Excellence in Export and Global Supply Chains

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Nominations are open for consideration of the Excellence in Export and Global Supply Chains at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

This Award is sponsored by NSW Government.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open unit 13th August 2021. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

Focus of the Category

This category recognises businesses that have created a significant revenue stream through the establishment of export markets or participation in one of the major global supply chains such as defence or aviation.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc. may be included as an attachment to the online application form – please label clearly.

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Overview of Organisation.
  • Provide an overview of your organisation in terms of core capability, uniqueness, products and services being exported or supplied into one or more global supply chains. Consider business history, family story, media articles, and refer to any online references (e.g. also include ‘About us’ section of your website). Include number of years in business, annual sales and number of employees. This does not need to be long, just a summary overview.
  • Please also consider using a table to explain any quantitative data in your answer.

5 / 60

  1. Overview of Product(s) being exported or supplied into global supply chain.
  • Describe your products/services being exported or supplied into a global supply chain. Please provide pictures of your product or brochure, website, video/YouTube link if available.
  • Describe your competitive advantage.  This might relate to a variety of factors, including cost structure, brand, quality of product offerings, customer support, distribution network, intellectual property.

10 / 60

  1. Export Global Supply Chain Strategy
  • How did you plan to generate sales in export markets or global supply chains? Include target markets and why, market entry strategy, brand development strategy, outline key objectives within the next two years, did you have external assistance, and if so, who assisted you e.g., consultants, Government funding assistance?  What steps did you identify and work through to win business in this supply chain? You could show your answer in a summary table showing your strategy, highlighting some of these key elements noted above.
  • Include an action plan relating to this strategy if available. If your focus is exporting, your promotional plan for target market China might be to: Attend Tradeshow A and 2. Advertise in Trade Magazine X or online strategy. Who will help you with this? Internal and external assistance e.g., HunterNet/Austrade, tapping into the Export Market Development Grants.  If your focus is global supply chain participation, your plan might focus on gaining accreditations and defining specific gaps or opportunities in the supply chain that are a good fit for your capabilities.

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  1. Challenges in exporting or global supply chain participation.
  • Outline barriers encountered and how they have been reduced or overcome, what external assistance did you seek to help you overcome these barriers? Challenges might include, but not exclusively attributed to, such factors as cultural and language differences, freight costs, in-market support, marketing and distribution, partner performance, special accreditations, finance, regulatory issues that meant you had to change markets or modify your product.

10 / 60

  1. Specific export or global supply chain achievements.
  • What have you achieved? Include actions that have been taken to achieve sustainable sales, be sure to include achievements within the last year. As well as specific achievements also consider using a table here to clearly show achievements both quantitative and qualitative if available. Clearly show and explain the actions you have or will take.
  • Describe how you have planned to sustain sales success in export markets or global supply chain sales. Describe how you will finance and continue to support your plans.

10 / 60

  1. Financial Outcomes
  • Describe the financial benefits to your business from your export or global supply chain initiatives.  Include a three-year summary of the revenues achieved and the percentage of total business revenue attributable to the export or global supply chain initiatives. How many full-time equivalent staff have been involved in the export or global supply chain area of the business?

10 / 60

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