Export industry members gathered at the National Museum of Australia to showcase the Territory’s internationally competitive business sector, recognise goods and services export excellence and celebrate Canberra’s most successful and innovative exporters at the 2022 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.
Canberra-based digital engineering solutions provider Nominal Systems took the top gong as ACT Exporter of the Year Award and the Advanced Technologies award category.
Virtual freelance communications agency Catch the Sun Communications took home the Creative Industries award, while mobile remittance service Rocket Remit won the E-Commerce award.
Biometrics company BixeLab won both the Emerging Exporter and Exporting Government Solutions awards, while cybersecurity company Teron Labs bagged the Professional Services category.
The Resources and Energy award went to security and software company Ardexa while racing information and technology company Racing and Sports claimed the Small Business category.
Racing and Sports CEO Stephen Crispe said the win affirmed the company’s current trajectory and success to date and its “contribution to Australia’s global standing as a leader in wagering technology and innovation sector”.
“It was a huge vote of support from the government that this business is a serious player, not just domestically, but also on a global stage,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful local success story operating in the Australian market. It is also a significant employer and a provider of innovation and technology to the growing global wagering, racing and sporting industry.
“We’ve pleasingly had rapid expansion into the UK where we now have a team of three working with several key and strategic clients; we are also looking to expand this team in the near future.
“Interestingly, as of FY2022, 54 per cent of our revenue originated from outside Australia, up from 41 per cent in FY2021. This is from international markets, including the UK, the US, Europe and parts of Asia.
“The business also has a strong ambition to expand its footprint further into the US market as that jurisdiction continues to evolve and mature.”
The Canberra Business Chamber (CBC) delivered the Awards in partnership with the ACT Government.
CBC CEO Graham Catt said the private sector provided more than 63 per cent of Canberra’s jobs, many of which were in local small and medium businesses.
“Our exporting businesses show us how Canberra SMEs can be world leaders in their industries and have adapted, innovated and changed their operating models over the past few years to create new opportunities in global markets,” he said.
Mr Catt said innovation was a common denominator among the Award finalists and played a crucial role in ACT’s export value proposition to the world.
“ACT is very much a services exporter so a lot of the companies we see at the Awards are exporting services, and that’s everything from cyber security to data management, space systems, copywriting and proof writing,” he said.
“Innovation is very much the driver of these companies. That’s why we consistently see that the companies that successfully export overseas are innovators across a whole range of fields.
“We must remember that innovation isn’t always the massive change or new invention – it’s often a good idea that meets a need and has a market, sometimes a niche market, and a company that can find that market in Australia or overseas.”
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr highlighted the vital contribution exporting businesses made to the Territory’s economy.
“Growing the Australian Capital Territory’s exports is critical to expanding and diversifying the Canberra economy, trade gradually normalising as we emerge from the global pandemic,” he said.
“As our government looks to rekindle international relationships and seize new opportunities for the Territory, award winners create a platform to showcase what Canberra has to offer to the world.”
The 2022 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards category winners were:
- Advanced Technologies: Nominal Systems
- Creative Industries: Catch the Sun Communications
- E-Commerce: Rocket Remit
- Emerging Exporter & Exporting Government Solutions: BixeLab Pty Ltd
- Professional Services: Teron Labs Pty Ltd
- Resources and Energy: Ardexa Pty Ltd
- Small Business: Racing and Sports Pty Ltd
- 2022 ACT Exporter of the Year: Nominal Systems.
All ACT winners will progress to the Australian Export Awards in November this year as national finalists in their categories.