2013 July Winners

Emerging Business - Universe Solar

Universe Solar provides and installs high-quality solar power systems at an affordable price whilst delivering the best possible customer service.

Whether servicing a business or residential home, Universe Solar looks after every step including engineering, financing, permits, installation and ongoing monitoring of the systems’ performance to highlight its savings.

Family Business - Lucy Cole Prestige Properties

Lucy Cole Prestige Properties is a thriving family business that today incorporates the skills of Lucy’s two sons, John as Operations Manager and Nick as Sales Manager.  Through dedication and integrity, Lucy has demonstrated that a single mother can establish and grow a successful business in a highly competitive field.  Among her many industry and community achievements is her recent nomination for the 2013 Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.

Manufacturing & Construction –  Scorpio Screens & Blinds

Scorpio Screens & Blinds are a family owned & operated manufacturing & installation company of security screens, flyscreens & window furnishings. The company has been operating for over 33 years, servicing all of Brisbane and Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Scorpio Screens & Blinds have grown from Cameron manufacturing & installing himself to a staff of almost 40, including Cameron, his wife Glenis & his 3 sons Dyson, Joshua & Andrew  & daughter in law, Chantall.

Mayors Innovation GC Award –  Aqualuma Led Lighting

Aqualuma is privately owned and was established on the Gold Coast in 2004 manufacturing LED underwater lighting and exporting to 52 countries. In 2012 Aqualuma introduced the world’s most efficient LED high bay light for commercial buildings, reducing carbon emissions and lowering power consumption by up to 75%

Retail, Wholesale & Distribution –  Morlife

Morlife, is a Gold Coast manufacturer who are passionate about their Nutrition Mission- to research into the physiological nutritional links to wellness. From this, Morlife formulates functional foods such as dark chocolate coated blueberries, goji berries and other healthy foods which provide a density of key nutrients to ensure true wellness, so that consumers can get more out of life.

Tourism, Hospitality & Events –  Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Internationally awarded Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat offers a complete spa and wellness destination to step away from our busy lives and re-focus on health.  It’s the only Eco Tourism certified health retreat in Australia and features the greatest range of program options along with the largest spa in the Southern Hemisphere.

Trades, Professions & Services - Ray White Surfers Paradise

The Ray White Surfers Paradise Group commenced in December 1989 when brothers Andrew and Gregory Bell moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast.  Over the past 24 years they have grown the company from a one office operation with 16 staff to a 15 office operation encompassing 24 divisions with a current team of 240 people.  They continually strive for growth and success and for 20 years the office has been the No. 1 office in the 1,000 strong Ray White Group.

Knowledge Management & IT - Hirum Australasia

HiRUM’s property management software provides a complete solution for accommodation providers, from initial reservation, administration of guest, management and investor accounts, to distributing the hotels inventory throughout the world. It is suitable for any size property and provides a complete integrated business solution in conjunction with our Channel Management software.

Environment and Sustainability - GreenBizCheck

Born from a concern about the ramifications of climate change, GreenBizCheck is the world’s first, online environmental certification company for office, retail, food and beverage, education, clubs, hotels and IT based businesses.

The program helps companies to quickly implement sustainable environmental practices which rapidly increase profits, attract new business, conserve energy, water, resources and minimise waste.

Health & Wellbeing - Super Sprout

Super Sprout manufactures 100% pure all Australian fruit and vegetable powders that can be added to any of your favourite recipes any time you need them. Super Sprout powders have the same nutritional qualities as eating fresh fruit and vegetables and are rated as some of the highest quality pure powders in the world.


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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