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Southern Highlands company wins major export award

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Minister for Small Business, Tony Stewart, today congratulated Southern Highlands company Hot Rock Dining International for winning a major award in this year’s Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

“I’m delighted to announce Hot Rock Dining International won the Emerging Exporter award at a special ceremony in Sydney last night,” Mr Stewart said. “Hot Rock Dining markets and distributes its volcanic stone cooking product through distributors in various countries.

“Hot Rock, based in Burradoo, began exporting in 2005 and its biggest market is the United States.

“It also exports to the United Kingdom, China, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Egypt,” Mr Stewart said.

Both NSW Premier Nathan Rees and Mr Stewart were guests at the gala awards event last night at Star City, which was attended by more than 600 guests.

“The Rees Labor Government is proud to be the principal sponsor of the awards and sponsor of two categories – the NSW Premier’s Exporter of the Year and the Regional Exporter Award,” Mr Stewart said.

“The NSW Government supports our exporters by providing a range of services, including an extensive program of visits to established and emerging markets.

A network of 10 export advisers across the State provides assistance to new and existing exporters.”

Mr Stewart said exporters such as Hot Rock Dining made a major contribution to the NSW economy.

“In 2007-08, NSW merchandise exports were valued at $30 billion,” Mr Stewart said.

“The awards show NSW companies compete very successfully in the international marketplace.

“As well as acknowledging the hard work business people put into exporting, the awards provide inspiration to other businesses considering going global.”

Mr Stewart said Hot Rock Dining International will represent NSW in the Emerging Exporter category at the Australian Export Awards to be announced in Melbourne on December 5.

The Premier’s NSW Export Awards are organised by the Australian Institute of Export (NSW).

2008 Premier’s NSW Emerging Exporter Award
Awarded to Hot Rock Dining International Pty Limited

“There are a large number of awards programs across our state, but there is only one that recognises excellence on the international stage. Like many of our sporting heroes, exporters that receive the recognition of an export award take on the world and win. It’s great to recognise excellence, but even greater to recognise those who compete against the best the world has to offer. Congratulations to Hot Rock Dining International Pty Limited for winning the “ 2008 Premier’s NSW Emerging Exporter Award.”
– Ian Murray AM, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Export 

2007 Premier's NSW EXPORT AWARDS
Awarded to Hot Rock Dining International Pty Limited

“The Australian Institute of Export and partners proudly presented the Premier's NSW Export Awards on the 18th October 2007 at Star City Casino. The capacity audience of over 630 people were able to offer support and congratulations to the winners of 16 export categories. Guests of honour the Hon. Morris Iemma MP Premier of NSW and the Hon Joe Tripodi MP, Minister for Small Business proudly presented awards to several of the winners. The Major Award Winner and the NSW Exporter of the Year was awarded to Cochlear, a global leader in the research and development, manufacture and marketing of implantable hearing solutions. Winners of each of the national categories will now compete for a national award at the National Export Awards held on the 22nd November in Brisbane.

As well as the major award winners, also recognised on the night were several companies the judges believe should also be congratulated for their efforts in the export field by the awarding of a Highly Commended certificate.” Australian Institute of Export .

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