Thursday, 22 October 2009
STEPS Professional Development, a niche educational publishing and training company wholly-owned by Edith Cowan University (ECU), has won the 2009 Export Award in the Belmont Small Business Awards announced earlier this month.
The Belmont Small Business Awards celebrate the creativity, energy and achievements of Belmont and WA-based small businesses.
The awards have been running since 1994, providing a great opportunity for small and growing enterprises to be recognised for their dedication and innovative business ideas.
The success comes soon after being named as a finalist in the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards.
STEPS Professional Development provides practical and proven professional development and resources to help teachers improve student outcomes in literacy, numeracy and physical education.
Described as a virtual mouse competing against elephants in the educational publishing world, STEPS Professional Development has defied the odds to win contracts in a wide range of education systems around the world such as Ireland, Malaysia and Rhode Island.
Last year the Ascot-based company reported a significant jump in profit on the back of its training and publishing activities, with over half of its sales generated offshore.
Chief Executive Officer, Ross Bindon, said the company had refined a business model that was good news for taxpayers.
“STEPS takes the best teacher training materials developed by the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia and, under licence, shares them with teachers anywhere from Mozambique to Newfoundland,” he said.
“As the business has grown, so too have the royalties returned to the Department.”
“We’d like to think that we’re illustrating how public funds used to develop valuable intellectual property can be recouped through skilful commercialisation and then reinvested, creating a sustainable economic cycle, and bringing enormous kudos to Western Australia and ECU in the process.”
For more information about the services and resources available visit the STEPS website, www.ecurl.com.au.
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