Finalists in this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards cover the gamut of the state’s best exporters, ranging from wedding-dress designers to digital start-ups, and earthmoving manufacturers to essential-oil creators.

38 finalists across 15 categories were announced at a ceremony in Brisbane on 13 September.

They highlight the diversity of the state’s top exporters and include businesses from city, country and coastal Queensland.

Entrants from previous years are well represented, with bridalwear business Grace Loves Lace (e-commerce winners in 2016 and 2017), video tech firm ClipChamp (digital finalist in 2017), and essential-oil maker ECO (e-commerce and health finalist in 2017) once again named.

Earthmoving machinery manufacturers Digga Australia, 2017 winners of the Dermot McManus Award for Innovation, are finalists in the same category again this year.

But plenty of companies feature for the first time, with newcomers Namoi Cotton Alliance (Toowoomba), Helimods aerospace technology (Sunshine Coast), and Dr Oetker Foods (Brisbane) named as finalists this year.

Winners will be revealed at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2018 Gala Awards Dinner at the Hilton Brisbane on 11 October.

The Gala Awards Dinner is a key event on Queensland’s business calendar, and is a unique opportunity to network with the state’s most exciting exporters and business influencers.

Guests will include TIQ’s trade commissioners from 15 offices around the world.

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

Fostering export growth is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Read the full list of awards finalists.

Tickets are now available for the Gala Awards Dinner. Discounts apply for tables of 10.