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2016 July Winners
Be My Guest Service Award
Charlotte McNeill - Escape Hunt Gold Coast
Charlotte McNeill is a Games Master at Escape Hunt Gold Coast, a new business in Southport. For those not in the know, Escape Hunt is a game where players are locked in a room with objects and little decoration and they have to search for clues and solve puzzles to escape. Charlotte has been applauded for her level of customer service. One customer said they loved the service Charlotte provided and Charlotte's help was "vital" throughout the game.
Emerging Business Award
Watmar Electrical Contractors
Established in 2013, Watmar Electrical Contractors provides commercial and residential electrical installations and maintenance services. The company has grown to become the preferred electrical contractor for many Gold Coast businesses including builders, renovation companies, bodies corporate, hotels and real estate agencies.
Family Business Award
John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach
John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach is a family owned real estate agency that has been operating for 43 years. Started by John Henderson, it is now run by two of his sons, Andrew and Luke Henderson. The business, which dominates the Mermaid Beach market employs 28 people, has average annual property sales of more than $100 million and manages more than 600 properties. Six employees are members of the Henderson family.
Manufacturing and Construction Award
Yatala-based Quality Energy designs and manufactures Power Factor Correction systems, which help raise business efficiency, lower their carbon footprint and reduce the risk of equipment failure. Originally established in Melbourne in 1995, the company moved to the Gold Coast to take advantage of Energex's decision to change the way it charges users of large amounts of electricity. The company has not looked back since.
Mayor's Innovation GC Award
Evolve Skateboards is a world-leading manufacturer of top quality electric longboards, with distribution and support centres now servicing more than 30 countries. Their mission is to make the highest performance electric longboards as possible. With the launch of their latest model, the Carbon GT, they sold more than $1 million worth of electric skateboards in one day. The company recently held its first Evolve Skateboards World Cup in France.
Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award
Totally WorkWear Gold Coast are industrial and corporate uniform suppliers specialising in Hi Visibility Gear, Safety Wear, Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Boots. With four retail stores in the Gold Coast region, Totally WorkWear Gold Coast is an independently owned and operated member of a national buying group and has sold more than 100,000 different products in the past year.
Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award
The Village Markets
The Village Markets is a fashion and lifestyle market event, showcasing up to one hundred stalls per event as well as live local music by emerging artists. Established in 2008 by Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller, The Village Markets were the Gold Coast's first boutique fashion, art, vintage and creative market. The Village Markets aims to provide a launch pad and retail outlet for talented small creative businesses and musicians.
Trades, Professions and Services Award
Coast 2 Coast Earthmoving
Coast 2 Coast Earthmoving is a family owned business that was started by Kevin Bycroft in 1967. He was soon joined by sons Robyn and Ross in 1969 and in 1998 the reigns were handed over to the third generation of the family. A leading independent company in the earthmoving industry, C2C specialise in bulk earthworks, excavation, demolition and boulder sea walls across South East Queensland with many of the prominent buildings that fill the Gold Coast skyline and boulder sea walls along its beaches; a result of C2C operations. The company now has operations on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast and they have a fleet of 400 earth-moving machines.
Knowledge Management and IT Award
GCOMM is a multi-award winning technology company that specialises in the delivery of enterprise-grade, managed IT services to medium businesses and corporations with multiple office locations. Its customers including national and international operations. Established in 1996, the company has grown from a small four-person enterprise to a mature business with over 40 employees.
Environment and Sustainability Award
Regen Australia is an environmental management company that provides ecological restoration services. Regen provides services including planning, consultancy, project management, monitoring and reporting. Since Regen was established, they have grown and planted more than 2 million native plants and have completed more than 1000 ecological restoration projects.
Health and Wellbeing Award
JUMP! Swim Schools
Established in 2011, JUMP! Swim Schools is a franchisor of word-class learn-to-swim programs throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Surfers Paradise headquartered company is growing quickly with 30 swims schools now open and a further 81 swim schools under contract. The company is looking to expand further overseas with a JUMP! Swim School opening in the Philippines in the next three months and marketing campaigns under way in the USA and Brazil.