August 2021 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

Axon Property Group

Axon Property Group is a veteran-owned property consultancy business that helps Australian Defence Force members, veterans and their families to secure their financial future through property. In its four years of operation, Axon Property Group has increased its revenue 15-fold and has helped 416 ADF members, veterans and families.

Family Business

Petway Petcare

Petway Petcare specialises in creating, manufacturing, and distributing pet-care products. Five of the nine employees are members of the Nash family. Celebrating its 33rd year in business, Petway Petcare has distributors throughout Australia and its products are exported to New Zealand, Singapore, USA and Israel.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Totally WorkWear Gold Coast

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 283,000 products in the past year.

Construction and Trades

Skyline Landscape Services

Launched in 1991 by brothers Colin and Chris Richardson, Skyline Landscape Services is now the largest privately owned horticultural, landscape and grounds maintenance company in Australia. After recently securing two major contracts - the Sydney City Council and Vic Roads - they are on track to employ between 600 and 700 people and to record at least 35% revenue growth in 2021-2022.


Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery

Grandad Jack’s Craft Distillery is a multi-award-winning craft distiller of premium spirits. Founded by Luke and David Ridden in 2018, the Miami-based distillery is named in honour of their grandfather. The distillery creates spirits including gin, vodka, whiskey and coffee liqueur. They have won numerous international awards and have recently opened a second distillery and tasting room in Brisbane.

Professions and 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 and Marriott Surfers Paradise. Over the past year, Burchills has seen rapid growth in Queensland and in New South Wales.

Health and Wellbeing

Medical Rescue

Medical Rescue is a specialist private, aeromedical service that provides medical teams, medical jets and search-and rescue helicopters. Providing end-to-end medical and evacuation solutions, the company has grown exponentially since its launch in 2011. Employing more than 300 people, Medical Rescue holds long-term contracts with organisations such as the Australian Defence Force, US Marine Corps and involvement in Queensland’s COVID vaccination roll-out.

IT and Digital Business

Clarity IT for Business

Clarity IT for Business is a provider of managed information technology services for small to medium-sized businesses. Established in 2018, founders Brodon Hirst and Drew Pollock specialise in helping professional services firms with between five and 200 employees. During the past year Clarity IT for Business has enjoyed strong growth in clients, revenue and employee numbers.

Student Engagement

FurTastic Friends by Bocchetta

FurTastic Friends is a family-owned business that designs its own brand of quality, lifelike plush stuffed animals. The company was originally started in Italy in 1948 and it moved to the Gold Coast in 2005. FurTastic Friends products are sold throughout Australia and has stockists in New Zealand, the USA, UK and EU. The business offers students opportunities to learn about all aspects of managing a manufacturing and distribution business.

Mayor's Innovation GC


Enviroswim is a swimming pool and spa water sanitisation specialist offering an alternative to chlorinated water. Established in 2001, Enviroswim now has one of the world’s most highly credentialed freshwater sanitization systems. Designed and manufactured on the Gold Coast, Enviroswim products are exported around the world through distributors in China, Thailand, The Philippines, New Zealand, and Italy.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Paradise Resort Gold Coast

Paradise Resort Gold Coast is one of the city’s favourite family resorts.  The 409-room resort, which opened in 1981, is now owned by Australia's largest private hotel owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz. The resort features a Waterpark, Ice-Rink and a Kids Club, as well as a range of bars and restaurants for the parents. Paradise Resort employs more than 230 staff.

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