September 2020

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Business migrants invest $306m in Queensland

Eighty-six business migrants have invested $306 million and created 306 jobs in Queensland in the past 4 years, according to data gathered by TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team.

Eighty-six business migrants have invested $306 million and created 306 jobs in Queensland in the past 4 years, according to data gathered by TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team.

BSMQ’s survey of business migrants nominated for permanent residency in 2019–20 shows that each has transferred an average of $3.5 million since arriving in Queensland on a provisional visa.

Business migrant Jerry Bezuidenhout emigrated from South Africa to Queensland in 2016 with his wife Karin, purchasing Kelwin Coastal Carpets at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.

At the time the business employed 3 people, but in the 4 years since then the couple have grown it to employ 6 full-time staff and around 20 local subcontractors, as well purchasing from many local suppliers.

Mr Bezuidenhout, who ran a small construction business in South Africa, said the area’s natural beauty initially drew them to Queensland and the government support had been a bonus.

‘The Sunshine Coast is an incredibly beautiful area with a laidback lifestyle but still a lot happening.

‘And the government support has been absolutely fantastic. If we want information, it’s available, if we want assistance, it’s available – we really feel that the government is working with us to achieve something.’

TIQ Acting CEO Richard Watson said business migrants were a welcome part of Queensland’s economic success story and another asset in the state’s recovery from COVID-19.

‘Last financial year we nominated 86 business migrants for the permanent residency stage of their business visas, including 34 who’ve settled in areas outside of Brisbane,’ he said.

‘Between them they’ve invested $306 million in their businesses, homes and other investments, and directly created 120 full-time and 186 part-time jobs.

‘They’ve also established enterprises in a wide range of sectors, including retail, construction, and accommodation and food services.

‘To be nominated for their original provisional (innovation) visa, they committed to transferring at least $800,000, but we can see from these figures that they’ve actually brought far greater sums, along with their entrepreneurial and community spirit.’

Mr Bezuidenhout said he and his wife were happy they could contribute to Queensland after being nominated as business migrants.

‘The Queensland Government is placing trust in us – to support us and, in return, we will grow the business and contribute here,’ he said.

‘It’s nice to be able to give back out of what you do.

‘It’s benefiting the business and the community and the people around us, so it’s a win-win. We’re very grateful for that.’

The business migrants surveyed were assessed and initially nominated for migration to Queensland by BSMQ under the Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa 2 or more years ago.

In 2019–20, they were nominated by BSMQ to transition to the Subclass 888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa and will be permanent Queensland residents once this visa is granted.

For further information visit: www.migration.qld.gov.au

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Right time for Oz execs to become ‘Asia-capable’

Despite current economic shocks, Asia will continue to be a key driver of global growth – so now is the perfect time for more Australian business leaders to become ‘Asia-capable’. These are 2 of the key messages in a landmark new report Winning in Asia: Creating long-term value, launched last month by Asialink Business – the National Centre for Asia Capability and their project partners.

Despite current economic shocks, Asia will continue to be a key driver of global growth – so now is the perfect time for more Australian business leaders to become ‘Asia-capable’.

These are 2 of the key messages in a landmark new report Winning in Asia: Creating long-term value, launched last month by Asialink Business– the National Centre for Asia Capability and its project partners.

Based on 300,000 data points of analysis and more than 250 consultations over 2 years, the report answers a range of critical questions, including what capabilities Australian boards and executives need to help their companies succeed in Asia; whether Asian expansion benefits Australian shareholders; and which Australian companies have succeeded in Asia – and why.

It found that the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 42% of all foreign revenues earned by ASX 200 companies, and that Australia’s internationally diversified companies tend to outperform those with a solely domestic focus.

While the report found no ‘one size fits all’ answer for Asian success, it does identify 14 strategies for winning in Asia, along with a need for long-term investment and empowered teams on the ground.

It also found room for improvement in terms of ensuring the leaders of Australian companies are properly equipped to take full advantage of Asian opportunities.

Building on previous research, the ‘Match Fit 2.0’ section of the report found that only 7% of 1,705 ASX 200 board members and senior executives reviewed would qualify as ‘Asia-capable’.

On the other hand, the research did also find that most of the leaders reviewed had worked for companies that export goods and services internationally, and were strongest in their knowledge of Asian markets. They scored less well on their ability to adapt to Asian cultural contexts.

Speaking at the report launch, Asialink Business CEO Mukund Narayanamurti said that, despite COVID-19, Asia would remain the key driver of future global economic growth, and Australian companies needed to shape their strategies accordingly.

‘The report provides fresh, evidence-based analysis that makes a compelling case for why our largest companies should increase their exposure to Asian markets,’ he said.

The virtual launch also featured insights from report authors and senior business leaders, and attracted an audience of almost 1,000 from Australia and across the region.

Asialink Business partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and The Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation.

You can download the report here.

TIQ is a proud supporter of Asialink Business. If you’re interested in exporting to Asia, connect with TIQ today.

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COVID-19 no barrier to Travello tourism boost

Queensland technology company Travello has teamed up with tourism industry organisations to encourage locals to holiday at home like international travellers despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Queensland technology company Travello has teamed up with tourism industry organisations to encourage locals to holiday at home like international travellers.

The Travello app usually finds its main markets among digital-savvy travellers and with tourism businesses who list their experiences through the app for free.

Both of these markets took a major hit with the advent of COVID-19, but the resourceful team at Travello swiftly pivoted to find a new niche and support tourism recovery.

The Brisbane firm recently announced a partnership with Flight Centre and is working with tourism industry bodies across Australia and around the world to help boost domestic tourism.

Travello Head of Sales and Partnerships Josh Wicks said pivoting to promote domestic travel experiences to locals was a big step for the company.

‘The new partnership with Flight Centre is one of our biggest so far and it will open up a significant range of tours, activities and attractions to their 2+ million Australian customers,’ Mr Wicks said.

‘Our wider domestic focus has included working hand-in-glove with destination organisations like Tourism and Events Queensland and globally with Visit Dubai on their post-COVID-19 recoveries.

‘We’re very much pushing the message that Aussies need to go out and travel like they’re an international traveller, which means booking those extra experiences like reef tours and cultural experiences like they would if they were overseas.

‘At the end of the day, the bulk of the tourism industry in Australia are operators selling experiences, and it’s those “mum and dad” operators who are hurting most.’

The Travello app offers a social networking experience focused on travel, with a news feed similar to Instagram that users scroll through to discover and book travel experiences and connect with fellow travellers.

The app currently has users in over 180 countries, and experienced an upsurge when lockdowns began in February this year, as people turned to virtual travel to escape real-world restrictions.

Mr Wicks said the boom in user numbers and engagement that began when the pandemic first emerged was showing no signs of slowing down.

‘We’re still getting double-digit user number growth month-on-month, but the craziest thing is we’re also getting 100% month-on-month growth for user-generated posts within the app,’ he said.

Mr Wicks said TIQ had worked with Travello during the pandemic to explore opportunities to enter new international markets.

‘Most recently, the TIQ Europe team connected us with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and we’re now collaborating on recovery strategies for tourism industries in several Commonwealth countries,’ he said.

‘For us as a tech company who are committed to innovating, it’s pretty cool and rewarding that we can take our learnings far beyond Australia to other Commonwealth nations as well.’

Travello is proud to join TIQ’s #SupportQLDExport campaign to celebrate exporters who have been succeeding globally and locally, showing resilience, adaptability and dedication over the past year.

Learn more about the campaign and share your #SupportQLDExport story.

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Top exporters among latest #eatqld champions

Seafood exporter Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs and beef exporter Nolan Meats have been named #eatqld Champions.

Seafood exporter Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs and beef exporter Nolan Meats have been named #eatqld Champions.

The 2 regional TIQ clients were among 6 new champions named to help promote Queensland produce to Queenslanders.

The champions are part of the Queensland Government’s #eatqld campaign, designed to encourage Queenslanders to eat local and support local agricultural jobs.

Mooloolaba-based Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs received #eatqld champion status in recognition of the company being the world’s largest spanner crab exporter.

Owner Les Apps said the award aligned with the company’s commitment to excellence and sustainability.

‘Our company philosophy is that everyone involved in the spanner crab fishery supply chain, from deckhand through to processing worker, are fairly rewarded for their work so that only the best quality crab is caught and sold under the Fraser Isle Spanner Crab brand,’ Mr Apps said.

‘Our commitment to social responsibility is underpinned by our determination to protect and maintain the marine environment surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

‘By integrating sustainable business and environmental practices, we are working to ensure that the world can enjoy the distinctive and delicious flavours of Fraser Isle Spanner Crab for many years to come.’

Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs has previously joined TIQ showcases to promote their produce to international buyers.

Nolan Meats Director Terry Nolan was also named an #eatqld Champion in recognition of his family’s more than 60 years of service to the beef industry and Gympie community.

Mr Nolan’s family founded the major meat exporter as a small retail butchery business in Gympie in 1958 and it has since grown to become Gympie’s largest private employer.

‘I am one small part in our family business that was formed by my father Pat and late mother Marie and the load is now shared with my brothers Michael and Terry,’ Mr Nolan said.

‘Nolan Meats’ fundamental principle is to take every opportunity to be innovative and to promote the benefits of Queensland-grown beef and produce.

‘To be named an #eatqld Champion fits perfectly with that principle, and I am humbled that our family business has received this recognition.’

Nolan Meats was named Premier of Queensland Exporter of the Year in 2011 and has received several other prestigious awards including the DAFF Biosecurity Award in 2012 and the NAB Agri Business Exporter of the Year in 2012.

TIQ has worked with Nolan Meats to introduce them into various Asian markets.

Supporting Queensland’s agriculture and food sectors are priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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AIS Water makes a splash at SPASA Awards

Queensland manufacturer and exporter of water disinfection technology for swimming pools AIS Water has been making a splash lately, with the company taking out 2 prestigious national industry awards and its CEO nominated for multiple other awards.

Queensland manufacturer and exporter of water disinfection technology for swimming pools AIS Water has been making a splash lately, with the company taking out 2 national industry awards and its CEO nominated for multiple other awards.

The Brisbane-based company won the Marketing Campaign Award for its ‘Enhancing Life’ campaign and the Sustainable Product Award for its commercial chlorinators at the national 2020 Swimming Pool & Spa Association (SPASA) Awards of Excellence last month.

CEO Elena Gosse said the company understood that clean, disinfected water was much more than just a commodity.

‘Water is life-giving and enhancing and should be treated accordingly which is what our “Enhancing Life” marketing campaign focused on,’ she said.

‘We are incredibly proud the campaign has been recognised with such a prestigious national award and excited it may help us to reach even more people with our message about the need for everyone to have access to safe, clean water.’

The campaign used rich images and clear information to promote AIS Water’s innovative method for disinfecting pool water, which is helping save millions of litres of water annually across the globe.

Ms Gosse said winning the Sustainable Product Award was satisfying recognition for the company’s commitment to developing simpler, safer and smarter chlorination solutions that are also eco-friendly.

‘Chlorine is the only globally recognised disinfectant for swimming pool water,’ she said.

‘Our technology effectively creates a small chlorine factory next to a swimming pool, and then produces chlorine within the water itself, without a need to purchase, store or handle liquid, granular or gaseous chlorine.

‘Our technology is unique in that it is capable of producing chlorine in water of much lower salinity levels than our competitors thereby enabling it to disinfect water of any salinity range.’

AIS Water’s systems are installed in 90 Queensland school pools and the majority of Brisbane City Council municipal pools.

The company also exports its commercial and residential inline chlorination systems to 55 countries worldwide, with its technology even installed on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Virgin Islands.

Ms Gosse has also recently been named a finalist in the QCF Philanthropy Awards, in 5 categories at the AusMumpreneur Awards and in the 2020 Westfield Local Hero Awards. The latter is a grants and community recognition program designed to shine a light on those who are working to enrich their local community.

TIQ has been working with AIS Water to explore opportunities in the US market.

TIQ Senior Client Relationship Officer Sharyn Byrnes congratulated Ms Gosse on her nominations.

‘It’s great to see Ms Gosse recognised alongside so many amazing women who are leaders within the business and wider community.

‘We look forward to working with Ms Gosse and the AIS team as they explore opportunities to promote Queensland ingenuity in the USA and elsewhere.’

Supporting exporters to enter new markets is a key priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queenslanders help build UK's COVID HEROES website

Two Queenslanders are among a group of volunteers who have received an award for their efforts to support frontline medical staff fighting COVID-19 in the UK.

Two Queenslanders are among a group of volunteers who have received an award for their efforts to support frontline medical staff fighting COVID-19 in the UK.

Queenslanders Raymond Siems and Callum MacBeth are part of a group of Aussie expats who received a prestigious Pandemic Service Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for their IT engineering work on the HEROES charity platform.

Both Mr Siems and Mr MacBeth are IT entrepreneurs who have been supported in their start-up ventures in the UK by TIQ.

They are part of a group that was recognised for taking just 2 days to develop and launch the HEROES platform, which supports National Health Service (NHS) workers in the UK.

The platform has now raised more than 2 million pounds, which is being used to provide direct support to NHS workers on the COVID-19 frontline.

Queensland Agent-General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt commended Mr Siems and Mr MacBeth for their selfless efforts.

‘Queenslanders, like all Australians, are prepared to roll up their sleeves and help others when and where it is needed,’ Ms Apelt said.

‘To hear that these people far from home are helping others in very trying and stressful situations is inspiring.’

To date, HEROES has helped 90,000 NHS workers with mental health support and physical support, generating donations to offset personal costs, childcare, meals during shifts and PPE gear.

Information technology is the common thread among the group of expats, who left Australia for Helsinki in Finland in 2014 to start their own company and are now based in Cambridge.

Today they all have full-time work but dedicate volunteer hours to HEROES.

Mr Siems said it was fulfilling for all the expats to be involved in the platform and do something for the many thousands of people working to help others during the pandemic.

‘We would love to be home right now, but we’ve stayed and tried to make a difference by helping meet the need here,’ he said.

The charity has been supported by household names in the UK, including Robbie Williams and former Spice Girl Mel B, plus a swag of Premier League football personalities including former star Joe Cole.

The charity’s central campaign has been Help Them Help Us, with the www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk website allowing NHS workers to apply for donations to help them with their additional costs during the pandemic.

Mr Siems is the charity’s Chief Technology Officer and was named on the award citation along with Dr Ravi Solanki. Mr MacBeth is the Systems Administrator.

The engineering awards honour those who have contributed to helping address the challenges of the pandemic, across all technical specialities, disciplines and career stages.

The start-ups and technology sector is identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2020.

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Mizzie pivots on the hop towards online sales

Australia’s original natural teething and educational toy maker Mizzie The Kangaroo has achieved a surge in online sales despite the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying their digital promotional.

Australia’s original natural teething and educational toy maker Mizzie The Kangaroo has achieved a surge in online sales despite the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying their digital promotion.

The Brisbane-based company pivoted to focus on online sales after the wholesale side of the business was hit hard by the pandemic.

The company’s appetite for exploring new promotional opportunities also saw Mizzie open its first pop-up shop in Brisbane last month which will run until the end of September.

Founder and Managing Director Sandra Ebbott said redirecting the company’s focus from wholesale to online sales had been an interesting journey.

‘Up until March, 80% of our business was wholesale and that was gone almost overnight when the pandemic started – but our customers weren’t,’ she said.

‘Babies were still teething, and toddlers were still needing to learn and explore, and perhaps even more so than before parents were looking for toys that entertain and help their children to learn and develop through fun.

‘We’ve always had a website but it wasn’t our focus – when online sales are only 20% of your business, a website is something that’s there and ticking along only.

‘But when the pandemic hit, we started creating additional relevant content for our customers including blog posts, newsletters and baby tips to keep people interested and engaged.

‘Now 70% of our business comes from online sales.’

Mizzie was founded almost 5 years ago after a group of Brisbane parents having coffee lamented not being able to find suitable teething and fun educational toys for their babies and toddlers.

The company now has 6 staff and exports to Europe, the UK and the US.

As part of their new strategy to rapidly boost the company’s online presence, Mizzie recently recruited 25 brand ambassadors in 6 countries.

‘In a time that we can’t physically travel, our followers can travel with our ambassadors and it gives parents the opportunity to exchange stories about what’s going on in Italy, Spain or anywhere,’ Ms Ebbott said.

‘The ambassadors shoot life with their kids having fun with Mizzie and through their social media followings, we now have a social media reach that’s over hundreds of thousands.

‘We’ve also got people in Spain, Germany and Italy who simultaneously translate our social media posts meaning our international customers can read about Mizzie in their own language, which helps make our content more relevant to them.’

Ms Ebbott said online retail sales and the company’s first pop-up shop at Ascot had both boosted brand awareness by allowing the company to communicate their message of ‘developing children through fun’ more directly to customers.

‘It’s been hugely gratifying talking to customers face-to-face in the shop because usually we’re normally only at trade fairs,’ she said.

‘Sometimes shopping online can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know our brand, but in the shop new customers can immerse themselves into our brand and ask questions easily.

‘I’ve been very grateful of the government support from all sides including TIQ, Advance Queensland and the Brisbane City Council.

‘It’s been impressive how they have tried to support scaleups like us as much as possible though opportunities like our pop up shop as part of the Brisbane City Council Shopfront Activation Program – that’s something we would never had had the opportunity to do on our own.’

Looking ahead, Ms Ebbott said the company remained focused on global expansion despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.

‘Our biggest focus now is getting the UK and EU markets, which we entered last year, really right, then next year we can refocus on US.’

Mizzie The Kangaroo is proud to join TIQ’s #SupportQLDExport campaign to celebrate exporters who have been succeeding globally and locally, showing resilience, adaptability and dedication over the past year.

Learn more about the campaign and share your #SupportQLDExport story.

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Idemitsu starts biomass trial at Ensham mine

Idemitsu Australia Resources has launched a biomass trial at its Ensham coal mine near Emerald, which will see crops grown at the site harvested and turned into pellets to fuel Japanese power stations.

Idemitsu Australia Resources has launched a biomass trial at its Ensham coal mine near Emerald, which will see crops grown at the site harvested and turned into pellets to fuel Japanese power stations.

The project is trialling different crops for commercial pelletisation, in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to expand its renewable energy activities.

Idemitsu Australia Resources Chief Commercial Officer Chris Walsh said sustainable pelletisation was one option the company was keen to explore.

‘While Ensham is a long-life asset for the company, with production plans out to 2038, Idemitsu is also embracing opportunities in renewables,’ Mr Walsh said.

‘The development of a viable biomass supply is a key long-term strategy for Idemitsu, including the possibility of a biomass hub being developed and operated at Ensham.

‘Successful development of a viable biomass supply chain would place Queensland at the forefront of this emerging global sector.’

Pelletisation involves creating pellets from organic substances, which can then be used as an alternative to fossil fuels, creating fewer emissions when burned.

The Ensham project is trialling fast-growing crops such as sorghum, which are designed to provide a sustainable source for pellets.

The project is being supported by the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, and TIQ, including via introductions to Brisbane pelletisation company Moxiepel Australia.

Mr Walsh said the trial was the first step in a project that could have wider implications.

‘Depending on the trial outcomes, we may be able to develop a large-scale cropping and pelletisation plant at Ensham,’ he said.

‘The project is also being watched with interest by our parent company, Idemitsu Kosan Co., in Japan.

‘And, of course, we’re continuing to talk to TIQ about other investment opportunities that may emerge here in Queensland.’

The first sorghum crop was harvested at Ensham in May this year and pelletised before being shipped to Japan for testing in Idemitsu Kosan Co’s research and development laboratories in September.

The test results will determine next steps, including crop suitability for scaling up Idemitsu’s biomass operations in Queensland.

Renewables and biofuels are identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

The Queensland Government has also committed to developing an export-oriented bioproducts sector in its Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

 

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Gotzinger sausages snag Hong Kong deal

Queensland smallgoods maker Gotzinger Smallgoods has shipped its first consignment of German sausages to Hong Kong after striking a deal with a major distributor.

Queensland smallgoods maker Gotzinger Smallgoods has shipped its first consignment of German sausages to Hong Kong after striking a deal with a major distributor.

The deal was secured after TIQ and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries connected the Yatala-based company with international distributor Century Food in Brisbane last year.

The Canadian-owned firm sources quality foods from around the globe for sale throughout Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific.

Gotzinger Smallgoods National Sales and Export Manager George Ganis said the family-owned business was committed to expanding its export footprint from its Gold Coast base.

‘We’re delighted to achieve this deal into a new market because we see export as a key part of our business,’ Mr Ganis said.

‘If anything, this most unusual of years has shown that we need to spread risk over different markets and export is another good leg for our business to stand on while industries like food service are disrupted.

‘We’ve been expanding our exports since we started supplying the Philippines last year and we’re about to commence exports to Vietnam and Singapore shortly.

‘This new, exclusive deal with a Hong Kong distributor will see us sending approximately 1.4 tonnes of 5 lines of smallgoods like cheese kransky sausages every two weeks direct from Brisbane.’

The 108-year-old company employs about 130 staff with almost all of them in Queensland and has a purpose-built factory at Yatala.

For the past 20 years, under the leadership of its managing Director Antony van der Drift, Gotzinger Smallgoods has experienced significant growth in the Australian market.

Gotzinger Smallgoods was also part of a trade mission to HOFEX in Hong Kong last year supported by TIQ and led by Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner, who met with Century Food to promote Queensland produce.

Mr Ganis said TIQ was a valuable resource for Queensland companies wanting to explore export opportunities.

‘Attending major trade shows like HOFEX in Hong Kong as part of TIQ-led missions helps to keep costs down and TIQ’s standing and connections within the export sector gives companies like us that little extra clout when pursuing new deals,’ he said.

The Gotzinger Smallgoods range of sausages is available nationally in Coles and Woolworths stores.

The first shipment of sausages left Brisbane in mid-August and the next is due for export on 10 September.

Supporting exporters to enter new markets is a key priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–22.

Businesses interested in exploring export opportunities for food products should connect with TIQ today.

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Banana Feeds look overseas with Trade Accelerator

Queensland businesses are benefiting from a new program that connects international students to companies wanting to better understand overseas markets – including innovative Cairns business Banana Feeds Australia.

Queensland businesses are benefiting from a new program that connects international students to companies wanting to explore overseas markets – including innovative Cairns business Banana Feeds Australia.

Banana Feeds has developed an equine green-banana supplement, which is being used to improve horse performance by thoroughbred and harness racing trainers and dressage, endurance and show jumping competitors.

Banana Feeds has joined 60 other businesses participating in the Queensland Government’s Launch U Trade Accelerator program, which connects international students with Queensland exporters to help create tailored export plans.

Banana Feeds Co-director John McArthur said the company had asked students to identify potential customers, competitors and export challenges in various markets.

‘As a company, we didn’t have the time to go into the level of initial research the students have done,’ Mr McArthur said.

‘Everyone in the company is very busy, having only launched the product to market in February.

‘We’ve had a few different cohorts come through so far, undertaking market research for us on the UK, US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

‘The research has provided us with a really good grounding from which we can consider our export options.’

Mr McArthur said he and co-director Mr Robert Borsato had worked together in previous horticultural enterprises.

Mr Borsato, a third-generation FNQ banana farmer, knew there was an opportunity to utilise unused and downgraded farm product.

After much research and testing, the pair discovered the benefits of processed whole green bananas for horse performance.

Following on from domestic interest, the directors began to field enquiries from international entities, with the recent research another step towards successful exporting.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said the Trade Accelerator program also benefited international students.

‘In addition to the core skills and process required for the future workplace, the Launch U program offers students real-world business experiences through the program’s Trade Accelerator module,’ said Ms Willoughby.

‘Real-world experience is a critical for modern-day employers and the Trade Accelerator program helps students’ resumés stand out in the jobs market.’

Launch U is delivered by TIQ’s Study Queensland team.

If you’re a business who would like to be involved in the Trade Accelerator, you can find out more here.

If you’re an education provider interested in getting involved, you can register here.

If you’re a student who’d like to participate, you can read more here and then click on your institution’s logo to get involved.