Down to business: Vivid Indigenous Services
ANZ branches in Australia’s Capital Territory (ACT) have been clients of VIS for about four years, with big sister company VPS providing cleaning services to branches in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
When VIS secured the cleaning services contract for ANZ branches in Queensland through JLL earlier this year, they grew from servicing just seven ANZ branches to more than 100. With administration and infrastructure already in place, expansion was seamless and importantly provided a spike in employment opportunities for Indigenous communities across the state.
The ACT contract allowed all parties to ‘dip their toes’ in the water and start small. JLL National Vendor Manager Guy Cartwright is firm that making sure the expansion was done in a sustainable way that wasn't going to be detrimental to the relationship, delivery or employment was critical.
“Through our expansion with Vivid Indigenous Services (VIS) we are partnering with a provider who has growth, development, support and opportunities within Indigenous communities at the forefront of their business as well as offering a valuable service to ANZ” Guy says.
JLL have been working closely in partnership with ANZ for a number of years to support both their own and JLL’s respective Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) through increased engagement of Indigenous owned businesses.
Michelle Jarman, VIS Bids and Tender Manager, says VIS is gaining traction with large corporate clients.
“These relationships enable us to convey a better understanding around cultural awareness and the importance of corporate responsibility to provide opportunities and pathways for Indigenous people,” she says.
With expansion comes the added opportunity to increase funding and a greater ability to invest in the community.