Applications open for NSW Export Awards

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Applications are now open for the 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards, which recognise and reward international business success.

Hosted by the Export Council of Australia (ECA) and supported by the NSW Government, the 56th annual awards were launched at the Sydney Start Up Hub earlier this month – a fitting venue to promote export innovation.

“The NSW Government is determined to help more businesses reach the global markets,” said Jonathan O'Dea, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier at the launch.

“We want to see your business shine on the global stage.”

Mr O’Dea said exporters provide a valuable boost to the NSW economy and should be recognised for their achievements.

Last year’s awards featured a record number of companies, with 82 finalists across 21 awards categories.

Inspiring story

At the launch, Jane Lu, founder & CEO of global online fashion success story Showpo, explained how she grew a multi-million-dollar e-commerce business from a humble start-up.

Ms Lu was recognised for her outstanding achievements last year with the prestigious 2017 NSW Women in International Business award.

Export Council CEO Alina Bain said: “It is an inspiring story and the eCommerce opportunity is one the awards program in 2018 will explore through its regional events, with upcoming locations in Griffith and Wollongong.”

“The Premier’s NSW Export Awards give exporters the opportunity to make their company and international business story known. The awards are also an acknowledgement of their contribution to NSW’s economic future,” Ms Bain added.Jane Lu5

New category

This year, the national program will include a new category: Emerging Exporter Award.

This award will be presented for outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector which has been exporting goods or services for three years or less.

“The awards program looks to celebrate international business success and innovation across NSW,” Ms Bain said.

“The ECA will be looking for diverse companies from every industry, location and size, companies both emerging and established are encouraged to apply.”

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

“The awards recognise this challenge and rewards those businesses taking it on.”

Apply now 

NSW companies engaged in international business are encouraged to apply for the program.

For more information:

Applications close on August 17.

Finalists will be notified in September, with winners to be announced at a prestigious awards presentation dinner on October 24 at The Star, Pyrmont in Sydney.

Winners in the National Award categories will go on to represent NSW at the Australian Export Awards National Ceremony in December.

For any enquiries on entering the awards, attending the Sydney launch event or the regional eCommerce events please contact Kristen Mulligan at: 

2018 National award categories: 

  • Agribusiness
  • Business Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Technologies
  • E-commerce
  • Education and Training
  • Emerging Exporter *NEW*
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Health and Biotechnology
  • Manufacturing
  • Minerals, Energy and Related Services
  • Regional Exporter
  • Small Business 

2018 NSW state specific award categories:

  • NSW Asian Exporter
  • NSW Innovation in Export
  • NSW International Development
  • NSW Women in International Business
  • Western Sydney Exporter
  • NSW Defence Industry

Jane Lu … international success story


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