2014 September Winners

Mayor's Innovation GC Award:

Efficiency Leaders

Efficiency Leaders is a technology business focussing on business process analysis, redesign and automation. Their business helps eliminate data entry inaccuracies and reduce processing costs by up to 80% for medium to large enterprise. By automating the extraction of information from documents into back office systems, they save organisations on time, money and make their jobs easier.


Environment and Sustainability Award:

Quantum Power

Quantum Power is one of Australia’s leaders in anaerobic digestion systems and biogas-fuelled power station installations. They have designed and constructed more biogas-fuelled power stations in Australia than any other company and successfully delivered biogas projects across a target range of industries, including: piggeries, layer chickens, abattoirs, rendering plants and dairy factories, resulting in the delivery of economic and environmental benefits.


Family Business Award:

Annabel Trends

Annabel Trends is a designer, manufacturer, importer and wholesaler of specialty goods. Starting on the kitchen table of Ann Dawe in 1967, Annabel Trends now manufactures and sells more than 500,000 items a year from a range of 2477 different products. These include gardenware, kitchenwares, giftwares, homewares and children’s toys, to name a few. Their products can be found in more than 3000 stores and they export to six different countries.


Health and Wellbeing Award:

Skin O2

SkinO2 is a Burleigh Heads-based cosmedical cosmetics company. It annually sells more than 100,000 of its 100 different cosmedical cosmetics products through 200 clinics and stores throughout Australia and overseas. Its products include clinically proven skincare products, makeup, cosmetics and professional salon treatments.


Trades, Professions and Services Award:


GHD is an international professional services company, specialising in engineering, architecture and environmental consulting services. Established in 1928, GHD employs more than 5,500 people across five continents and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.


Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award:

The Surfboard Warehouse

The Surfboard Warehouse offers incredible quality surfboards, stand up paddle boards and accessories without the hefty price tag. They are a family business and all of their staff are local surfers who love what they do; providing our customers with unbeatable service. They are the only surf retail store offering a 6 month warranty on their boards.


Manufacturing and Constuction Award:

Digga Australia

Digga Australia is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving attachments and planetary drive gearboxes for the Construction & Earthmoving Machinery Industry. Employing over 200 staff on the Gold Coast, Digga currently exports to over 60 countries from 3 major facilities in Australia, England and America.  100% Australian owned and operated, Digga have one of the largest fully integrated manufacturing facilities in Queensland.


Knowledge Management and IT Award:

ICON Software Solutions

ICON Software Solutions provides software and services that transform the way Government agencies provide service to the community via the Internet. The eGovernment systems they design, allow the community to voice opinions, lodge and track development applications, complete customer requests, lodge complaints, book a facility or be notified as soon as something of interest is displayed on the Council website.


Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award:

RACV Royal Pines Resort - Conference and Events

With the completion of its multi million redevelopment in 2013 and 2014, RACV Royal Pines Resort at Benowa has cemented its position as one of Queensland’s finest five-star hotels. Their conference facilities can accommodate groups ranging from eight to 1800 delegates by offering an impressive pillarless ballroom, 14 versatile meeting spaces or myriad outdoor event venues.


Emerging Business Award:

Above and Beyond Funerals

Above and Beyond Funerals offer a professional and understanding funeral service that supports and guides their clients through what can be difficult decisions. They work with clients to create a personal service that express the individual nature of their loved one with dignity and compassion. They believe in keeping a funeral service affordable, whilst ensuring what is presented will leave lasting fond memories.



SEE Group sees off the opposition to win award

  Civil construction company SEE Group is building a stronger reputation after winning a major business award. The Gold Coast company, which was established in 1988 and now employs 240 people, has won the Gold Coast Business Excellence Award for Construction and Trades for August. Company director Mark Turner and marketing ad...

Evolve Skateboards races to another victory

Internationally expanding Gold Coast-based Evolve Skateboard has claimed another award victory. The Varsity-Lakes headquartered company, which now sells designer electric skateboards in 30 countries, was named the winner of the Manufacturing category for the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards for July.

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Emerging company aims to become big cheese

Gold Coast company Dairy Free Down Under is on its way to becoming the "big cheese" after collecting a prestigious new business award. Dairy Free Down Under, which is now Australia's only large-scale manufacturer of gluten free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly cheese substitutes; was named the winners of the Emerging Busines...

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