Melbourne’s North Food Group has had the pleasure of working with Najib and the team at Export Connect on many occasions and the opportunities and expertise they offer MNFG and our members not only from an exporting perspective but the many activities they organise for our Food Manufacturing partners is invaluable.
The Exporters Forum we attended with buyers from the UK, UAE & Malaysia was informative. We had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the international buyers, and now our members are either doing business or continuing negotiations with those buyers. Keep up the great work – looking forward to being involved in your next project. Count us in!
If you are considering building your export business, or need to know more about an existing or target market, why not book one of Export Connect’s workshops?
To date we have delivered 70+ workshops or forums and 250+ market assessments across three categories:
Whichever stage of the export process your constituents are interested in – getting started, delving deep into advanced issues, or just refreshing knowledge about a specific market – we can develop and deliver a workshop that fits.
Our market-specific workshops incorporate content we’ve developed for more than 170 market insights projects over 20 markets in the past two and a half years. We build in case studies from recent clients and Najib’s export experience to give you real world examples, and cover topics including emerging market & category trends, channel insights, market access requirements, USP articulation & market entry. What makes an Export Connect workshop special? We custom design our workshops to be category and market-specific, maximising value for each attendee.
In the export business, hearing from the people who have been there and done that is crucial. Our panel discussions, drawing upon a network of in-market buyers and experienced export managers give you the opportunity to learn from others’ success stories (and just as importantly, the times things didn’t work) and share challenges and opportunities.
Our forums are facilitated by our director Najib, an experienced exporter who knows what questions to ask to glean information that can help develop your export business.
Whether you are attending a trade show or involved in an inbound or outbound mission, Export Connect can help you prepare for buyer meetings and successful negotiation. We deliver trade show and mission readiness workshops helping companies understand market opportunities and challenges. We can help you develop your market-specific pitch and provide pre-qualified buyer leads, introductions and even lead in-market supermarket tours. At Export Connect we aim to get you ready for buyer interest and success.
Market Specific Workshops
Category Specific Workshops
MELBOURNE’S NORTH FOOD GROUP
FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS NETWORK
Export Connect is redefining the model for providing quality export services that deliver real value to their clients. Najib’s knowledge of and relationships across so many export markets are a significant value add, as is his ‘real-life’ experience working with food and beverage exporters of all shapes and sizes. The Export Connect team are responsive, professional and committed to supporting their clients to develop sustainable export markets.
I have experienced firsthand at major international trade fairs how Najib’s true passion for the food sector, his years of experience in trade, and his communications skills, have benefited many Australian exporters as they seek to develop and export markets for their outstanding products. His network of contacts, and his strong personality make him a great person to have alongside.
FINE FOOD AUSTRALIA EXPOS
We at Fine Food Australia have worked with Najib for a number of years now and have found his knowledge and experience of the export market is second to none. His commitment to the industry and trade has seen him develop small export opportunities into large ventures for the companies he is associated with.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Najib is passionate about helping Australian SMEs to export to overseas markets. His knowledge and experience of Hong Kong as a food and wine trading hub is invaluable to those wanting to expand into China and Asia. Under Najib, Export Connect will play a critical role in further promoting trade and investment for the agribusiness sector.
Mukund Narayana Murti
Najib has exceptional experience advising food businesses in Australia with their export strategies. He has exceptional networks in Australia in the Asian region, and ability to understand a business’ value proposition thoroughly, and a rare ability to provide practical yet sophisticated advice that is outcomes focused.
SILLY YAK FOODS
A really excellent event, Export Connect! The insights provided by the panel were very valuable, and the moderation of the panel session by Najib Lawand kept the discussions focussed and on topic. The inclusion of time for networking after the panel was also very valuable. Overall, excellent value for the price of admission. I would definitely attend another similar event, so don’t you dare hold one without inviting me!
LORI’S WHOLESOME PANTRY
It was such a worthwhile seminar. Lots to hear and explore. Thanks for hosting.
PLANET ORGANIC UK
It is always the people that make buying missions enjoyable, and the team at Export Connect, fellow buyers and suppliers we met made the trip so productive. A big bonus is that we are now stocking Australian products identified from the trip.
The tour would not have been so great without the company of fellow buyers. The Export Connect team did a great job in facilitating high calibre buyers who shared deep insights into their markets and to the discussions we had. This trip has helped us find new products and ways to enhance our business!