Time is running out to apply for the NSW Export Awards for 2012. This year we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the NSW Export Awards program. Over the last 50 years over 324 NSW companies have been recognised for their international achievements, many of whom started off in Emerging Exporter and Small Business award categories and are now major international brands. Maintaining international sales in the current environment is not easy, yet many exporting companies have continued to deliver strong export results and this is what we would like to acknowledge at the awards this year. This year the NSW Export Awards is about highlighting companies that have shown a commitment and determination to export and who, against adversity, seek new ways to compete in the international market. Now more than ever, we realise how important recognising success remains and this is why we encourage you to consider nominating your company for an award this year. • Access the online application site by clicking here. Why enter? RECOGNITION: When the Export Awards recognises your company, it gives you the chance to tell the world of your success. Recognition is important, and winning an Export Award is instant recognition. Winning an export award can assist you in growing your business into overseas markets, as the award is a stamp of approval. REWARD: Excellence in export is never a result of one person’s hard work; it’s the work of a team. Taking your staff to the Export Awards provides an excellent opportunity to reward them for all their hard work throughout the year, while showing them what to strive for next year- unless your company is the winner, in which case relax, you’re the best! REVIEW: Valuable time spent on the Export Awards application is also time spent updating your business plan. All successful companies review their business plans on a regular basis. The Export Awards provide a perfect reason for reviewing your strategies, plans and finances, while at the same time preparing an entry to the awards. RESULTS: Business prefers dealing with sound reputable companies. By entering or winning a prestigious export award, you command instant respect. Put the Export Awards symbol on your business cards, letterhead and brochures to communicate your success to your international clients.