Business SA’s Migration for Business Growth program hosted a recent Gateway to Asia Exporters Expo, aimed at connecting local exporters with the State’s business migrants to further assist local exporters to enter and expand into Asia.
Twenty five local businesses displayed and sampled their products to over 100 potential export partners, including a group of 32 potential business migrants from China.
Exhibitor companies included wine, honey, olive oil, paint, beauty products, cleantech, sheepskins and technology products.
Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vaughan, said that the expo addressed many challenges that local businesses face in the export market.
“The expo assisted in overcoming many hurdles by connecting businesses with export partners who speak the language, are experienced and reputable business owners, and who already have established business channels in Asia,” Mr Vaughan said.
“The expo brought together two groups from diverse backgrounds - but both intent on the common goal of growing South Australian exports.
“There needs to be more encouragement and assistance for businesses to develop an export focus and overcome any challenges rather than relying solely on domestic and interstate markets.
“This expo is of particular value for small to medium sized businesses in the early stages of developing their Asian export markets.”
Local exporters found the event to be of great benefit and were already following up on leads.
The Big Olive was one company which has been working to grow their presence in the Asian region.
Rabih Moughelbay, International Sales Manager, said the expo was very valuable for their company, “our company participated in every expo in the past three years. Thanks to the expo, we made lots of contacts with business migrants and now have many business migrant clients.”
“Business migrants’ local knowledge and networks helped us to enter the Asian market, in particular the China market. Our commitment to success in China for example starts by engaging with its community to learn first hand about the challenges as well as the do’s and don’ts so that we can in turn adapt our strategies and teach our customers how to best promote and achieve a successful Big Olive partnership in China.”
To provide interested business migrants with an in-depth knowledge of olive oil and a unique experience of viewing the oil processing, the Migration for Business Growth program and the Big Olive is organising a factory visit for business migrants on 23 June to the company’s factory and showroom at Tailem Bend.
Business SA’s Migration for Business Growth is funded by the State Government’s Department of Trade and Economic Development, the program connects business migrants with the South Australian business sector through initiatives that include business matching, networking, and cross-cultural business issues.