2017 September Winners

Emerging Business:
Pet Angel Funerals

Pet Angel Funerals is a funeral home and crematorium servicing the needs of grieving pet owners.  Launched in 2015, the Molendinar-headquartered business now has 10 employees. The company now has offices on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane and is now looking to expand into the Sunshine Coast and northern NSW.

Family Business Award:
Usher & Son

Usher & Son provide professional painting, plastering, signage, swing stage solutions and building maintenance services Australia wide. Usher and Son has a team of more than 320 tradesmen and currently works with companies such as Multiplex, Hutchinson Builders, Mirvac Group, Icon Constructions, Pro Build, Sunland Group, Lend Lease and the Westfield Group.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution 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 18 franchisees. The company is now expanding throughout Australia.

Construction and Trades:
McFadyen Group

MFG specialises in construction of all forms of large scale pipe line installation in any locationfor the rivate Sector, Local and State Governments and the Mining Industry. MFGs Plant Hire division provides Clients with a fleet of modern, reliable and well-maintained equipment such as excavators ranging from 5 tonnes up to 75 tonnes.


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 more than 50 licensees throughout Australia.

Professions and Business Services Award:
The Ray White Surfers Paradise Group

Ray White Surfers Paradise Group is the Gold Coast leading real estate agency. Launched in 1989, the group now has 24 divisions and 270 staff in 15 offices on the Gold Coast, China and the USA. The company services all aspects of real estate including sales, leasing, property management and new projects. The company also has secondary operations including Marine sales and international sales and management.

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 176.

IT, Knowledge Management and Digital Services Award:
ONGC Systems

ONGC Systems is a provider of IT and Digital services. Their mission is to expand small and mid-size businesses using technology. ONGC helps companies to digitally transform so they can better engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and become an employer of choice.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award:
Experience Oz

Experience Oz has grown from a local, Gold Coast-specific business to become
the largest online booking portal in Australia and New Zealand for the tours and activities sector. The 10-year-old Surfers Paradise-based business now has 35 employees and is now expanding to China, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Mayor's Innovation GC Award:
Australasian Marine Associates

Australasian Marine Associates offers specialist consulting services for the marine
environmental engineering consulting sector. Headed by Dr Daniel Spooner and Dr Adam Cohen the business' clients include Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Waterways. The business also has many of Australia's largest ports and private consortiums investing in nearshore projects.


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