Southern Queensland businesses can explore future export opportunities and connect with other SMEs during an online workshop on 27 May.

The second online Export Connections workshop will feature an exporter case study, Q&A, and a breakout session where participants can brainstorm common challenges and get advice from their exporting peers.

Marl’s Wellness Company CEO Maryann Thexton attended the first online workshop last month and said it was a great way to make professional connections and fight the isolation of COVID-19.

Her company has developed a range of prebiotics and probiotics that can be added to processed food products.

‘It’s quite helpful for small and medium business leaders to collaborate in the current climate even if we’re in completely different industries because business can be quite a lonely situation at the best of times,’ Ms Thexton said.

‘Being able to network and get the benefit of the knowledge of the TIQ team was amazing.

‘If export is on your “to do” list it’s absolutely imperative that you engage with people who are in the same space as well as government and industry bodies for whom export is their speciality.’

GI Building Sciences General Manager Rod Stead, whose company manufactures and exports building insulation, said he found the online format easy and efficient.

‘Attending was quick, sharp and effective and I could fit more into my day without the hassle of travelling somewhere,’ Mr Stead said.

‘I enjoyed the breakout session because there’s nothing like learning from the experiences of others.

‘As exporters we have the same challenges and sessions like these can identify synergies between businesses.

‘I made some connections after the meeting with a view to possibly working with those businesses in the future which was great.’

Mr Stead said any business considering exporting would find attending Export Connections worthwhile.

‘You should grab the opportunity to understand what you can learn to help you grow your business,’ he said.

‘It was a fantastic event and I’m looking forward to the next one.’

Export Connections workshops have been held in person around Queensland since 2019 as a way for exporters to network and learn from each other.

TIQ has taken these sessions online during the COVID-19 pandemic as one of several initiatives it’s implementing in response to the crisis.

The next free online Export Connections workshop will be on 27 May. Keynote speaker will be Mr Jeff Flood, CEO, Summer Land Camels. The workshop, including brainstorming sessions, will be facilitated by Brian Ruddle, Managing Director, Impact Innovation Group.

For more information email Sharyn Byrnes.

The Export Connections workshops are delivered by specialist innovation and technology commercialisation consultancy Impact Innovation Group, which operates across the Asia Pacific region.