Rossi Boots was among 12 successful applicants for the first round of the South Australian government’s Export Partnership Program.
Rossi, which missed out on a $15 million defence contract about a year ago, said it would put the $50,000 co-investment grant to purposes including research and marketing in new markets.
CEO Myron Mann told the ABC that Rossi exported about 7 per cent of its products, and could double this, employing “15 – 20” new workers.
“We have business in New Zealand, Canada and the US, but they're small businesses and there's such an opportunity for us to expand those businesses, [so] this really means more jobs here," Mann said.
The first round of grants for SME exporters were between $6,000 and $50,000, and require the businesses to “have been operational for at least two years and have an annual turnover of more than $100,000.”
Grants totalled $340,000 for the first round of the programme, with trade minister Martin Hamilton-Smith saying 48 detailed applications had been submitted in the first round.
Round two applications closed on July 10, with third round applications open until October 9.
“Given the high level of interest in the new program, the first round was extremely competitive, and I congratulate the successful companies on putting forward strong business cases to gain assistance in pursuing global opportunities,” said Hamilton-Smith in a statement.
For more information on the Export Partnership Program, click here.
Round 1 recipients
AEM Cores Pty Ltd $31,000
Barossa Vintage Pty Ltd $31,000
Elderton Wines $31,225
Ezy-Fit Hydraulics $30,000
Ferguson Australia Pty Ltd $50,000
Kilikanoon Wines Pty Ltd $27,475
MacTaggart Scott Pty Ltd $6,000
Pindarie Wines $30,075
Prism Defence $14,500
Rossi Boots $50,000
Saltbush Livestock Pty Ltd $24,500
SEAPA Pty Ltd $18,050