SUPERGP REVS UP LOCAL BUSINESS
Over 1100 employees from more than 70 companies will band together over the coming months in preparation for the 2009 SuperGP, October 22-25.
Injecting over $60 million into the Queensland economy each year, SuperGP spectators spend approximately $46 million on accommodation, restaurants and cafes as well as the retail and entertainment industries each year while generating 173,000 visitor nights.
However without the efforts of the event's hard-working contracted suppliers, over 70 of which come from Queensland, the event wouldn't be here year after year for the crowds to enjoy.
Queensland Minister for Sport Phil Reeves said the SuperGP plays a valuable part in what are tight financial times for the entire country.
"In these times of financial crisis events such as the SuperGP who employ so many Australian businesses, and in particular Queensland businesses, are vital to the health of the local economy," said Reeves.
"I am proud to be associated with such an event, which is ensuring that local businesses are able to survive and prosper through long-standing relationships to bring this amazing event that injects over $60 million into the local area each year.
"The SuperGP will be a win for sports fans, great for jobs and great for the economy," he said.
Many of those local businesses have been associated with the event for long periods of time, with some even able to boast relationships beginning in the very first year of the event back in 1991 as they gear up for the 19th running of the event.
Gold Coast based Event Elec Events is one such company, and has grown from a small business to a major supplier to Australia's biggest events, through its association with the SuperGP supplying temporary electrical solutions.
Event Elec Events Managing Director James Neilsen said he had been involved with the Gold Coast event since its first year when he was an apprentice with the company and since then has seen the company grow to be a national supplier of major event services.
"I have been at every SuperGP event since the first when I was an apprentice (for what was then Livermore Electrics) and since then the company has grown to supply major events all over Australia from Tasmania to Townsville," said Neilsen.
"I am lucky to be able to say that the company and I have grown as the event has grown, I regard that first event in 1991 as my start in the industry that I love and it has been a pleasure to be involved every year since."
Another company that has grown with Queensland's premier sporting event is TFH Temporary Fence Hire, which started out on the Gold Coast before being forced to relocate its headquarters to Kingston (Logan City) to cope with the growing demands of the business.
TFH General Manager Brett Thomas said the company quickly expanded from its first Gold Coast branch to areas such as the Sunshine Coast and Sydney before growing even further to have branches in most capital cities, with a total of 29 branches now in operation nationally.
"We work with a large amount of national events, including the Big Day Out, Summerfield Days, the Bathurst 1000 and State New Years Eve celebrations, but our largest annual event is the Gold Coast motor racing carnival which we have been proudly associated with for the past 11 years," said Thomas.
"Our on-going relationship with the event has always been very successful for us and contributes significantly to our annual turnover and steady growth rate of around 22% - it is certainly an arrangement that I look forward to continuing for many years to come."
Moreton Hire has been the official Temporary Structure & Furniture Supplier since the events conception on the Gold Coast and are looking forward to this years SuperGP, and will be responsible for the events corporate hospitality and support facilities during the four day event.
Moreton Hire Event Director Elissa Gordon said being a part of the SuperGP is an exciting undertaking that will see over 30 dedicated staff working on the installation for over 5 weeks in order to build the infrastructure required to host the event.
"In total Moreton Hire will install over 10,000 square meters of corporate and facility tenting, around 15,000 table settings for the corporate areas, more than 40 semi trailer loads of equipment which will then be dismantled within 6 days post the event. This is what can be achieved with our turn-key project management and 40 years of experience to pull it all together," said Gordon.
"We have been a part of the event for the last 19 years and it is a real marquee event in our 40 years of operation."
The 2009 SuperGP will host Event 11 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series and the first round of the 2009/10 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.