NSW export excellence on show

13 September 2018

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer Jonathan O’Dea MP at Korea-NSW business forum.

The NSW Government and principal partner The Export Council of Australia (ECA) have announced the finalists of the 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Jonathan O'Dea MP, said the awards showcase the strength, diversity and quality of the business talent in the State.

"Businesses that export are more profitable, more productive, and have stronger growth prospects.

"NSW exports of goods and services totalled $83 billion last year but we can do better.

"The NSW Government has committed significant resources to give a leg up to the businesses in our State that want to reap the fruits of selling to markets around the world." 

A record number 88 finalists across 19 awards categories were received this year and 33 of those are first time applicants.

ECA Chief Executive Officer Alina Bain said The Export Awards celebrate NSW business excellence in international trade and recognise exporters’ contribution to the NSW economy.

“The awards also give exporters the opportunity to make their company and international business story known.

“The high number of applicants, which includes the high number of first time applicants, demonstrates the strength of NSW exporters and the collaborative approach by the New South Wales Government, the ECA and our partners to focus on exporters and to celebrate their success.”

Applicants represent a range of industries including agribusiness, business services, creative industries, digital technologies, health and bio tech, e-commerce, education and training, manufacturing and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services.

“The international business landscape in NSW encompasses many companies working tirelessly to compete on the global stage,” Ms Bain said.

“NSW’s exporters succeed through persistence and a recognition that Australia’s industry has much value to add for international customers.”

The winners will be announced at a prestigious Awards Gala dinner on 24 October at the Star in Pyrmont. This year’s Gala Dinner with be Indian themed in recognition of the focus on India by the NSW Government for exporters and the enormous opportunities in that market for exporters from a range of sectors.

Winners in the National Award categories will represent NSW at the Australian Export Awards National Ceremony on 27 November 2018.

The 2018 Premier of NSW Export Awards finalists can be viewed at this weblink.