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Export Award: Ansarada

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The 48th Australian Export Awards were co-presented by the Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). The 12 category winners earned more than $3.5 billion in export sales during the 2009/10 financial year and employed nearly 13,000 people, according to Minister for Trade Dr Craig Emerson, with SMEs punching well above their weight in the representation.

Emerging Exporter: Ansarada

Developing its services from the cutting edge of information technology and responding nimbly to market forces has won this smart start-up a client list of financial giants in China, Europe, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the UK and the USA. Ansarada provides secure virtual data rooms that enable investment banks, legal and advisory firms to conduct business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraising and other due diligence-based projects. From its start-up five years ago, its services have enabled the transaction of multimillion-dollar business deals with international clients including Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Fortescue Metals Group, Investa Property Group, KPMG and Ferrier Hodgson. Ansarada’s proprietary software as a service (SaaS) delivery model allows clients full accessibility on demand via a standard internet browser. The virtual data rooms can be set up quickly to manage large quantities of information, protected by restricted access, and incorporate legal grade audit trails to capture intelligence and meet disclosure requirements. They are also user-friendly and don’t require plug-ins or downloads, so users can easily view secured documents through the internet browser of their choice. The company employs the latest technology, including Adobe’s LiveCycle Rights Management Server and Adobe Document Security Server, to provide the highest level of security. The data rooms are accredited and compliant with the globally recognised Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard ISO 27001:2005. "This puts us really ahead of the game with a competitive advantage no one else can offer," Ansarada CEO Sam Riley says. Ansarada has recorded annual average revenue growth of 89 percent over the last three years and flourished during the GFC by adapting its services to insolvency actions. The company continues to upgrade its technology and is looking to expand into the European market from its London office and establish east and west coast offices in the USA.

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