22 May 2015
Grande-Rivière, June 11, 2015 – Activities abroad organised by GIMXPORT in 2014-2015 have increased sales by enterprises located in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region by nearly $10.1 M and have generated potential sales of about $27.3 M.
Once again this year, the GIMXPORT team organised a host of activities including three training sessions, 21 individual missions and 5 group missions, in addition to coordinating nine special projects. In all, 70 percent of GIMXPORT members used the agency’s services.
Renewed agreement with Canada Economic Development (CED) and a $612,000 grant
The agency was pleased to announce at its annual general meeting that its agreement with Canada Economic Development (CED) has been renewed for the 2015-2018 period and that it had received a grant. “I am delighted with the $612,000 in non-refundable funding we received from CED; it will allow us to provide exporting enterprises in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region with personalised, professional and coherent coaching to help them develop business opportunities on foreign markets, innovate and improve productivity,” pointed out Guy Pardiac, Chair of the GIMXPORT Board of Directors.
GIMXPORT expands its services for members
Forced by the current economic context to make a greater effort to become self-funding, GIMXPORT reviewed its positioning. From now on it will offer private coaching to enterprises located in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, the goal being to deliver tangible and quantifiable results in five areas: exports; transportation and logistics; commercialisation and marketing; business and maritime strategy development; and productivity and innovation.
Two pilot projects are being studied in the area of transportation and logistics: an air freight service on the Magdalen Islands to ship fresh products and the search for an alternative to the Expédibus service, which is about to be eliminated.
As for the newly-introduced assistance service in the areas of innovation and productivity, four enterprises are receiving support at present: Entreprises Léo LeBlanc et fils (Magdalen Islands), La moule du large (Magdalen Islands), Couleur Chocolat (Sainte-Anne-des-Monts) and Fumoir Monsieur Émile (Percé).
“GIMXPORT provides the region’s enterprises with in-the-field coaching that generates tangible results for them and helps make them more competitive,” points out Gino Cyr, General Manager. “We hope to position ourselves as the leading reference agency for these enterprises, guiding them to other resources as needed.”
It is important to point out that GIMXPORT offers a range of services to enterprises located in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, the goal being to contribute to the region’s sustainable development by improving international trade. It provides services in the following areas: exports; transportation and logistics; commercialisation and marketing; business development; and productivity and innovation. In addition to setting up various special projects, the agency’s services to its members include consulting and coaching opportunities, information and training sessions, and the organisation of trade missions for individual companies or groups.
Information and interviews: Gino Cyr, General Manager, 418-689-4590, ext. 105 or [email protected]