More than $797,000 in funding has gone to 43 local exporters to help them grow their exports and create jobs in 2017.

The funding is part of the State Government’s Export Partnership Program, targeted at helping South Australia’s small and medium-sized businesses access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities.

The local manufacturing industry makes up 14 of the 43 successful applicants, worth $307,648, or almost half of the total granted.

Other successful industry sectors include wine, creative industries, education, information technology and agriculture. Well known local artist Emma Hack, who works in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography, is among recipients and plans to use her grant to lift the profile of her stunning work internationally.

Background

About 98 per cent, or 140,000, of all businesses in South Australia are small businesses and employ around one third of the state’s workforce. South Australian businesses have greater survival rates than any other in Australian state and our cost of keeping full time employees is 11 per cent below the national average. The sector provides almost a quarter of a million local jobs and is worth $34 billion each year.

Released earlier this month at an industry event by Minister for Small Business Martin Hamilton-Smith, the government’s 2016 Small Business Statement features a snapshot of the local SME sector and delivers a baseline from which to measure improvement in an area that still faces key challenges including energy costs and on-going IR challenges.

More than $2.7 million had gone to local businesses since the Export Partnership Program began in 2015. Current and aspiring exporters can apply for funding of up to $50,000 for eligible projects and activities, and grants may be used to support coaching, training, market intelligence and mentoring in order to plan for international opportunities and build their export capability.

Companies can apply for future rounds via www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/epp.

Quotes attributable to Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

The Export Partnership Program is helping local exporters get their products and services to a much wider, international customer base – with many previous recipients joining the recent state government trade missions to India, China and South East Asia.

Several of these have turned an investment of less than $50,000 into trade agreements worth millions.

The full list of recipients in round 5:

• Adelaide Fringe, Norwood - $7000
• AEM Cores Pty Ltd, Gilman - $19,000
• Belvidere Winery, Stepney - $20,000
• Byrne Vineyards, Norwood - $15,000
• DNA Security Solutions, Brompton - $17,500
• Dresslier and Company (Australia) Pty Ltd, Newton - $16,500
• Emma Hack, Brompton - $26,368
• EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd, Adelaide - $9,750
• EVO Manufacturing, Glynde - $12,500
• Happy Inspector, Adelaide - $17,500
• HEWITSON, Adelaide - $15,000
• Kilikanoon Wines, Leasingham - $22,500
• Light's View Group, Virginia - $26,598
• Lowe & Hennessy Pty Ltd, St Georges - $4,528
• Macaw Creek Wines, Riverton - $12,002
• Op2ma, Adelaide - $25,500
• Pfitzner Performance Gearbox Pty Ltd, Green Fields - $50,000
• Rapid Building Systems Pty Ltd, Marryatville - $20,000
• Soul Growers, Tanunda - $7,600
• South Australian Produce Market, Pooraka - $25,000
• Suntrix Monitoring, Newton - $11,000
• SustainSA, Lower Mitcham - $7,000
• Torrens Valley Orchards, Gumeracha - $10,000
• Tucker Creative Pty Ltd, Norwood - $13,750

The full list of recipients in round 6:

• ATEC Training, Ottoway - $20,000
• Austofix, North Plympton - $50,000
• Blackchrome Sportswear, Beverley - $25,000
• Business & Risk Solutions, Adelaide - $15,000
• Dowie Doole, Unley - $20,000
• Eden Hall Wines, North Adelaide - $6,750
• FCT ACTech Pty Ltd, Thebarton - $19,000
• Greenwheat Freekeh Pty Ltd, Adelaide - $16,870
• Hegs Australia, Clovelly Park - $15,300
• Koonara Wines Pty Ltd, Penola - $7,850
• Kosmea Australia Pty Ltd, Eastwood - $9,124
• Mincham Aviation, Parafield - $7,250
• Mismatch Brewing Company Pty Ltd, Wayville - $20,000
• Mitolo Wines, Virginia - $30,000
• Prancing Pony Brewery Pty Ltd, Totness - $24,500
• Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance, Thebarton - $13,400
• Sentek Technologies, Stepney - $50,000
• SRA Information Technology, Adelaide - $32,300
• VA Filtration (SA) Pty Ltd, Nuriootpa - $5,000