The annual search for Queensland’s best exporters has begun with the launch of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2019.

The export awards acknowledge Queensland businesses engaged in international trade and reward their dedication to being the best at what they do.

Speaking at the launch in Brisbane on 13 May, TIQ A/CEO Paul Martyn said exporters play an important role in the Queensland economy.

‘This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the export awards and it is good to be celebrating success.’

‘These are great firms doing great things – providing jobs for Queenslanders and generating wealth for our state and providing for families.’

Danny Maher, Chairman of last year’s regional export award winner Opmantek, said the IT company had experienced major benefits from winning awards over a number of years, including being named the 2017 Australian Exporter of the Year for Digital Technologies.

‘We love getting together with other exporters and celebrating what we’ve achieved and learning about the achievements of others,’ he said.

‘The export awards also add credibility to the company in terms of attracting and retaining staff and, interestingly, they also help Google’s search algorithms and improve your search rankings.’

This year’s export awards include 13 national awards categories covering everything from agribusiness to education, health, manufacturing and ecommerce.

They also include 3 uniquely Queensland categories, which recognise export innovation, women in international business, and export achievement in the defence industry.

Queensland winners of the national awards will go on to compete at the Australian Export Awards later in the year.

All Queensland exporters are encouraged to enter the awards, regardless of their size and location.

Last year’s winners included a wide range of small and large businesses, exporting everything from electric-vehicle chargers to apps, excavators and wedding dresses.

Every business that enters the awards has exclusive opportunities to network with the best of Queensland’s export community.

Entries in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2019 are now open and close on 31 July.

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