Brand new export program taking SA businesses to the world

31 March 2017

The Export Ready Program has been created by Business SA to assist South Australian businesses with exporting through a combination of workshops and one-on-one support.

The program is supported by the South Australian Government.

An exciting and unique new export program has been developed especially for South Australian businesses who are seriously considering export, businesses new to export or those with experience who are looking to increase and optimise their export results.

The Export Ready Program, created and facilitated by Business SA and supported by the South Australian Government, combines monthly workshops with individual monthly Export Adviser support and coaching sessions. This is the first program of this calibre available to South Australian businesses.

“Participants in the Export Ready Program will be able to apply a strategic approach to exporting, and will be equipped with plans, tools, and advice that will lessen the risks associated with export, and increase their chance of success in interstate and overseas markets,” Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Nigel McBride said.

“The Export Ready Program involves participants attending a series of workshops facilitated by industry experts, and will also provide individual export advice and coaching tailored to each participant’s needs. We are also working with a number of industry experts to ensure timely and accurate advice will be provided to participants throughout the program.”

One such participant is the Original Goolwa Bakery, a company over 100 years old yet still innovating and looking to expand into new markets.

“The Original Goolwa Bakery had its 105th birthday this year, and we are excited at the opportunity provided by Business SA to explore export markets and collaborate with other South Australian businesses to work together. Participating in the Export Ready Program will equip us with the knowledge and tools we need to successfully start our export journey,” owner Ben Hage said.

Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said the Export Ready Program is complementary to the state government’s support for small to medium sized businesses to access new global markets.

“National and international trade and investment connections and alliances are crucial to the state’s economic prosperity, with around 72,000 jobs in this state linked to export activity,” he said.

“Supporting businesses to export is vitally important to the ability of South Australian businesses to open new markets, remain globally competitive and create jobs.”

To find out more about the Export Ready Program, visit: business-sa.com/exportready

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