Government launches a $20m initiative to boost SME export potential

Image credit:

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, has announced a new Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs Initiative that will help SMEs grow, export and generate local Australian jobs.

The $20 million program, which was announced in the 2018–19 Budget, will fund successful applicants to develop local and regional hubs that will help local firms begin to export.

Minister Andrews said the initiative will provide matched funding of up to $1.5 million in the priority Growth Centre sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Cyber Security; Food and Agribusiness; Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals; Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.

“Beginning to export can be challenging but there are massive opportunities for Australian firms to take their products, processes and services to big markets in our region and around the world, increasing revenue and creating new jobs,” she stated.

“Export hubs will help Australian companies overcome these challenges and begin to export.”

We know that this sort of practical assistance can be invaluable for local businesses.”

“The hubs will help businesses team up with other firms and through activities such as developing collective brands, take advantage of local infrastructure to boost business operations, and position regional businesses to participate in global supply chains.”

The initiative will provide funding for up to four years from 2018–19 to 2020–21.

Image credit: