Get local help applying for government grants and tenders


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Robyn Jarram from Symbiotic Enterprising wants to see more Douglas businesses successfully access funding and contracts. Image: Karlie Brady.
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In these tough times, successfully applying for grants and tenders can make a world of difference for small businesses, however, writing the application can be time-consuming and difficult to get right.

Robyn Jarram, principal and founder of Symbiotic Enterprising, has over 25 years of experience in business writing and said she wants to see more Douglas businesses successfully access funding and contracts, keeping more money in the Douglas Shire.

“There will be a lot of grant funding opportunities available for small businesses to support them through this difficult time,” she said.

“And the Douglas Shire Council along with the Federal and State Governments will be asking businesses to tender for work to help stimulate our economy and to keep people employed.

“I’m here to help our community win as much of that as possible. Winning tenders and government funding will bring dollars into our community to prop up our local economy and ultimately benefit Douglas Shire individuals and families.”

Robyn started her consultancy business, Symbiotic Enterprising, 17 years ago in Melbourne, before relocating to Mossman, and currently provides services to organisations all over Australia.

“I deliver tender writing, grant writing and other business writing services such as management plans, staff profiles, website content, services plans, procedures and much more and I’m about to start writing Covid Safe Plans too.”

Robyn’s clients range from small local businesses to multinationals across sectors as diverse as construction, facilities maintenance services, education, asset maintenance, health, defence, corrections, hospitality, social services, mining, tourism, and sport.

Robyn has worked on tenders ranging in value from $100,000 up to $6 billion, and locally her tender writing work has contributed to over $15 million worth of small business growth in the Douglas Shire in the past five years, including winning contracts for local businesses to provide services to the Douglas Shire Council, Cairns Council and Townsville City Council. 

“Although my tender writing work is my core offering, I also assist local community groups to obtain government funding. My work in the grant writing space has resulted in over $2 million of government funding being distributed to not-for-profit community groups in the Douglas Shire,” she said.

“It's disheartening when I hear about non-local businesses delivering services to Council. I'm absolutely intent on ensuring our local businesses have every opportunity to supply our Council as well as other Councils throughout Queensland wherever possible.”

Robyn said government documents and applications can often be difficult to interpret.

“They are often complex and include lots of legal jargon which causes frustration and confusion amongst inexperienced tenderers. Engaging a professional tender writer takes the pain away and enables companies to focus on their core function.

“It's critical to interpret the question properly and then to answer it in an engaging way using tangible examples. This can make the difference between winning and losing.

“The Douglas Shire is full of wonderful small businesses that provide exceptional and highly professional services that are comparable in quality to the services being delivered by large corporate entities. We are so lucky to have some very talented and capable business people and companies in our Shire,” she said.

If you need help writing your tender, grant application or other business documentation contact Robyn on 0401 631 161, email her at robynsymbioticenterprising.comau or visit Symbiotic Enterprising

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