Message Stick to partner with BT for unified communications solutions in Australia
BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, today announced that Message Stick, a niche technology service provider which promotes Indigenous Australia’s engagement with Australian and global business, will resell BT’s conferencing and collaboration services to its end customers in Australia.
As part of the three year contract, Message Stick’s customers will now have access to high-quality audio and web conferencing services. BT and Message Stick also look forward to working together to offer the wider, integrated BT One portfolio of unified communications solutions, currently delivered to global corporations and government organisations by BT.
Michael McLeod, CEO, Message Stick said: “BT has an impressive track record in supporting Indigenous initiatives and businesses across the globe and we are pleased to join hands. Our commercial partnership will help us provide world class conferencing services to our customers at competitive pricing and introduce a majority of them to the ubiquitous world of video services”
Ben Hobby, General Manager, BT Conferencing, Asia Pacific said: “We are proud to support Message Stick to promote understanding and awareness of the Australian Indigenous community to non-indigenous Australian businesses, with the goal of connecting for a better future. Our approach focusses on a superior quality of service, while bringing Message Stick and its customers the latest in collaboration innovation to help drive productivity and reduce business costs. We are delighted with the partnership and confident that together we will assist Australian businesses and Indigenous communities to transform.”
About Message Stick
Message Stick is a unique business in that it is owned by Aboriginal Australians. The company was started nine years ago to show that Aboriginal Australians can own and manage a business that engages with large corporations and Government agencies. The business does not seek any sponsorship, donations or social grants whatsoever. They seek only the opportunity to prove themselves and to be treated as worthy business partners.
The principals of Message Stick believe that business ownership, asset ownership, wealth creation and personal accountability are the key features for ending poverty and welfare dependency of Indigenous Australians. Most Indigenous Australians who have a dream to own their own business would not have the confidence to approach corporate Australia and ask for business opportunities. Michael McLeod and his Message Stick business model are trying to show that corporate Australia will give Aboriginal business a fair hearing.
Message Sticks customers include Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Leighton, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Gilbert + Tobin, BUPA, Allens Linklaters, Qantas, Accor Hotels, Clayton Utz, Salmat, Compass Group, Staples and Johnson & Johnson. Michael is particularly proud of his numerous NSW state and Federal Government customers who include Prime Ministers and Cabinet, FaHCSIA, AusAID, IBA, DRALGAS and Reconciliation Australia.