Negotiating discounts and deals for small businesses are top priority for Ron Watts, who has commenced his role this week as General Manager, Sponsorship and Compliance, with Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA).
“BECA has a raft of sponsorship deals on the table and one of my first jobs will be working through the list and negotiating some valuable agreements on behalf of small businesses and the BEC network,” says Ron.
“While the parties at the table represent core products and services needed by small business people, I will be taking a strictly commercial approach to negotiations to ensure that the outcomes are meaningful to sole traders, small businesses and start ups alike.”
Ron’s role will also focus on systems and compliance as BECA prepares for its first full time CEO from June 1, 2010.
“Having been a member of the BECA board in various roles in the past, I look forward to helping it complete its governance review so that our systems can respond to opportunities and issues promptly, efficiently and transparently,” stresses Ron.
Ron Watts’ involvement in the BEC network began in 1996 when he became a board member of Northern Adelaide BEC in Elizabeth, South Australia. Until last month, he had served as either a board member, chairman or manager since NABEC’s inception.
NABEC won Best National Metropolitan BEC in 2007 and Ron won Best National BEC Manager in 2005. Under Ron’s guidance, NABEC has become a hub of best practice with staff sharing experiences and systems with other BECs.
Prior to BEC involvement, Ron established and ran his own business in the home and commercial building renovation sector.
“Over 28 years we managed to grow the business to employ 33 people and became involved with product importation, sales and distribution across Australia, Adelaide-based contracting activities, retail and wholesale product sales’” recalls Ron.
“It was a small family business that grew to an annual turnover of over 1 million dollars, and that is exactly the sort of progress and development that BECA stands for and strives for.”
Business Enterprise Centres Australia
BACKGROUND BEC AUSTRALIA INFORMATION FROM www.becaustralia.org.au
Business Enterprise Centres operate throughout all states and territories in Australia endeavouring to work with and on behalf of the micro and small business sectors.
BEC Australia Charter: -
BEC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary role is to support and grow the national network of Business Enterprise Centres and provide representation on behalf of its members to key stakeholders.
BEC Australia Vision:-
A nationwide network of Business Enterprise Centres that are recognised as the first and best point of contact for small business operators seeking quality business information, advice and guidance.
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