A Cairns business is a finalist in the 55th Australian Export Awards which recognizes success in putting Australian innovation and expertise on a global stage.
Cairns College of English & Business is in the running to win education and training award, to be announced at the ceremony in Canberra on 5 December.
One of the finalists will be named the Australian Exporter of the Year, and the winner of the Investment Award will also be announced by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the awards celebrate the international success of local companies, recognizing their export achievements and contribution to Australia's economic prosperity.
“I am delighted that Cairns College of English & Business is one of 77 finalists in the running for an award,” Mr Entsch said.
“More than a third of this year’s finalists are classified as small businesses with 20 or fewer staff, and for 59 per cent of finalists exports comprised more than half their revenue.
“Together they generated more than $3.9 billion in export sales in 2016–17 and employed more than 31,000 people,” Mr Entsch said.
“Businesses like these represent the very best Australia has to offer – from small, family-owned businesses to listed corporations, they are making a tangible contribution to the nation.
Mr Entsch said the Federal Government recognizes creating new and significant export opportunities for Australian businesses means more exports and jobs.
“The Government is pursuing the most ambitious trade agenda in Australia’s history to open up more opportunities for businesses like Cairns College of English & Business,” Mr Entsch said.
The Australian Export Awards are co-presented by Austrade and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
For more information and a full list of finalists visit: www.exportawards.gov.au.