Offshore Markets lift Becker helicopters
By Liliana Molina
Helicopter pilots tracking cars in South Africa and transporting corporate high flyers in Britain have got one thing in common – they’ve learnt their skills at Sunshine Coast-based Becker Helicopters.
The majority of the 450 students the helicopter school at the Maroochydore Airport has trained over the past eight years have come from overseas and encapsulates a growing trend for Queensland based professional services providers to look for expansion opportunities in international markets.
Managing director Jan Becker said the company she runs with husband Mike, a helicopter pilot for more than 20 years, planned to hit the overseas markets from the start because they did not want to rely on the ups and downs of the local economy.
“And we wanted a diverse place to train in and to make the southern hemisphere a centre for excellence in flight training,” Ms Becker said.
Austrade service exports team leader Lloyd Downey said the global market for services was becoming the fastest growing sector of world trade.
“International trade in services has risen over the past two decades from 18 per cent of world trade to 23 per cent,” Mr Downey said. “In the majority of countries the contribution of services to GDP is well over 50 per cent and in Australia’s case it is 76 per cent.”
Mr Downey said the challenge was making businesses aware they had the potential to export.
Taringa-based HRM Consulting has seen its business quadruple since starting to export its human resources management systems into the US and Europe.
“More than 50 per cent of our revenue comes from the US, the UK and Europe,” managing director Anastasia Ellerby said. Austrade has released a booklet to help businesses looking to export professional services which is available from **** *** ***.
We acknowledge the Courier Mail for the article published in 2005 and Liliana Molina for writing it.