Toowoomba and Surant Basin Enterprise (TSBE) Food Leaders Australia (FLA) are looking for food and agriculture businesses in the Western Downs and Surat Basin ready to explore the potential of exporting. This is the second year the Emerging Exporters Program is being run to assist those interested in exporting products.

Emerging Exporters is a part of Shell’s QGC business commitment to regional economic development and working with the community to diversify local economies. A participant from the 2018 program, Tara Geeves from Running Gully Meats said, “When we started the Emerging Exporters Program we had a lot of ideas, thoughts, and questions as to how we could enter the export market. This program has allowed us to answer many of those questions, exploring the details in an attempt to minimise our risk and successfully enter the market. We still have roadblocks to overcome, however, the program has opened up resources to us, assisting us to potentially overcome these hurdles.”

“We have learned so much already from Geraldine Doumany from TSBE FLA, external industry professionals and the other businesses in our program. We look forward to the continuous learning curve. We recommend this program to any business who is considering exporting their product or service, ” said Ms. Geeves.

Shell’s QGC Operations Manager Common Systems Angus Hetherington said the program would continue to support local economies, helping make the region an even greater place to live and work. “The community told us economic diversification is important and producers play an essential role in building new economic development,” he said.

TSBE’s FLA Export Manager Geraldine Doumany will head the program and brings decades of trade knowledge to the role. Ms. Doumany said this is a great intuitive for the region offering ongoing support and mentoring for potential exporters.

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