May 2016 Winners


Be My Guest Service Award

Karen Gixti (Surf City Transfers)

Karen Grixti is a Personal Booking Consultant Manager who is our first ever winner of our Be My Guest Service Award. Karen received seven nominations from different clients. All the nominations noted that Karen is prompt, professional, courteous and efficient. In fact, most of the people who nominated Karen said they would have no hesitation in recommending Surf City Transfers to their friends and family.


Emerging Business Award

Aston Milan Homes

Aston Milan Homes is a leading Queensland home building group. The company designs and builds a range of high quality, affordable homes that can be customised to suit the lifestyle and needs of its customers. Formed in 2011, the company has quickly grown to now employ 38 full time staff at the Southport head office and it hires about 100 sub-contractors across the South East Queensland region.

Family Business Award

Bentley's Camera House

Camera retailer Bentley's Camera House has what is arguably the best range of Digital Cameras and photography accessories on the Gold Coast. Members of the Bentley family have been selling cameras on the Gold Coast since the 1980s and the Bentleys now have two stores on the Gold Coast, Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre.

Manufacturing and Construction Award

 Coffee Roasters Australia

Coffee Roasters Australia specialises in designing, manufacturing and supplying high quality coffee roasting equipment. Established in 2002 as a distributor for Coffee Roasting machines, the company now manufactures its own coffee roasting equipment; its designs and creates coffee roasting software which is now sold internationally, it manufactures coffee capsules and it provides industry training. The company is now expanding internationally.

Mayor's Innovation GC Award


Guvera is a music and entertainment streaming service that gives its 16 million global members free access to millions of tracks from local and international artists, legally. With more than 30 million songs licensed globally, Guvera is a one-stop destination for music lovers. First developed a little more than eight years ago to combat the piracy that was crippling the global music industry, the company now employs 150 people.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award

 ABC Brick Sales

ABC Brick Sales is among the largest supplier of building, construction, landscaping and gardening equipment in South East Queensland. Its range of products includes bricks and blocks, pavers, soils, cements and glues, builders hardware, tools and steel reinforcements. The company was first set up 35 years ago and has grown to become a multi outlet chain with a booming online store.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award

Crema Espresso

Crema Espresso Franchising is a franchisor of high quality coffee shops. Crema Espresso was initially set up as a single store in Tedder Avenue, Main Beach in 2005. The first franchise was sold in 2007 and the company now has 16 franchisees. The company is now expanding throughout Australia.



Trades, Professions and Services Award

 Tailored Media

Tailored Media is one of the Gold Coast's largest advertising and marketing agencies. Owned by husband and wife Brendon and Helen Sinclair, the company has enjoyed significant growth of the business over the past two years. The company has opened a second office in Melbourne and is now servicing the needs of customers internationally as well as throughout Australia.

Knowledge Management and IT Award

 Medical Rescue

The Medical Rescue Group has continued to grow 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 and remote clinical services. As well as its Tugun headquarters, Medical  now also operates in Brisbane, Perth, Broome, Melbourne, Sydney, Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand.

Environment and Sustainability Award


Launched 18 years ago, e-CBD is now a full service digital agency providing web design, internet marketing, social media monitoring, search engine optimisation and graphic design services. E-CBD is a fully accredited user of Green Power. The office roof holds 65 solar panels capable of providing e-CBD with all the electrical power the company needs for its day-to-day operations. E-CBD has been recognised by the Australian Government for its commitment to creating a carbon neutral footprint.

Health and Wellbeing Award

 Home Instead Senior Care Gold Coast

Home Instead Senior Care Gold Coast is a specialist, national providers of high quality in-home care for older Australians. The company helps seniors live independently and comfortably in their own homes. The number of caregivers employed by the company has grown since the company was launched in 2006 from six to 146.


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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