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New Regional Trade Network to unlock opportunities for business growth

Friday, 17 May 2019

A new Regional Trade Network has been announced for the South West, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance areas for the purpose of providing local businesses with support to successfully participate in the international marketplace.

Australian Government agency Austrade has awarded a contract that will enable TradeStart services to be delivered for the first time by the South West Development Commission (SWDC) in partnership with the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regional development commissions and with the support of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

Efforts to develop international markets will be further boosted by a $100,000 investment in the network by the State Government.

The additional State Government funding is targeted to provide enhanced delivery of TradeStart services to agribusiness and food export-ready clients as part of the wider support offered through the Regional Trade Network to assist local businesses in a range of industries to extend their reach overseas.

TradeStart services have been delivered in the South West by SWDC since 2003. The expanded network will provide a strengthened framework for trade and investment, helping to underpin business growth in three regional economies in the State’s south.

Services are targeted to small and medium enterprises across industries to develop export market development skills and international market knowledge, as well as providing current and relevant advice on international trade and investment opportunities.

SWDC acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball welcomed the chance to expand the reach of the TradeStart services, thanking Austrade for the opportunity.

“The regions are home to outstanding businesses that produce quality products,” Ms Ball said.

“Through this network, more businesses with export aspirations will be able to access help in the regions they are based in. This will pave the way to lift the level of goods and services being exported.

“I encourage local businesses wanting to trade to take advantage of the support that will be offered through this new network ─ and look forward to seeing more local product on shelves and restaurants overseas.

Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) chief executive officer Bruce Manning said the network was a great initiative that will help to facilitate business expansion, creating new opportunities for business and jobs growth.

“It’s about working globally to provide benefits locally,” Mr Manning said.

Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) assistant director Rose Riley said the GEDC is delighted the Goldfields-Esperance region is now part of the TradeStart initiative.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with the South West and Great Southern development commissions to support export-ready businesses in our region to access an international network of business support and Austrade contacts around the globe,” Ms Riley said.

DPIRD Trade and Investment executive director Liam O’Connell said DPIRD was delighted with the successful outcome from the tender and looked forward to supporting SWDC, GSDC, GEDC and WA agrifood businesses become more export competitive.


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