About Us

Cultivating SEQ's Food, Agribusiness and Tourism Future

Our History

In 2019, Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce established a network to help progress the interests of the Food and Agribusiness sector in the Ipswich and surrounding regions. Since its inception, the network has grown and the scope of the group expanded to include tourism, a sector which relies on collaboration with and between tourism operators and the food and agribusiness sectors. To progress this organisation, the decision was made at a meeting of the Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce to incorporate this association (formerly known as Ipswich Region Food and Agribusiness Network) so that it could develop the resources and connections required to further enhance these industries. This association was incorporated on 4th April 2023 under the name Connect & Grow SEQ Inc.

Our History

In 2019, Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce established a network to help progress the interests of the Food and Agribusiness sector in the Ipswich and surrounding regions. Since its inception, the network has grown and the scope of the group expanded to include tourism, a sector which relies on collaboration with and between tourism operators and the food and agribusiness sectors. To progress this organisation, the decision was made at a meeting of the Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce to incorporate this association (formerly known as Ipswich Region Food and Agribusiness Network) so that it could develop the resources and connections required to further enhance these industries. This association was incorporated on 4th April 2023 under the name Connect & Grow SEQ Inc.

Our Purpose

Connect & Grow SEQ Inc. is dedicated to fostering localised and sustainable partnerships that enhance the fluidity and resilience of the supply chain within South East Queensland’s food, agriculture, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Our core purpose is to knit a tight network of businesses, producers, and service providers, creating a cohesive ecosystem that supports efficient, sustainable, and mutually beneficial exchanges. By strengthening these connections, we aim to improve the direct supply chain efficiency and contribute to the regional economy’s vibrancy and sustainability.

Our Purpose

Connect & Grow SEQ Inc. is dedicated to fostering localised and sustainable partnerships that enhance the fluidity and resilience of the supply chain within South East Queensland’s food, agriculture, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Our core purpose is to knit a tight network of businesses, producers, and service providers, creating a cohesive ecosystem that supports efficient, sustainable, and mutually beneficial exchanges. By strengthening these connections, we aim to improve the direct supply chain efficiency and contribute to the regional economy’s vibrancy and sustainability.

Our Industries

In SEQ, we prioritise food, agribusiness, and tourism, which are vital areas driving our region’s economic and cultural prosperity.

Within the busy landscape of South East Queensland, our focus spans three pivotal sectors: Food, Agribusiness, and Tourism. Each distinct yet interconnected area forms the backbone of our regional economy. In Food, we celebrate culinary innovation and local produce; Agribusiness is where sustainability meets productivity, ensuring our region thrives; and Tourism showcases our breathtaking locales and cultural richness. Together, these sectors represent our commitment to nurturing growth, fostering community, and promoting the unique offerings of SEQ to the world.

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Food

Immerse yourself in SEQ's food sector, where local flavours and innovative culinary practices combine to create unforgettable experiences.

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Agribusiness

Discover the backbone of SEQ's economy in our agriculture sector, fostering sustainable practices for a greener tomorrow.

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Tourism

Explore the dynamic tourism landscape of SEQ, offering unique experiences that connect visitors with our rich cultural and natural heritage.

Our People

Phillip Bell

President

David Wiltshire

Senior Vice President

Steve Harling

Treasurer / Secretary

Kit Philp

CEO

Tina Maunder

Office Manager

Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities

Connect and Grow SEQ champions business and community progression within the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim regions and surroundings areas. With a keen focus on cultivating partnerships, Connect and Grow SEQ collaborates with entities that enhance our network, mirror our ethical standards, and contribute positively to the regional business landscape.

Engaging with us presents partners with opportunities to connect with our members, forge relationships with key business leaders, and amplify their company’s visibility. We offer a variety of pathways for initiating your partnership with Connect and Grow SEQ, all designed to facilitate mutual growth and development.

Connect, Collaborate, and Grow​

Through collaboration and strategic partnerships, Connect & Grow SEQ Inc is committed to building a future where local food, agribusiness and tourism industry thrive together, supporting a more resilient and prosperous community.