Local businesses in Deakin build local community and lead the world

Media release

  • The Hon Kelvin Thomson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade
  • Mike Symon MP, Federal Member for Deakin

23 April 2013

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, The Hon Kelvin Thomson, and Federal Member for Deakin, Mike Symon, today announced 13 local businesses were reimbursed a combined total of over $407,000 under the Australian Government's Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) Scheme in 2011-12.

"I congratulate local EMDG recipients for operating and employing locally, and at the same time, reaching out to foreign markets", Mr Thomson said.

The local EMDG recipients represent a wide range of organisations, from manufacturing and goods wholesaling to high-tech computer systems and education providers; and these grants help them expand their markets overseas.

Mr Symon said, "Successful companies that provide jobs and stability are important to the strength and viability of our community. I congratulate these companies for their efforts to secure our future by tapping into overseas markets".

"These great Australian businesses are to be congratulated for every job and every dollar contributed to their local community from export sales", Mr Symon said.

"Australia's exporters are the frontline troops in the global battle of economic competitiveness. Fortunately, Australia leads the world in many fields, a fact Australian exporters demonstrate every day with their outstanding products, technologies and services.

As we compete in the Asian Century, now more than ever, Australia's economy relies on our ingenuity and drive, and exports are an important component of our future prosperity" Mr Thomson said.

Today the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, and Mr Symon met at Mr Symon's electorate office with six Export Market Development Grant recipients from the local area, gathered to share with the Parliamentary Secretary and Mr Symon their experiences at breaking into and succeeding in world markets.

"In a very real way, export earnings support real jobs in Deakin and contribute to the cohesiveness and viability of the local community. And importantly, exports give these companies the best opportunity to prosper well into the future", Mr Symon said.

Stephen Harrington, General Manager of Smash Enterprises, described how the grant had helped their company attend trade shows, liaise with international agents and establish Smash Enterprises in Europe and the USA.

"Through growing our export market, Smash has been successful in distributing our products globally to major retailers including Tesco, Sainsburys, and ASDA," Mr Harrington said.

Mr Symon added, "When we see Smash's distinctive products like their drink bottles and lunchboxes for sale in our local supermarket, many people don't realise that, not only are they selling their products overseas, but they are also a local company, providing work for local people."

"Again, I congratulate the recipients and am glad they could attend today to discuss trading issues with the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, Kelvin Thomson," Mr Symon said.

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