Workshop to highlight collaborating benefits to businesses

IMPLEMENTING collaborative partnerships can enable businesses share knowledge and resources, reduce risk and gain access to bigger and better opportunities, and ultimately lead to significant growth.

Gladstone businesses will have the chance to learn more about how to successfully collaborate with other businesses in a half-day workshop this coming Friday, December 6.

Australian Institute for Commercialisation lead innovation consultant Denise Raybould believes collaboration is an often overlooked avenue that she would like to see more businesses consider.

"Businesses sometimes miss out on opportunities because they don't have the critical mass and capability, particularly with major projects," she said.

"Often businesses are concerned about collaborating with others that may be competitors.

"Collaboration, if handled correctly, can provide a simple and effective solution. It's about knowing how and when to enter into such an arrangement."

The Collaborating for Business Advantage workshop, run by QMI Solutions, sponsored by the Queensland Government and supported by the Gladstone Engineering Alliance, will show businesses the significant benefits of collaboration and how to locate and engage the best partners to build successful relationships.

Facilitated by Ms Raybould who has more than 20 years experience helping a wide range of businesses innovate and develop for growth, the workshop will show businesses examples of successful collaborations, and will provide them with the tools to start planning their own.

"Forming beneficial partnerships both within and outside your industry gives your business the scope to service a wider range of clients and provide a more comprehensive service offering," said Ms Raybould.

Collaborating for Business Advantage workshop

  • On: Friday, December 6
  • At: Queensland Government Office, 33 Goondoon St, Gladstone from 8am - noon
  • With: Lunch included.
  • Cost: The workshop is subsidised by the Queensland Government Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, with a cost to participants of $50 (excluding GST).
  • To register or for more information, please visit