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DITAC D e p a r t m e n t o f

MINISTER FOR

SMALL BUSINESS & CUSTOMS T H E HON. DAVID BEDDALL M P

INDUSTRY,

COMMERCE

EMBARGOED UNTIL 8:30AM 14 OCTOBER 1991

NEW EXPORT PROGRAM TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS

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The Minister for Small Business and Customs, Mr David Beddall, and the National Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Manufactures (ACM), Mr John Paterson, today launched "Export Access', a new

export program for small to medium businesses.

Export Access is specifically targetted at small to medium size businesses. The program will provide a fast track into export markets for about 300 such businesses over the next three years.

"Export Access is directed mainly towards companies which have not yet developed sufficient expertise and resources to maintain a sustained export development program on their own," Mr Beddall said.

"The program draws on the experience of the ACM Gateway Export Network which links their membership with like-minded business organisations in key export markets."

"Export Access has the full support and involvement of other national business organisations who will ensure that businesses from all industry sectors and regions have an opportunity to participate," he said.

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Mr Paterson said that participants in the program will receive professional assistance to identify market opportunities and develop strategies for successful international marketing.

"Our aim is to get the first firms in the program into export markets and ready to do business by the middle of next year," Mr Paterson said. ·

"Applications will be sought from interested businesses over the next few weeks with a view to completing the assessment early in the new year."

"Businesses with an annual turnover of less than $20 million, or less than 200 employees in manufacturing, or less than 50 employees in service industries will be eligible to participate in the program," Mr Paterson

said.

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Export Access will be delivered by the ACM in close co-operation with the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Australian Industry, the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, the Metal Trades Industry Association of Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce and AUSTRADE. .

CANBERRA John Mcllwain James Hodges

(NR271) Minister' s Office ACM

(06) 277 7080 (03) 699 1729

John Wells Jonathan McKeown

Small. Business Unit ACM (06) 276 2531 (02) 963 7564