Office supplies making an impact
- 3 February 2020 10:08AM
Impact Office Supplies was recognised at the Buy Queensland Supplier Awards 2019 for putting Queenslanders first, with a demonstrated commitment to supporting people with disability and the long-term unemployed.
With the office supplies industry dominated by large multi-national companies, Impact Office Supplies identified an opportunity to prioritise local and social benefits. This includes providing jobs for Queenslanders. Selling a vast range of office supplies, from pens to power supplies, the business has recently been successful in achieving supplier status for the Queensland Government.
Impact Office Supplies has been mindful of addressing long-term unemployment, actively partnering with an employment agency that supports disadvantaged Queenslanders and people with disability. This has enabled the business to offer meaningful work and training opportunities for locals, including providing full-time employment.
As a family-owned business, Impact Office Supplies prides itself on a ‘can do’ attitude for customers, and this has also translated into how it responds to locals’ employment needs. When Colin – a long-term unemployed Indigenous Queenslander – knocked on their door in 2016, they gave him a chance. Colin is still a key member of their team today.
Established 16 years ago with only a handful of employees, the 100% Queensland-owned business has become the largest independent business-to-business office supplies company in the state. Employing nearly 70 Queenslanders, Impact Office Supplies now has offices and warehouses in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Impact Office Supplies won the Putting Queenslanders First Award 2019, City Category at the 2019 Buy Queensland Supplier Awards. This award recognises suppliers to the Queensland Government that contribute to genuine, quality and ongoing jobs for Queenslanders. The accolades kept coming, with the business also taking home a Highly Commended for this award in the Medium or Large Business Category.
To find out more about the Buy Queensland Supplier Awards, contact BuyQueenslandEvents@hpw.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3215 3572.