May 2021 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

Fetch N Fun Wellness and Daycare
Fetch N Fun Wellness and Daycare provide the largest, and dedicated dog day-care centre on the Gold Coast. The business provides dog daycare, behaviour training and dog wellness programs such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition and vet checks. Fetch N Fun have seen their client base rise from 75 visits per week to 350 visits per week over the past 2 and a half years.

Family Business

Rackley Swimming
Rackley Swimming operates 27 leisure and sporting facilities in South-East Queensland. The three core areas of the business are facilities management, swim school management and health club management. Founded in Burleigh Heads in 1997 by Trevor and Lyn Rackley, the business began with a single swim school in the renovated Burleigh Beach Baths. Now employing close to 1,000 employees, Rackley Swimming have had 3 generations of family launch and manage the business since 1951.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Headquartered in Molendinar, Austworld is a wholesaler and distributor of plumbing supplies. Recognised as one of Australia's leading plumbing wholesalers with more than 2500 customers nationwide, Austworld has six warehouse centres on the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania. Established in 1984 by Sam Raso selling from the boot of his car, Austworld now produce a range of more than 3000 plumbing supplies.

Construction and Trades

Dynamic Hydro Excavation
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 growth opportunities.


Patterson Glass
Patterson Glass is a family-owned and operated business, employing 30 staff. The Nerang-based company manufactures, supplies, and installs glass and aluminium throughout South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. Patterson Glass has won a number of government grants, positioning it as a leader within the industry. The company has secured ISO certification for OHS, Environmentalism, and Quality Management Systems.

Professions and Services

GANDEN Engineers and Project Managers
GANDEN provides engineering and project management services for government, mining and the resources sectors, the construction industry and industrial clients. GANDEN now works with every water authority in South-East Queensland. Based in Varsity Lakes, GANDEN now also has offices in Cairns, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Victoria. The company now employs 36 staff across the business.


Health and Wellbeing

AlphaFit is a Molendinar-headquartered manufacturer and distributor of fitness equipment. Established in 2012 by Gold Coast brothers Jamie and Bobby Montesalvo, the company has enjoyed steady growth in the B2B market and in recent times experienced strong growth in the home gym market. This has led the company to increase staff numbers by 30% over the past year.

IT and Digital Business

TechConnect IT Solutions
Technology company TechConnect IT Solutions are experts in cloud, data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Using its partnerships with leading technology vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, the business unlocks value from data and delivers actionable business insights. Established in 2011, TechConnect now employs 46 people across Australia.

Student Engagement

Integrated Human Resourcing
Integrated Human Resourcing supports business owners with services related to recruitment, employee management, preparation of employment documentation, training and termination management. Integrated Human Resourcing has fostered student employability by mentoring university students weekly over a 4-month period annually since 2019, as well as engaging HR interns and providing them with invaluable HR experience.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Auscoast Fire Services
Auscoast Fire Services designs, supplies, installs and maintains fire protection systems. Launched in 2007, Auscoast works with building and construction companies, commercial and industrial, and government and defence customers throughout the Eastern seaboard. Auscoast has been involved with high-profile projects such as the Hope Island Shopping Centre, Ruby and Miami Ice high-rise residential apartments, Cobar hospital and Costco Ipswich.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Hallmark Group
Established in 2014, Hallmark Group owns and operates 11 restaurants, bars and nightclubs across Australia. Employing 250 staff, Hallmark Group is a multi-award winning business that offers a unique experience at each of their branded venues. Hallmark Group's portfolio includes 6 venues on the Gold Coast, including the The Cavill Hotel, Finn McCool's and Asylum Nightclub in Surfers Paradise and Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria in Broadbeach Waters.

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