July 2020 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

Shepherd Filters
Shepherd Filters manufactures and sells disposable kitchen grease filters that help restaurants reduce cleaning costs and their potential fire risk. The company is the brainchild of Jeremy Kronk, who researched the concept while recovering from third degree burns to 52% of his body. Shepherd Filters are made from 100% wool, are naturally flame resistant, are biodegradable and renewable.

Family Business

Neumann Steel
Neumann Steel was established in 1970 and now has more than 230 employees at its five locations. Its product range includes steel reinforcing mesh, specialty bar products, prefabrication services, precision engineering, injection moulding and fleet transportation. Neumann Steel is part of the Neumann Group, which was started by Robert Neumann. The Neumann family have been in business on the Gold Coast since 1922.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Macro Mike
Former bodybuilding competitor Mike Kellett started his health food business Macro Mike three years ago in his one-bedroom apartment. The company has now three Gold Coast premises including a state-of-the-art production facility, a range of more than 50 products that are sold nationally and internationally, and annual sales of more than $6 million.

Construction and Trades

Dynamic Hydro Excavations
Dynamic Hydro Excavations is the market leader in using high-pressure water and high-volume wet vacuum as an alternate method to traditional earthmoving techniques. The company performs traditional earthmoving, CCTV pipe inspections, service locating, street sweeping and numerous specialised services in the civil and construction industry. Established in 2003 by Gold Coast local Andrew Smith, the company now employs 130 people and is now looking for export opportunities.


GCD Exhibitions
GCD is a family owned company that traditionally builds custom exhibition displays.  But after COVID-19 hit and revenues fell to zero, the company pivoted into a new specially area. The company now manufactures hygienic barriers and sneeze guards, supplies COVID-19 signage and graphics, barriers to keep social distancing in place and a wide range of COVD-19 supplies for businesses.

Professions and Services

MWM Advisory
MWM is an emerging mid-tier accounting firm that provides strategic accounting and advisory support with a holistic approach to each client. Its services include Compliance, Tax Planning, Business Services, Asset Protection, Self-Managed Superannuation Fund SMSF Administration and Information Management. Now employing 23 people, MWM enjoyed significant growth since the company was launched seven years ago.

Health and Wellbeing

Tribes Adventure Group
Tribes Adventure Group provides an innovative adventure-based approach to improve the wellbeing of its clients. The company's services provide an alternative to mainstream NDIS and mental health services. Tribes Adventure Group provides one-to-one mentoring, group day activities and adventure camps to youth at risk, people with a disability and people with a mental illness within the Gold Coast region.

IT and Digital Business

Tech Connect IT Solutions
TechConnect is an Amazon Web Services Advanced Consulting Partner, located on the Gold Coast. The company has expertise in deep data science, analytics, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence. TechConnect provides architectural solutions and managed services to business. Established nine years ago, the business now employs 38 people.

Student Employability

Glowing Green Australia
Glowing Green Australia is a Gold Coast based environmental consultancy business that specialises in Waste Management Plans, Sustainability Plans and Auditing Assessments, Project development application processes, and environmental education programs. The business provides support education about waste and environmental science in 30 schools across the Gold Coast and during the past three years has taken on 16 interns.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Grassports Australia
Grassports Australia designs, constructs, refurbishes and surfaces sport and recreation facilities. Established in January 2015, the company has now completed projects for more than 50 schools and more than 45 clubs as well as developers and councils throughout Queensland and NSW. In just five years Grassports has gone from having no presence in Queensland to now holding a large share of the market.

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