Our story

Our story

"Et al" means "and others".

Although Ben Hughes founded Hughes et al in 2008, the strategy was never to build a company per se but rather help drive collaborative in network of clients, enablers and regional economic advocates to get better outcomes for regional Queensland.

Our corporate goals are to help regions proposer as a result of major project economic stimulus. We work on major projects in all sectors.

Whilst socially driven we are in no way naïve enough to think anything than a corporate agenda drives business, as such, our primary objective is commercial and focuses on either greenfield or brownfield Local Content projects

Most efficient Major Project Local Content practices means reduced commercial costs and risks resulting in increased regional economic returns and community dividends

Hughes et al provides a range of services to our clients both advisory and technical. We customise to meet each client need. We work with global projects, Government agencies and Economic Development bodies. Each of our services are tailored and every client is important to us.

We are Co-Founders of EconomX and www.localworkers.com.au and work in partnership with Strategenics

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In the stifling heat of the 2008 summer, a small group of optimists drove into Dalby in the Surat Basin of Queensland. The group’s intention was to assist economic development in regional towns and they had driven up the Warrego Highway to listen and hopefully develop new solutions to old challenges.

What we discovered was a region on the cusp of a once in a generation economic boom stimulated by a fledgling CSG industry that was intent on being a positive contributor to the economic and social fabric of the region.

From the beginning, we determined to play a meaningful role in the region’s onward economic and social development. Today, we are proud that we have successfully established ourselves as designers of industry Local Content strategies for numerous major projects and positive contributors to the shared responsibility of Local Content.

We use what we have learned to design strategies that optimise returns from their construction and operational investment whilst also identifying and alleviating challenges and risks, financial and strategic, anticipated and unforeseen.

Having now successfully implemented numerous Local Content strategies for major projects we enjoy a position of trust with a complex network of senior stakeholders and we’re proud of a reputation built on absolute integrity and transparency. The experience and knowledge we first developed in the Surat Basin is applicable across the State and has meant we have broadened our geographical scope and are now requested to work on projects across Queensland and Interstate.

Because we understand and respect the complexities of operating in regional communities, we’re able to minimise risks and maximise returns and we do it while keeping the community informed, involved and enthusiastic.

We consider ourselves invested – as a business and as people – in delivering positive outcomes for the communities in which we operate.