Sunshine Coast exporters up for State Awards
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018

Four Sunshine Coast businesses who have shown their prowess at exporting and helped to put our region on the export map have been named finalists in the 2018 Premier of Queensland Export Awards.

Aussie Red Crab, Walker Seafoods Australia, HeliMods and Typefi have joined the best of the best in the state alongside 38 other companies.

Aussie Red Crab is bidding to be named Regional Exporter of the Year, while Heidi Walker from Walker Seafoods is challenging for the Women in International Business award.

HeliMods and previous winner Typefi round out the local nominees under the innovation and Digital Technologies and Small Business categories.

Sunshine Coast Council is proud to be a bronze sponsor of the awards which showcase export success stories across 15 categories.

Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said the Sunshine Coast should be very proud of these four companies.

“They are putting the Sunshine Coast on the export map and increasing our national and international profile,” Cr Robinson said.

“This reputation will only grow with Sunshine Coast Airport being designated as Australia’s newest international airport.

“And with our recent announcement of the international broadband submarine cable, the next big Queensland export will be fast data from the Sunshine Coast as businesses access the fastest international data connection to Asia.”

Heidi Walker praised the region as a key ingredient to her business success.

“Having our business located on the Sunshine Coast has provided us with access to world class produce, and the opportunity to grow the business to what it is today,” Mrs Walker said.

“The infrastructure investment happening on the Sunshine Coast is going to support our business growth and will ensure the international connections both from a travel perspective and exporting capabilities, will be cutting edge.”

Typefi, founded on the Sunshine Coast in 2001 and now a global leader in automated publishing software, is nominated in two categories - Digital Technologies and Small Business.

“Our software gives clients the ability to take a single source document and automatically render it in their choice of over 30 formats for print, online and mobile in just minutes with 100% accuracy,” Typfi CEO Chandi Perera said.

“We’re very honoured to have been named as finalists in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards for the third year running.

 “Having the opportunity to build a global business from the Sunshine Coast is something most people would dream of.

 “The recent announcement of the international submarine cable coming right here to the Sunshine Coast gives us a lot of confidence in the future of the technology sector in our region.”

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards are coordinated by the Export Council of Australia on behalf of Trade and Investment Queensland.

The annual event acknowledges those Queensland businesses engaged in international trade, and rewards their dedication to being the best at what they do within the state and around the world.

Winners of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards automatically progress as national finalists to the Australian Export Awards.

The full list of finalists can be found at the Trade and Investment Queensland website, and winners will be revealed at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2018 Gala Awards Dinner at the Hilton Brisbane on October 11.