A GOLD Coast electric skateboard manufacturer was named “Exporter of the Year” at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards last night.
Evolve Skateboards, which has developed a global cult following, also won the E-Commerce Award.
Announcing the winners at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the awards were evidence of how dynamic and innovative the Queensland economy has become.
“The benefits of trade are exponential,” she said.
“Exports support one in five Queensland jobs, with increased trade in goods and services predicted to be the key driver of economic growth in Queensland over the next few years.’
Ms Palaszczuk said trade statistics show that exports from the state were reaching new highs.
“In the 12 months to August 2017, merchandise exports contributed a record $69.86bn to the Queensland economy. That’s an increase of $21bn over the same period last year and represents a 56 per cent increase under my government,” the Premier said.
“Over 70 businesses entered this year’s awards program in 12 national categories and four state categories, and each one of them deserves to be congratulated.”
Export Council of Australia (ECA) CEO Lisa McAuley said the Council, in conjunction with Trade & Investment Queensland was honoured to manage the state-wide competition.
“Acknowledging exporters is vital in building awareness of new market opportunities available to business owners,” she said.
“We are seeing more and more new companies that are exporting their goods and services with excellent results and now is the time to focus on how we can help build on Queensland’s trade capabilities and encourage more companies to look at the global opportunities that are opening up.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the awards acknowledged the contribution Queensland exporting businesses continue to play in the State’s economy.
“The Export Awards are our chance to showcase the tremendous achievements of Queensland’s most innovative and successful trade businesses,” the Premier said.
“The sector continues to play a key role in helping to drive our economy and create jobs right across the state, with one in five Queensland jobs now supported by exports.”