Watsonia Small Business Snaps Up State Export Award

07 October 2016

A fast-growing photo imaging solutions business in Watsonia has taken out the Small Business Award at the prestigious 37th Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) during a ceremony at Government House last night.

Cornerstone Solutions was recognised for outstanding international success for its photo imaging capture and delivery services that it provides to companies across the construction, agriculture, education, manufacturing and marketing industries.

Cornerstone Solutions’ impressive product and service offerings have seen the business grow its staff by more than 20 people since 2013 – enabling it to record a more than 700 per cent increase in international revenue over the past two years.

More than 50 businesses entered this year’s awards, designed to recognise the hard-work and economic contributions exporters make to Victoria, boosting the state’s business profile locally and internationally.

For the last three years running, a GOVEA winner has gone on to win the Australian Exporter of the Year award cementing Victoria’s reputation as the country’s leading exporter.

Victorian exports make a crucial contribution to the economy with total exports of goods and services in 2014-15 rising 4.8 per cent to a record $39.4 billion.

The patron of the Governor of Victoria Export Awards is the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“These awards are a great way to recognise the hard work of our exporting businesses that are raising their profile internationally while growing their business and creating more jobs here at home.”

“We’re leading the country in small business growth and exports, and these awards give us the opportunity to provide our local businesses with the recognition they deserve for taking the very best of Victoria to the world.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks

“It is fantastic to see locally-grown Cornerstone Solutions being recognised as one of the state’s top exporters.”

“Not only are our small businesses taking their products and services to the world, but they are growing their business base here at home, which mean more jobs and a bigger boost for our local economies.”

Full list of 2016 Governor of Victoria Export Award Winners:

Regional Exporter Award
Australian Premier Dried Fruits – Merbein South

Creative Industries Award
League of Geeks – Southbank

Environmental Solutions Award
Geofabrics Australasia – Braeside

Small Business Award
Cornerstone Solutions – Watsonia

Agribusiness Award
Schreurs & Sons - Clyde

Manufacturing Award
A.W. Bell – Dandenong South

Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award
Gekko Systems – Ballarat

Business Services Award
Shopping Links – Kew East

E-Commerce Award
Swisse Wellness - Collingwood

Health & Biotechnology
Ego Pharmaceuticals – Braeside
IDT Australia (Commendation) – Boronia

Education and Training Award
Deakin University - Geelong

Digital Technology Award
Envato - Melbourne

Victorian Women in International Business Award
Cyan Ta’eed (Envato) – Melbourne

Victorian Exporter of the Year
Ego Pharmaceuticals – Braeside

Victorian Export Award for Innovation Excellence
Wordpoly – Lynbrook

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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