Ten local businesses are a step closer to securing new domestic and international export markets, after being named in the Shell’s QGC Emerging Exporters Program for 2019. The 10 local businesses were announced as the next successful line-up to be taking part in the program at a dinner in Dalby on Thursday 6 June.

These businesses are: Chinchira Super Reds; Hoofprints of Change; Four Daughters Premium Black Angus; Busy Beef Pty Ltd; Riverbend Marketing Pty Ltd; Aussie Pork Suppliers; Aussie Land & Livestock; Haven Farming; DOM Distribution; and Carpendale Commodities.

The Shell’s QGC Emerging Exporters Program is delivered by TSBE Food Leaders Australia (FLA). The program works with Western Downs and Surat Basin agribusinesses to deliver a tailored educational process with leading industry experts.

TSBE FLA’s Export Manager Geraldine Doumany said, “it gives me great pleasure to be able to officially welcome our ten local businesses, chosen from a range of high calibre candidates, as our 2019 Emerging Exporters Program participants”.

Louise McMahon from one of the successful businesses, Haven Farming, said her interest in the program comes from her aim to challenge traditional practises in the industry. “After finding out more details around the Emerging Exporters Program, we felt there would be great opportunity to support us on this learning journey and increase our chance of business success in connecting with exporters and end users,” she said. “It is encouraging to have Shell’s QGC business support all industry in our regional communities through this sort of program.”

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor McVeigh, who took part in an expert panel discussion at the launch dinner, said Emerging Exporters Program was a well-targeted program that assisted local businesses to capitalise on freight opportunities in the region. “The Emerging Exporters Program represents a win for our region in terms of supporting local businesses to further develop their domestic market and access international markets,” Cr McVeigh said. “I’d like to extend my congratulations to this round of successful participants and I look forward to hearing about newly emerging opportunities for Western Downs products to be marketed internationally. This sends a message to the world that the Western Downs is open for business.”

Shell’s QGC business Operations Manager Angus Hetherington said the Emerging Exporters Program was developed in direct response to community feedback. “The community told us that supporting businesses and driving regional economic development is important. Last year we were able to assist nine businesses in their export journey and we’re excited to see what the future holds for our 2019 Emerging Exporters,” he said.

TSBE Food Leaders Australia will be releasing videos following the journey of local business as they undertake the Emerging Exporters Program over the next 12 months.

Readers also enjoyed seeing the Socials from the Emerging Exporters dinner.