August 2019 Winners

Emerging Business

Armourcon provides civil construction and project management services throughout Australia. Established in 2017 on the Gold Coast by Marc Miller, the business recently opened a NSW branch to service Sydney and the surrounding areas. In 2019, Armourcon was awarded a contract to help build the largest renewable energy solar farm within Australia to date, at Darlington Point, New South Wales.

Family Business

Plant Doctor
Plant Doctor is a family owned business supplying essential and organic products for plants,
animals and people. After extensive research, Plant Doctor identified that animals and soils were lacking two key ingredients, humates and silicates, and as a result, have now added them into their animal feeds and fertilisers. In recent years, Plant Doctor has been featured on Channel 7s Today Tonight and ABC's Gardening Australia for its innovative products.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Totally Workwear
Totally Workwear Gold Coast is an industrial and corporate uniform supplier specialising in Hi-Visibility Gear, Safety Wear, Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Boots. Totally Workwear Gold Coast is independently owned by Carey and Jason de Boer. The business has five retail stores across the Gold Coast and has sold more than 240,000 products in the past year.

Construction and Trades

Pensar Utilities
Pensar Utilities provides engineering and construction services for infrastructure projects. Its customers include all levels of government, private companies, consultants and designers. Pensar has been involved with the upgrade of the Helensvale Bus Interchange, Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two, the expansion of the Gold Coast Airport and upgrade of the Molendinar Water Treatment Plant.


Mass Products
Mass Products fabricates a wide range of products in steel, aluminium and stainless steel. The company has expertise in the design and manufacture of manhole and access covers, fall protection systems, truck loading systems and products for the water and wastewater sectors. Over the past few years, Mass Products has been awarded multiple contracts with the City of  Gold Coast for its access covers, handrails and safety grates.

Professions and Business Services

Place Design Group
Place Design Group is an internationally recognised urban planning and design consultancy organisation. Launched in 2001 on the Gold Coast, Place Design Group now has offices on the east coast of Australia, China and south-east Asia. Some of their major local projects have included the renewal of the Big Pineapple site on the Sunshine Coast and the design of the Surfers Paradise foreshore.

Health and Wellbeing

Paradise First Aid
Paradise First Aid is a specialist Registered Training Organisation that delivers approved first-aid courses. Paradise First Aid has 10 employees, three training facilities and more than 50 national third-party providers. The business performs workplace training throughout Australia. Each year more than 40,000 people enrol in one of the company's nationally accredited training courses.

IT and Digital Business

Software developer ThoughtWare owns, develops and supports software solutions and services under the brand "ion-my". The software helps clients meet compliance and governance requirements and is used in a range of industries but particularly in the aged and disability care sectors. Today more than 100,000 people are under the watchful eye of ion-my across more than 400 sites in Australia and in New Zealand.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a Gold Coast landmark. The nature-based tourism attraction prides itself on showcasing Australian wildlife and culture, as well as protecting wildlife with a community wildlife hospital. Having been in operation for over 70 years, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary annually attracts more than 570,000 guests, with over 55% being international visitors.

Student Employability

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
Gold Coast Health is responsible for delivering public health services in the region. Gold Coast Health is one of the fastest growing health services in Australia, operating three hospitals and multiple community facilities across the region. Employing more than 10,000 staff, Gold Coast Health actively supports student employment opportunities and works with TAFE Queensland, Griffith University, Bond University and Southern Cross University to provide clinical and non-clinical intern programs.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Cloud Assess
Cloud Assess are developers of online assessment software. Specifically built for the Vocational Education and Training Industry, their software can be used across all industries including the private sector, enterprise, government or not-for-profit RTOs. Established in 2013 by Rob Bright and Andrew Baker, their software is used Australia wide and has serviced more than 200,000 users, including McDonalds, Flight Centre, Origin and Queensland Rail.

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