The Gold Coast is again demonstrating its strength as a centre of economic excellence, with five local businesses taking away major accolades at last night’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.
Varsity Lakes-based Evolve Skateboards received the top prize – Exporter of the Year – with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acknowledging the vital contribution it makes to the state’s economy.
“Evolve Skateboards is one of a number of local businesses with the innovation, expertise and entrepreneurship skills that are helping cement Queensland’s reputation as a hub for innovation,” the Premier said.
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Four other Gold Coast businesses also won awards including:
- luxury wedding gown producer Grace Loves Lace;
- IT infrastructure manager Opmantek;
- race-engine builder and developer Noonan Race Engineering; and
- earthmoving machinery business Digga Australia.
“The benefits of trade are exponential,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“Exports support one in five jobs, with increased trade in goods and services predicted to be the key driver of economic growth in Queensland over the next few years.
“In the 12 months to August 2017, merchandise exports contributed a record $69.86 billion to the Queensland economy. That’s an increase of $21 billion over the same period last year.”