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2011 May Winners
EMERGING BUSINESS – Victory Aerospace & Military Spares
Born out of a gap in the market, Tony Mokomoko let his extensive 33 years of aviation experience take flight in February 2009, with the inception of Victory Aerospace & Military Spares. VAMS provide customers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore & Germany with inventory, equipment & various services to meet their ever changing priorities for all new & hard to find aircraft parts & military items, always ensuring that quality products & service are first & foremost.
FAMILY BUSINESS – John Henderson Real Estate
John Henderson Professionals Real Estate at Mermaid Beach was established 38 years ago by John Henderson. Since his retirement, it has been owned & operated by his three sons, David, Andrew & Luke Henderson. John’s wife, Jan, still works in the business, as does her nephew & grandson who recently joined the firm. With 26 employees in total, John Henderson Real Estate doubled the size of its Mermaid Beach Headquarters last year & was named the Professionals best sales office along the eastern seaboard for listings & settled sales!
MANUFACTURING & CONSTRUCTION – Australian Work & Leisure Vehicle Innovations
Australian Work and Leisure Vehicle Innovations is an innovative manufacturing company, specialising in custom designs and fit outs for trucks, four-wheel drives and other vehicles that require practical after-market adjustments. The Australian owned, family business based in Burleigh Heads that is a one-stop shop for the public and trade vehicles with international distributor agreements signed for marketing AWL products in 8 countries!
MAYOR’S INNOVATION GC AWARD – Tidal Energy
Established in 1999 by Aaron Davidson & Craig Hill, Tidal Energy has researched & developed a new generation of world leading submerged water turbines. Their product is designed to maximise turbine efficiency, cost-effectiveness & simplicity with low environmental impact in harvesting renewable electric power from water currents. Tidal Energy has received significant commercial interest from Australia, North America, Africa, Asia & India.
RETAIL, WHOLESALE & DISTRIBUTION – Morlife
Morlife is a family owned Australian company founded on the Gold Coast in 2002 by the Stewart family. The multi-award winning company is at the forefront of developing over 70 functional food products that incorporate a wider range & density of nutrients that work to facilitate functions like detoxification, cleansing, immune enhancement & increasing antioxidant intakes. Morlife prides itself on creating affordable foods that provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition, helping people ‘get more out of life’.
TOURISM, HOSPITALITY & EVENTS – Freshbrew Events & Marketing – National Finals Rodeo
National Finals Rodeo is Australia’s largest rodeo & the grand finale of the APRA season with the cowboys and cowgirls competing in six Australian championship events – Bareback Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping and Bull Riding. The colourful event brings country to the city once a year for an exciting week of events, rich in the traditions of the Australian outback. NFR is fast becoming one of the iconic highly anticipated events on the Gold Coast events calendar.
TRADES, PROFESSIONS & SERVICES – Back In Motion
Back In Motion Mermaid Waters continues to deliver first class physiotherapy & allied health care services to the Gold Coast community. The physiotherapy practice has fast become known as a physiotherapy provider of choice to Gold Coast residents. Unprecedented & explosive growth now sees the practice rate in the top 0.5% of physiotherapy practices Australia wide.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & MULTIMEDIA – e-CBD
Incorporated in 1997, e-CBD is the Gold Coast’s largest digital agency & one of Queensland’s most experienced providers of web design, social media marketing & search engine optimisation services. After recognising the impact of social media in consumer decision-making & online community building, e-CBD created a social media monitoring tool called Dialogix, which reports what is being said about your brand!
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – GreenBizCheck
Gold Coast company GreenBizCheck, is the world’s first online environmental certification company, providing solutions for office, retail, food & beverage, and IT based businesses. The program is action-orientated, user friendly, affordable & helps companies to reduce operating costs & maximise marketing & revenue opportunities. Their vision is to be the best-known, preferred and recommended global environmental certification standard for organisations looking to underscore their environmental credentials, gain marketshare through differentiation and reduce costs by using resources more efficiently.