2016 June Winners


Be My Guest Service Award

Kirstyn Murphy - Clifford's Grill & Lounge, Watermark Hotel

Kirstyn Murphy, Food and Beverage Attendant from Clifford's Grill & Lounge at the Watermark Hotel, received seven nominations from customers for the June awards. The judges were impressed with Kirstyn's commitment to consistently providing superior levels of customer service. In the words of one of her customers: "We come to  Clifford's most Wednesdays, Kirstyn and the other girls look after us with the best service ever.  I have recommended  Clifford's to many friends and no one is ever disappointed."

Emerging Business Award

Local Web Experts

Local Web Experts is a digital marketing agency that provides services nationally and overseas. The business is a full service agency providing everything from web design, Adwords, FacebookMarketing and Search Engine Optimisation through to call tracking and lead generation services.In December 2015 Google Partners recognised Local Web Experts as being among the top 10 digital agencies in the Asia Pacific region.

Family Business Award

5 Star Timbers

5 Star Timbers is a leading timber merchant that provides customers with quality supplies of legal and sustainably sourced timber products. The company stocks a wide variety of timber and hardware including structural timbers,engineering wood products, wood panels and profiled products such as decking, flooring and cladding. Founded eight years ago, the Stapylton-headquartered business now has 20 employees.

Manufacturing and Construction Award


Knotwood is an Australian owned and operated company that produces high quality, wood-look aluminium systems for fencing, decking and gating, as well as many other interior and exterior applications. By using innovative technology, Knotwood systems give you the warm feel of timber with the durability of aluminium. The company has 50 licensees throughout Australia.

Mayor's Innovation GC Award

Brauer Industries

Brauer Industries, which was setup in 2004, is now Australia's leader in Air and Water Purification. Manufacturing Ozone-based technologies for both Commercial and residential application. Brauer Industries has Produced, patented and proven the effectiveness of their ozone technology across a large portfolio of products in many industries and are heavily invested in research and development to improve the standard of air and water treatment across the country making for a sustainable future.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award

BrandPoint Distributors

BrandPoint is a design, manufacturing and distribution company. BrandPoint is the official distributor of more than 20 global health & beauty brands, which range from prestige fragrances and skincare to mass market bath & body brands. In addition, the company also owns six health and beauty brands. The company recently signed a strategic partnership with Sony Music Australia to develop beauty brands around key Sony performers.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award

Timezone Gold Coast

Timezone Gold Coast consists of two indoor entertainment centres at Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. The Surfers Paradise operation, which spans 5000sqmis the largest indoor entertainment centre in Australia  and entertains more than 1.2 million visitors each year. In the past 12 months the company has invested $3.5 million to enable it to open a 3000sqm facility at Coolangatta in February this year.

Trades, Professions and Services Award

Keolis Downer Gold Coast

Keolis Downer Gold Coast is the operator of G:Link, the Gold Coast's light rail service. The company was established in 2011 and now has 155 employeesinlcuding 55 drivers.G:link currently transports an average of 20,000 passengers a day and 1726 tram services between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach every week. Since KDGC started testing its light rail vehicles, they have now covered more than 950,000km.

Knowledge Management and IT Award


Genesearch was founded in 1980 by a group of scientists and is now Australias oldest continuously owned private biotechnology company. Over the years it has been involved in contract research and product development in enzymes, waste treatment and bacteria for agricultural use. Genesearch has become a major supplier of biochemicals to Australian researchers in molecular, cell and medical biology.

Environment and Sustainability Award

Rocky Point Mulching

Rocky Point Mulching is a third generation owned and operated company. Situated on the northern end of the Gold Coast, innovation is at the heart of the business. Starting life as a sugarcane farming operation the business evolved into a company providing garden products including recycled timber mulch and coloured mulch. This year the company created Rocky Point Recycling and the operation aims re-use all organic waste now dumped at landfill sites.

Health and Wellbeing Award


Arundel-based Morlife is a functional foods company that manufactures specialised foods which contain vast amounts of nutritional value. Their functional foods are designed for specific purposes, which leads to better quality lives for consumers. Morlife products are available through major retailers including Woolworths, Coles, Costco, and IGA as well as health food stores. The company, which has 65 employees, exports to Asia and the Middle East.



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