

“Our organisations both work with a wide variety of Australian industries, and there are clear synergies we intend to expand on and develop,” Ms Buckham said. 

Leveraging heritage and country-of-origin branding can provide Australian businesses with powerful competitive advantages, and both organisations provide businesses with marketing tools to help them capitalise on those assets.

Roy Morgan Research^ shows increasingly, Australian shoppers want to buy locally made and grown goods, and the desire to support local businesses# plays a key role in that.

The National Family Business Australia Conference in August will focus on country-of-origin branding, with key participation from the Australian Made Campaign. There are also state-based conferences held throughout the year, the next of which will be held in Victoria on the 8th of May.

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*Family Businesses in Australia – different and significant: why they shouldn't be overlooked
#Roy Morgan Research for Australian Made Campaign Ltd