Waikato software specialist Company-X has joined the league of exporting legends by being named as a winner in the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2017.

Company-X director Jeremy Hughes received the Services Exporter of the Year award, open to businesses with export revenue of up to $10 million, at a gala dinner on June 29 at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.

The software specialist, based at Wintec House in Hamilton, New Zealand, develops software for a diverse group of clients, including international companies, some based in New Zealand, others based in the United States.

The Services Exporter award recognizes excellence in businesses who are building extraordinary and sustainable export growth, working in the areas of ICT, tourism, education and consultancy services.

ExportNZ, a division of business advocacy body BusinessNZ, was looking for winners that had profitable and sustainable foreign exchange growth and also adept at quality planning, leadership and direction. ExportNZ also looked for excellence in export marketing and operational excellence for that award category.

Hughes said he was humbled that Company-X had been recognized at the ExportNZ Awards.

“Winning an ExportNZ award recognizes everyone who has worked at Company-X over the last five years. It provides our growing team of project managers, business analysts, technical support analysts and software developers with the perfect opportunity to stop and think about the role they have played in the company’s success.”

“We’re delighted Company-X won the Services Exporter of the Year award,” said Company-X director David Hallett.

“It recognises the work that everyone in the Company-X team has put into growing the business since we registered the company with the New Zealand Companies Office in 2012. Since then we have grown from employing a handful of staff to a team of nearly 40 clever and talented men and women. We call them the X men and X women!”

The ExportNZ Award is the fourth award Company-X has been up for in the last year.

Company-X was also a finalist in the Strategy and Planning category of the Westpac Waikato Business Awards for 2016. Jeremy was a finalist in the 2016 New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards. The One Network Road Classification Performance Measures Reporting Tool (ONRC PMRT) went on to win the Roading Asset Management Innovation Award at the Road Infrastructure Management Forum in Auckland.

The ExportNZ Awards program has been inspiring New Zealand exporters to expand their business horizons and grow internationally since 2009. In that time the ExportNZ Awards has celebrated 104 inspirational success stories. These stories of Kiwi ingenuity, innovation, and export success showcase the incredible diversity of our export sector.

The awards recognize businesses who back the government’s plan to build export markets for New Zealand and increase the contribution of exports to the economy by 10 to 40 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.