Sunshine Coast small business snares big export prize
  • Wednesday 30 November 2016

Maroochydore-based business Typefi has again been recognised for its sterling export performances, this time on a national scale.

The world-leading provider of single-source automated publishing software won the Small Business Exporter of the Year award at the 54th Australian Export Awards.

Typefi CEO Chandi Perera said it was a tremendous honour to receive the award, just weeks after winning the Small Business Award at the Premier of Queensland’s 2016 Export Awards and the Sunshine Coast Business Award for excellence in Export.

“It speaks volumes about the quality of our products and services and the expertise and professionalism of our team members around the world,” Mr Perera said.

“Typefi has always recognised that its best opportunities for growth lie in export revenues and this has been at the core of Typefi’s success over the past decade.

“If you have a world-leading product and great services, it becomes much easier to export the product. The quality of the product and service will help you punch above your weight globally.

“Typefi is currently undergoing rapid growth—increasing revenue by 40.6% in the 2015/16 financial year. With 90% of that revenue coming from overseas, we’re firmly committed to increasing our market share in both established and previously unexplored international markets.”

“After winning the 2016 National Export Award for Small Business, the 2016 Premier of Queensland’s Small Business Export Award, and the 2016 Sunshine Coast Business Award for Excellence in Export, we’ve been inundated with enquiries from people who want to know more about what Typefi is and why it’s so impressive.

“I will host an online introduction to Typefi at 1pm AEDT on Thursday, 8 December 2016 and encourage all business owners and representatives to join in.”

For more information about the December 8 webinar and to register, visit or click here.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Typefi’s exporting success highlighted the great business environment and opportunities that exist on the Sunshine Coast. 

“The Sunshine Coast is rapidly becoming one of Australia’s leading city regions, providing an outstanding location for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“For the third time in four years the Sunshine Coast has been named as one of the world’s Smart 21 Communities for applying digital technology to deliver economic opportunities that lead to jobs, investment and social development.

“Major companies like Youii, Auto & General have recognised these great opportunities that exist in our region by expanding their operations here, while locally-based business like Helimods, Country Chef, Co-Yo and many others continue to grow and prosper on the Sunshine Coast.

“So it’s wonderful to see Typefi, who started here in 2001, also achieving great things locally, nationally and internationally. The success of these companies is living proof that we are one of the strongest performing regional economies in Queensland, with the highest levels of business confidence and a record decline in unemployment to below that of Queensland.

“Exporting is one of the keys to future economic prosperity on the Sunshine Coast and our Regional Economic Development Strategy aims for 20% of locally produced goods and services to be available for export by 2033.

“To help drive this into action, council provides export programs, networking events and a LinkedIn group that provide local businesses with coaching, hands-on experience and connections to people who can help them enter the export market with confidence.

“There really is not better place to be at this time than the Sunshine Coast for an entrepreneurial and innovative business, with game-changer projects like the Maroochydore City Centre currently being developed at Maroochydore, the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (which will open in April) and the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion project cleared to proceed.

“Our economic blue print will continue to drive the performance of the Sunshine Coast economy and encourage major businesses to invest in our region."