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2014 August Winners
Mayor's Innovation GC Award:
Opmantek is one of the world's leading supplier of Network Management Software with over 50,000 organisations using Opmantek software globally. Opmantek's Network Management Information System (NMIS) was the first network management system published in open source in 1998 and has grown heavily in feature set and user base to be one of the most robust and feature rich network management systems in the world.
Environment and Sustainability Award:
Purebrandz produces socially responsible outerwear for a variety of active lifestyles. Produced using the latest green technologies, Purebrandz brings to the World the FIRST 100% recyclable outdoor apparel. To ensure that all PURE garments are recycled, Purebrandz proudly announces that they are the first in the industry to offer a trade-in price on all PURE garments.
Family Business Award:
Pacific Coast Plumbing and Maintenance
Pacific Coast Plumbing and Maintenance is a family owned and operated maintenance plumbing provider, and has been based on the Gold Coast for 22 years. An industry leader in all aspects of plumbing, Pacific Coast Plumbing and Maintenance provides a complete service for individual property owners, multi-property managers, body corporates, commercial facility managers and state government contracts.
Health and Wellbeing Award:
The Medical Rescue Group has grown exponentially since starting on the Gold Coast in 2011. The Group provides an array of services encompassing air ambulance services to the private insurance sector, rescue training services, remote clinical services, and since 2014, has begun investing in research and development of new innovative aircraft loading systems and stretcher systems, using carbon composite material based here on the Gold Coast.
Trades, Professions and Services Award:
Red & White Group
Red & White Group, a husband and wife run business, supplies the Gold Coast with water trucks, heavy haulage and a full mechanical workshop with highly qualified personnel. Providing a 24 hour, reliable and professional service, the high velocity and accurate supply of water from water monitors and accessories have afforded an edge over their competitors.
Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award:
Coolabah Tree Cafes
In its 14th year, Coolabah Tree Cafes continue to deliver a range of quality, fresh and healthy food options to the travelling public on Australia's main highways. A wholly Gold Coast-owned business which stretches across 16 Roadhouse/Travel Centre Cafes across Qld, NSW and SA. They also recently opened their 3rd Gold Coast Coolabah Tree Cafe at Helensvale, in addition to their Gold Coast National Headquarters at Upper Coomera and continue to serve great Coffee, big breakfasts, and a great burger as part of their range.
Manufacturing and Constuction Award:
Projects Queensland is a shop fitting, cabinet making, architectural joinery and project management business, specialising in luxury retail fitouts. The company was founded by Managing Director Brad Dunne in 1989, who was joined shortly after by General Manager Manuel Pena. Celebrating its 25th year in 2014, PQ has grown from a humble workshop in the laundry of Brad's Chirn Park home to a staff of over 30 with headquarters in Molendinar.
Knowledge Management and IT Award:
ONGC Systems is a wholly owned Gold Coast company incorporated in 2003. One of the fastest growing IT businesses in Australia, they provide IT services, disaster recovery services and repairs. ONGC Systems' is the key partner in South East Queensland for ACER, the 4th largest computer manufacturer in the world.
Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award:
Bob Wood Cruise Group
Bob Wood Cruise Group is Australia's premier Ground Operator specialising in unique shore excursions, pre and post and turn day operations for international and domestic cruise ships throughout Australia. Working closely with State and regional bodies to develop touring programs in all Australian locations, Bob Wood Cruise Group aims to deliver unique, cutting edge touring programs that appeal to all passenger demographics on cruise voyages in Australian waters.
Emerging Business Award:
Evolve Skateboards is a leading manufacturer of top quality electric longboards, with distribution and support centres now servicing more than 30 countries worldwide. The Evolve brand is all about quality, performance and the endless carve. Their mission is to make the highest performance electric longboards possible and to provide all the best skate accessories needed to maintain top shelf performance.