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AMTIL secures extended Enterprise Connect funding

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The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) has secured an extension to its contracts with Enterprise Connect (EC) to assist the Commonwealth Government with the delivery of business reviews and access to technology and knowledge facilitation. The extension will run through to the end of June 2015.

An Enterprise Connect Partner Organisation since 2010, the not-for-profit AMTIL represents the interests of manufacturing technology suppliers and users within the advanced and precision manufacturing sector.

Enterprise Connect is a Commonwealth Government initiative providing companies with connections and advice through a suite of targeted services and networks. These include business reviews and advice, grants to help businesses to engage researchers or workshops for industry to network and gain exposure to technology. EC has 12 centres around Australia and services small and medium-sized businesses in a number of sectors including resources, manufacturing, defence, creative and tourism.

According to AMTIL Project Manager Greg Chalker, the extended funding will allow the organisation to continue offering solid assistance to their members and the wider manufacturing community. The funding provides an important opportunity for the manufacturing sector to access assistance to help maintain their competiveness.

Mr Chalker considers the Enterprise Connect initiative to be an extremely useful and successful program as it is delivered by highly skilled and credentialed people with real-world experience direct from industry.

AMTIL began with one Business Adviser in metro Melbourne 18 months ago, subsequently taking on two National Technology and Knowledge Connect Facilitators located in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Mr Chalker explains that their team of highly skilled Business Advisers and Facilitators can provide companies with a comprehensive business review, which is delivered on-site and free of charge. The advice service begins with a comprehensive business review, which then opens doors connecting the business to all kinds of expertise, ranging from technology support to advice directly tailored to the recommendations of the business review.

The Facilitators assist with inter-firm collaboration, cluster development and supply chain relationships, and help local businesses to access Enterprise Connect services and other industry programs to increase entrepreneurial capacity.

As an EC Partner Organisation, AMTIL can assist to imbed a researcher into a business to help with the realisation of commercially viable ideas and services. The Business Advisers and Facilitators can help small and medium businesses to commercialise their ideas, which in the long run will help Australia to maintain a competitive edge in manufacturing.

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