October 2020 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

Gr8 Health
Gr8 Health provides an extensive range of quality health and beauty products through its online store. With more than 3000 products in stock, the company focuses on women's health, sleep and stress, gut health and immunity. Established in Southport three years ago, Gr8 Health is now emerging as a national business with more than 75% of its 2000-plus monthly orders being sent interstate.

Family Business

Plant Doctor
Plant Doctor is a manufacturer and retailer of earth-friendly products to help plants, people and animals grow. Founded by the late horticulturalist Daniel Fitzhenry, the business is now run by his son Adam while five members of the family work in the company. During the past year the company has purchased its own blending, mixing, packaging and labelling equipment and has diversified into contract manufacturing, packaging, warehousing and distribution.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Prestige Blending
Prestige Blending is a privately-owned manufacturing and packaging company that specialises in nutritional products and sports supplements. The company now blends products for 280 brands that are sold in Australia and internationally. Prestige Blending, which now has 38 employees, is on track to export to 35 countries by the end of the year.

Construction and Trades

The Usher Group
Usher Group provides professional painting, rendering, plastering, signage, electrical service solutions and property maintenance services. Established on the Gold Coast in 2003, the Usher Group has grown from a small family business into a national business that has more than 500 employees. In 2019, the company was named the Gold Coast Business of the Year.

Manufacturing

Mexx Engineering
Mexx Engineering designs and develops state-of-the-art automation solutions and robotic systems that are built to handle a range of functions. From its Arundel headquarters, the company develops customised solutions for various manufacturing industries throughout Australia. In November 2019, the company completed its first international project in New Zealand and it is now ready for more export opportunities.

Professions and Services

Bennett & Bennett Group
Bennett & Bennett is the largest survey practice on the Gold Coast and is one of the largest in Australia. Founded in 1968 by brothers Ted and Lin Bennett, the business now employs 110 people in four South East Queensland offices. The company's clients range from Mum and Dad property investors to many of Australia's largest and best-known property developers.

 

Health and Wellbeing

Weight Loss Solutions Australia
WeightLoss Solutions Australia transforms the lives of thousands of Australians through bariatric procedures and holistic patient care. Its team of industry leading surgeons, doctors, and allied health professionals currently work with around 800 patients each year. Launched in 2000, the business now has the most popular weight loss Facebook page in the world.

IT and Digital Business

Cloud Assess
Cloud Assess is a pioneer of online training and assessment for the Vocational Education and Training sector. The Coomera-headquartered Software As A Service provider works with Registered Training Organisations and companies that partner with RTOs. Its clients include the likes of McDonald's, Flight Centre, University of Western Sydney, Queensland Rail, Crown Casino and Origin.

Student Employability

Cooper & Westwood Advertising
Cooper & Westwood Advertising is full-service marketing agency, encompassing design, print, web, digital and social media marketing. Cooper & Westwood now services more than 200 clients annually. The company runs an internship program in partnership with Study Gold Coast and Griffith University. Five students have completed this program with three finding full-time roles with the agency.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Nova Biomedical
Nova Biomedical is a fast-growing national and international supplier of specialist testing and maintenance services for the health industry. The company has been on the frontline of the COVD-19 crisis, travelling throughout Australia to ensure medical equipment is operating perfectly. The company is developing wireless connections so Nova can remotely perform required testing on medical equipment.

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