2011 October Winners


ICON Software Solutions is an innovative technology leader in local government systems. Their web based knowledge technology provides e-Planning solutions such as online planning, electronic lodgement, corporate reporting and work project management software. ICON assist over 25 councils to connect and communicate with their communities & attribute their success to their conscious decision to focus solely on their core market – local government.


GMG Stone is a family owned business established in 2000. From humble beginnings with just two staff, the company has grown to employ 70 fulltime staff, operating from two factories and supplying marble, granite and reconstituted stone to the building and renovator markets. Founder, Pane, and his son Mathew, have steered the company to become one of the largest stone manufacturing companies in South East Queensland and throughout Australia.

MANUFACTURING & CONSTRUCTION – Benjamin Construction & Development

Founded in 2000, Benjamin Construction & Development provide design, constructions, refurbishment and maintenance within the Commercial, Retail & Education sectors.

The Benjamin Team have a solid reputation for professionalism, technical expertise & commitment to quality which they apply to all aspects of operations with special attention to customer service.


Sea Pen is a family owned and run manufacturing business that designs and manufacturers dry docking systems for boats from 5 m to 30m. The sea pen is a unique product and holds Australian and International patents for its design. With a strong focus on ongoing research & development, Seapen have docking solutions for a wide variety of boats – monohulls, catamarans and deep keel racing yachts.

?RETAIL, WHOLESALE & DISTRIBUTION – Shark Motorcycle Leathers & Accessories

Shark Motorcycle Leathers sells quality affordable motorcycle apparel and accessories. Founder, Matthew Kuhne has raced motorcycles since he was 4. After a motorcycle accident left him a paraplegic when he was 20 years old, he spent 2 years in rehab and started his own business. From humble beginnings in his parents’ garage, Shark Motorcycle Leathers meets the high demands for his quality motorcycling leather riding gear, cruiser wear, gloves and helmets from the company’s shop front in Helensvale.


Magic Millions Sales began exporting thoroughbreds in 1986, with a handful of horses going to New Zealand. Over the past 25 years thousands of horses have been sold all over the world. International buyers now frequent the popular Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast, in Perth and Adelaide to buy horses for racing in their country.

TRADES, PROFESSIONS & SERVICES – Australian Construction Training Services

Australian Construction Training Services (ACTS) was founded in 2006 and is now regarded as a leading provider of vocational education and training for the building and construction industry in Australia. ACTS is one of Australia’s largest privately owned Registered Training Organisations specialising in blending employment-based training and assessment tailored to individual clients needs.


With over 15 years of highly successful trading, GCOMM services GCOMM specialise in the development of dedicated Private Networks for connecting local and remote offices providing secure and efficient interoffice communications; high performance data networks for corporate Internet requirements: a secure data centre and automatic offsite data backups preventing data loss.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – Reynolds Soil Technologies

Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST) is recognised as a market leader attracting worldwide demand in providing comprehensive, environmentally friendly dust, earth and water solutions to the mining, construction, civil and agricultural industries globally.

RST is committed to continually improving products & practices focusing on the protection and improvement of the environment.


Property group wins business of year title

Dominant Gold Coast real estate company The Ray White Surfers Paradise Group has been named as the city's Business of the Year.

The company, which is headed up by brothers Andrew and Greg Bell, received the award at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards gala dinner attended by 650 of the city's business leaders at The St...

Desmond Brooks enters Business Hall of Fame

Renowned international architect Desmond Brooks has become the 11th person inducted into the Gold Coast Business Hall of Fame. Mr Brooks and the company he founded were behind the designs of some of the Gold Coast's most amazing landmarks. They include Sheraton Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, Royal Pines Resort, Marriott Surfers ...

Orbitz Elevators Lifts Business Award

Fast rising Southport-headquartered company Orbitz Elevators has lifted the Emerging Business trophy at this month's Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.
The company, which was established with a credit card, a van and a dream in November 2014, now employs 40 people.

Company founder and managing director Jonathan Dwayre said the busine...

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