June 2019 Winners

Emerging Business

Maco Electrics
Maco Electrics is a Gold-Coast based electrical contracting company offering a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential services. Having grown from 2 to 14 staff since it was launched three years ago, Maco Electrics now services body corporates managing several high-rise buildings and shopping centres as well as the Gold Coast construction industry. In its history the business has enjoyed more than 100% revenue growth year on year.

Family Business

W. Cooke Engineering
W. Cooke Engineering delivers a wide range of structural steel design, engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, supply and installation services. Established in 1972 by Wayne and Lynette Cooke three weeks before their wedding, the business is now managed and run by their three children, Wayde, Shayne and Sharyn. After 47 years, the business has expanded from its small fibro shed beginnings to a factory in Southport employing 10 staff.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

JSW Powersports
JSW Powersports is the largest watercraft dealer in Australia and has been named the number one Sea-Doo personal watercraft dealer in the world. JSW Powersports is also the Australian distributor of Sea Fox Boats, the 6th largest boat manufacturer in the US, and in 2017 was appointed as the Gold Coast's only authorised Malibu and Axis boat dealers for wakeboarding and water-skiing towboats. In 2019, JSW Powersports increased their offerings to their existing Can-Am line up to include Can-Am on-road vehicles and buggies.

Construction and Trades

NTS Group
NTS Group specialises in civil pipeline infrastructure works for governments and businesses nationwide. The privately owned NTS Group was established on the Gold Coast in 2005 and has since been has been involved with some of Queensland's most challenging civil contracting projects. This has included works on the Gold Coast Light Rail and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


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 provides the warm feel of timber with the durability of aluminium. In 2018, the company successfully sold the right to manufacture and sell their uniquely designed systems and IP in the U.S.

Professions and Business Services

Burchills Engineering Solutions
Burchills Engineering Solutions is an iconic company that has helped shape the Gold Established in 1974. The company has consistently held its reputation for being a leader in its field. Projects the company has been involved with include the Gold Coast Light Rail, Broadwater Parklands, Hope Island Resort, Ephraim Island, Sanctuary Cove, Marriot Surfers Paradise and Q1.

Health and Wellbeing

Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care Gold Coast is a specialist, national provider 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 175 .

IT and Digital Business

GCOMM is a multi-award-winning technology company that specialises in the delivery of broadband networks, cloud and managed IT services to medium businesses and corporations with multiple office locations. Established in 1996, the company now has 68 employees. GCOMM has more than 500 direct customers and 700 indirect customers throughout Australia and overseas.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

The Global Work & Travel Co.
The Global Work & Travel Co. is an international "gap year" travel company which provides meaningful and culturally educating travel experiences for the 18 to 35 year old travel market. They offer a range of trip styles including working holidays where jobs abroad are prearranged to meet the traveller's wishes. Starting out in 2008 from the founders' Gold Coast garage, Global Work & Travel Co. now employs more than 100 staff across four offices in three countries.

Student Employability

Glowing Green Australia
Glowing Green Australia is an environmental consultancy servicing a range of clients ranging from architects, town planners and childcare centres, through to schools and community organisations. Since 2016, they have worked closely with Bond University and Griffith University through their internship and work experience education programs creating student engagement into the environmental and sustainability industry.

Mayor's Innovation GC

BITS Technology Group
BITS Technology Group is a managed-IT Services and IT consulting firm. BITS services companies nationally and internationally. Clients of BITS Technology Group range from small enterprises through to listed companies such as G8 Education, Maven Dental Group and Ardent Leisure. Its founders were crowned as the 2017 and 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for technology, being ranked in the top 100 Entrepreneurs in Australia.

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