2018 Gala Awards Winners

2018 Business of the Year

Condev Construction


High-profile construction company Condev has been named the Gold Coast Business of the Year.

The Varsity Lakes-headquartered company, which is headed up by Steve and Tracy Marais, received the award at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards gala dinner attended by 680 of the city's business leaders at The Star on Saturday 10th November 2018.
The company, which launched on the Gold Coast in 2002, undertakes projects in the $1 million to $35 million range. Condev, now employs more than 100 staff.

Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards president Ian Cousins said since 2011 Condev had received nearly 55 construction and business awards, including four awards at this year's Master Builders Awards.

"As well as being leaders in the construction industry, the company does an incredible amount of work for the community,'' said Mr Cousins. "Year on, year out, Condev contributes significantly to charities, sports clubs and schools in both time and funding."

High profile construction projects that Condev has recently been involved include the recently completed James Frizelle's dealership at Gaven, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) head office and high-rise developments for Robina Land Corporation.

As well as being named as the Gold Coast's Business of the Year, Condev was also named the annual winner of the Construction and Trades award.


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Emerging Business
sponsored by Choice Homes

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Family Business
sponsored by Optus Business Centre Gold Coast

Usher Group

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Retail, Wholesale & Distribution
sponsored by Westpac

JSW Powersports

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Construction & Trades
sponsored by Harvey Norman Commercial Qld

Condev Construction

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Professions & Business Services
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Health & Wellbeing
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IT & Digital Business
sponsored by Griffith University

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Mayor's Innovation GC
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Student Employability
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sponsored by Flight Centre Business Travel

BITS Technology Group

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