Last week Geared Up Culcha (GUC) flew in to Sydney to join its strategic partner 5.11 Tactical to attend Australia’s premier security industry event, the 2017 ASIAL Security Exhibition & Conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
GUC is Australia’s fastest growing Indigenous-owned work wear and promotions provider, and it extended its range several years ago to cater more fully to the security industry.
GUC CEO Paul Dodd said, “We’ve been doing it for a few years now and we already kit out a number of national security companies with customised gear. Now we’ve partnered with 5.11 Tactical, which is one of the world’s leading brands in security apparel, footwear, and accessories, I expect we’ll go from strength to strength”.
The Security Exhibition & Conference is the largest and most established commercial event for the security industry in Australia, bringing together the entire supply chain of manufacturers, distributors, security professionals and end users to connect and create unparalleled business opportunities.
“Exhibitions like this provide an excellent opportunity to showcase our versatility. It also gets our name out there,” said Paul Dodd. “A lot of companies don’t know we operate in this space and as we enter the third year of the Federal Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP), with State Government IPPs either rolled out or rolling out shortly, it is encouraging to see the interest shown by Government departments, Tier Ones, and other organisations in the opportunities available to them to increase indigenous participation in their supply chain.”
The Commonwealth Government has been committed to a procurement target for goods and services from Indigenous businesses since the release of its IPP Policy in 2015. Indigenous businesses are key to creating jobs and employing more Indigenous Australians. Indigenous businesses are around 100 times more likely to employ an Indigenous person than other businesses.