Local businesses have the chance to be acknowledged and their successes celebrated as the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards applications open for 2018.
Each year, the ACT Export Awards recognises the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, large and small, in reaching new global markets.
The Export Awards operate as a two-tier process, with exporters first achieving ACT distinction through the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards program and then the winners progressing as national finalists.
As a finalist in the Australian Export Awards, ACT Award winners will be benchmarked against their peers across the country, with winners receiving national recognition for their international success.
Canberra Business Chamber CEO Robyn Hendry wants to strongly encourage businesses from Canberra, and the local Canberra region, to apply for the award.
“As the Territory’s most prestigious business award, businesses within the Canberra Region that export abroad are strongly encouraged to apply to showcase their local pride and receive national recognition,” Ms Hendry said.
“The landscape for businesses within the Canberra region is changing and developing. In August last year, we saw the first international export of perishable goods straight out of the Capital to Singapore.
“There’s the capability for even more organisations to use Canberra as an export hub, with our direct international flights to Singapore and Doha.”
Hailing from a wide range of industries including education, digital technologies, e-commerce, creative industries, and health and biotechnology, the ACT Export Awards has seen many strong local winners in the past, including Aspen Medical, Seeing Machines and IE Asia Pacific.
Entries are judged based on innovation of strategic marketing, export growth and ability to sustain the growth, sustainable competitive advantage, value and contribution of exporting to business expansion, and the overall company commitment to international business.
In 2018, entrants will be able to receive personalised assistance by attending Entrant Workshop and accessing an application review service, which aims to strengthen applications for national judging.
Key dates for the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards:
- 7 May 2018: Launch of the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards and entries open
- 30 July 2018: Entries to the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards and entries close
- 27 September 2018: 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards Ceremony
- 4 December 2018: 56th Australian Export Awards National Ceremony.
For more information about the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards including eligibility criteria, please visit: actexportawards.com.au/about/