The Minister for Economic Development, David O’Byrne, today urged local exporters to apply for the 2011 Tasmanian Export Awards.
The awards recognise the important contribution exporters make to the Tasmanian economy, and applications officially opened yesterday.
“We need to celebrate and encourage the good things Tasmania exporters are doing, as they strive to get a competitive advantage on the world stage,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Export growth is largely being driven by a rebound in key Asian markets, and strong demand for our mineral resources.
“The innovation and hard work our exporters also plays a massive role, and it’s important to honour that with these awards,” he said.
In the 12 months to February 2011, Tasmanian businesses exported goods and services worth $3.22 million. That’s an increase of 7.7% on the same period last year.
The award winners will qualify as finalists for the Australian Export Awards program.
In 2010, Pivot Maritime International went on win the Services Award at the Australian Export Awards in Sydney.
It was the second success for Pivot Maritime, which also won the same award in 2009.
There are seven categories in the 2011 Tasmanian Export Awards:
- Agribusiness Award
- Information and Communications Technology Award
- Small Business Award
- Manufacturing Award
- Services Award
- Emerging Export Award
- Regional Exporter of the Year Award
“The sponsors this year include Austrade, AusIndustry, Tasports, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation and the Examiner Newspaper,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“I want to thank and congratulate them all for helping to support our exporters, and hopefully inspiring other Tasmanian businesses to look for new markets further afield,” he said.
Applications close on August 25th, 2011.
Award winners will be announced at a dinner at Wrest Point in Hobart on October 14th, 2011, with national winners announced in late November 2011.
FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.exportawards.gov.au