Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has urged NSW exporters to seek recognition for their hard work by entering the 2015 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

In 2013-14, NSW goods and services exports generated $59.9 billion in revenue (or 12.2 per cent of gross state product). NSW merchandise exports were valued at $36.6 billion and service exports at $23.3 billion.

“Our exporters make a significant contribution to the State economy and with Australia recently securing free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, we expect to see more export opportunities open up,” Mr Ayres said.

“Many businesses in our State are already taking their world-class products and services to a range of overseas markets and we want to grow our export capacity.”

The NSW Government supports exporters through a range of initiatives including the Export Capability Building program and by providing a network of export advisers across the State.

The Premier’s NSW Export Awards are open to all NSW exporters regardless of size. National award categories include agribusiness, creative industries, business services, manufacturing, online sales, small business and information and communication technology.

The NSW-specific categories include the new award of NSW Women in International Business, recognising the growing number of women in leadership roles in businesses that export.

Previous Export Award winners include Rode Microphones, the Wiggles and SunRice.

NSW Trade & Investment is the major sponsor of the awards.

The winners of the NSW Export Awards will be announced in Sydney on October 28.

The 2015 Premier’s NSW Export Awards are managed by the Export Council of Australia. Entries close on August 14. For more information go to www.export.org.au


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