Showpo, an international fashion business that started in an Australian garage, has been named NSW Exporter of the Year.
This great Australian success story, launched by young entrepreneur Jane Lu, now has 80 staff, exports to over 80 countries and has doubled international sales over the past year.
The e-commerce retailer was one of 19 NSW businesses recognised and celebrated for its outstanding success and contribution to the state’s economy at the Premier’s NSW Export Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Showpo also won the E-Commerce Award.
NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair presented the award to Jane Lu who started her international business five years ago out of her parents’ garage in Sydney.
Social Media has played a key role in Showpo's business strategy with over 1.4 million Instagram followers and 1.3 million Facebook followers among its target audience.
Showpo launched a 24-hour live chat feature in 2018 and is offering seven day a week customer service to grow its international markets in different time zones.
Burning ambition to succeed
“We’ve got export champions that have been awarded right across our economy – from our agribusiness, manufacturing, mining and defence sectors to health, digital technologies, education, creative industries and more,” said Mr Blair.
“They come from all walks of life and locations ranging from Sydney and Wollongong through to our regions of Riverina and North Coast with winners from Griffith and Byron Bay.
“What they all have in common is burning ambition to succeed backed by great ideas and a commitment to great businesses that support jobs and our economy.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a keynote address at the awards dinner and presented the Regional Exporter Award to Spell and The Gypsy Collective, a fashion and accessories label based at Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast.
“Acknowledging exporters is vital in building awareness of new market opportunities available to business owners,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Export Council of Australia (ECA) Alina Bain.
“These awards acknowledge the significant achievements that exporters have made to improving the State’s economic activity and boosting jobs,” Ms Bain said.
“We applaud the commitment and tenacity of NSW exporters. Their export success creates jobs across the State and has helped to put New South Wales and Australia on the global stage.
“Whether they are small or large, these businesses prove that they have what it takes to succeed on an increasingly competitive world stage.”
NSW exports to the world were valued at $82 billion last year, including $46 billion in goods exports and another $36 billion in services exports.
The NSW Government can assist companies wanting to export their products and services with its network of export advisors across the state including in Sydney, Gosford, Nowra, Orange, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective (Byron Bay) – fashion and accessories label.
Down Under Enterprises (Darlinghurst) - promotes Tea Tree Oil and native Australian ingredients to Personal, Home, Medicinal and Pet Care manufacturers.
Cover Genius (Sydney) – manages the insurance policy creation, dynamic pricing optimisation, customer intelligence, translations, and claims across global markets.
Health and Biotechnology
Nanosonics (Lane Cove) - improves the safety of patients, clinics, their staff, and the environment by transforming the way infection prevention practices are understood and conducted.
Animal Logic (Moore Park) – the production and delivery of design, animation, and VFX services for feature films (most recently Peter Rabbit and The Leggo Ninjago Movie)
Freelancer.com (Sydney) – the world's largest freelancing, crowdsourcing and local services marketplace
Calix (Pymble) – Australian technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges
Highly Commended: Ensitech (Emu Plains)
Showpo (Sydney) – Australian online fashion retailer
Education and Training
UOW Global Enterprises (Wollongong) – global provider of higher education
Highly Commended: GRC Solutions (Sydney)
RxMx Australia (Sydney) – medical solutions that enhance the safe use of medicines, optimising patient safety and delivering real-world efficiency in busy clinical settings
Flavourtech (Griffith) – designs, manufactures, services, and supports specialised food processing capital equipment for the food, beverage, dairy, flavour, and pharmaceutical industries
Minerals and Energy
Viper WRL (Prospect) – a speciality lubrication solutions provider servicing the heavy industrial, mining, marine, petrochemical and manufacturing markets
Small Business winner: SalDoce Fine Foods (Sydney) – develops and manufactures allergen sensitive, vegan and health foods
Premier’s NSW Exporter of the Year
NSW Asian Exporter
Corlette (Surry Hills) – highly strategic, design-led organisation specialising in luxury branding, wayfinding and signage
NSW Innovation in Export
Soprano Design (Macquarie Park) award-winning global software design firm
NSW International Development
Cochlear Ltd (Macquarie Park) - one of the leading Australian medical device manufacturers
NSW Women in International Business winner: Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Love To Dream™ (Waterloo) – babywear wholesaler and exporter
Western Sydney Exporter
ETP Ion Detect (Clyde) – leading manufacturer of product solutions for mass spectrometry
NSW Defence Industries
Quickstep Holdings Limited (Bankstown) – providing advanced composite manufacturing solutions to the global aerospace, defence, automotive and other advanced sectors. subsystems