ACT businesses succeeding on the world stage will be recognised by the Chief Minister’s Export Awards, which were launched on Tuesday.
“Canberra region businesses have demonstrated there is strong demand from overseas markets for their products and services,” Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry said.
“For a region of our size, the private sector punches above its weight when it comes to exporting.”
She said the awards would provide a forum to celebrate these achievements and for local businesses to receive support and advice from export professionals and make new connections.
Applications are now open in the following categories:
- exporting government solutions
- exporting to Asia
- emerging exporter category
- business services
- creative industries
- education and training
- health and biotechnology
- information and communication technology
- online sales
- small business
Jenny Mckie, whose iStimulate last year won the education and training category, urged other local businesses to enter the awards to forge strong networks with like-minded companies.
“Winning the award provided us with the insight and capacity to trust our convictions to continue and expand,” she said.
iSimulate has developed iPad simulation technology to assist in the delivery of advanced life support training to the medical field without the cost of expensive equipment. This technology enhances training by providing practical experience through simulated medical scenarios.
It decided to enter the awards to improve its ability to market its services both in Australia and internationally. The support provided through the Export Awards has helped iSimulate continue to work towards this goal and it has now significantly increased its presence in the United States market.
“The application process alone is valuable for businesses,” Mckie said. “For us, it was an opportunity to stop and think about our business and the way forward.”
Hendry also encouraged local businesses to apply for the awards.
“The goods and services produced locally can not only compete, but shine, internationally,” she said.
“A recent example is HMAS Canberra seeking out local food and wine products to serve at its major events. HMAS Canberra crew not only wanted to showcase the region’s produce, but ensure its guests are treated to some of the best our country has to offer.
“Being part of the export awards can help a business increase their brand awareness and generate marketing opportunities.
“ACT winners go on to compete at the Australian export awards. As a finalist in these awards, their business is included in Austrade publicity and marketing material, there are networking and educational opportunities and, of course, they can promote their success to existing and potential customers.”