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Page 28 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 THE 12 winners of this year’s FedEx Small Business Grant Con- test in Asia Pacific shared a prize pool of more than US$80,000, with the grants designed to help develop their businesses interna- tionally. Entries came from a diverse range of industry sectors, but the winners all shared a common quality – a simple, compelling business idea with the potential to expand into other markets. The grand prize winners were: - China: Leverage Limited, a technical service provider offer- ing factory audit, product inspec- tion, safety testing, CSR strategy building and report compilation. - Hong Kong: Ana by karma Limited, a social enterprise selling hand-made Bhutanese scarves. - Singapore: Mighty Jaxx International, a design studio that specialises in developing art collectibles. “Being an SME doesn’t neces- sarily mean thinking and acting local. Our research shows that international exports can be a key driver of growth and profits for SMEs,” said Karen Reddington, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. “ We see the huge pos- sibilities in small businesses and through the Small Business Grant Contest and aim to inspire SMEs to tap into global markets and realise their full potential in this increasingly connected world.” The contest was open to all for-profit Chinese, Hong Kong and Singaporean SMEs that have been operating for six months or more. In March, eligible SMEs were first required to submit their business stories online. Selected finalists then progressed to the final judging stage. Originally conceived in the US five years ago, the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest was first rolled out in the region last year and expanded to China this year. In addition to Asia Pacific, the con- test also took place in six other markets globally. FedEx names winners of second SME Asia-Pacific grants program Emirates adds Luxembourg EMIRATES SkyCargo has operated the first of its scheduled weekly freighter service to Luxembourg; one of the first steps in the implementation of the strategic operational partnership with Cargolux Airlines announced in May this year. Emirates SkyCargo will oper- ate its B777 freighter aircraft on this route providing a total cargo capacity of over 100 tonnes. The strategic partnership between Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux allows for customers of both carriers to access a wider range of destinations and services through block space and interline agreements be- tween the two players. New ITF members The Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates have joined the International Transport Forum (ITF) as the organisation’s 58th and 59th member countries. WFS sells Italian business WORLDWIDE Flight Services (WFS) has sold its ground han- dling business in Italy to Inceptus SpA and is no longer involved in ground handling activities in Italy. WFS will continue to own and op- erate its growing cargo handling business in Milan. WFS contract WORLDWIDE Flight Services has won a three-year contract to provide cargo handling for Qatar Airways in Stockholm. Pictured above (right) is Khoo Seng Thiam, managing director, FedEx Express Singapore congratulating Jackson Aw, founder, Mighty Jaxx International, which placed first in the 2017 Small Business Grant Contest in Singapore. BRIEFLY...