October 2021 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

Teleco Automation

Teleco Automation is an importer and wholesaler of a range of high-quality LEDS and motor and remote-control systems. The remote-control systems are used for automation of roofs, awnings and shutters for outdoor and indoor use. The business offers more than 350 individual products across 5 categories. Some of Teleco Automation’s customers within Australian and New Zealand include Stratco, Sunspec and LouvreHouse.

Family Business

Diego's Authentic Fine Foods

DeAnn and Colin Thomson started Diego’s Authentic Fine Foods in Miami 25 years ago to create handmade white corn tortillas, tortilla chips and salsas. The business now employs more than 50 people and supplies a range of wraps, corn chips and tortillas Australia-wide and internationally. Three generations of the family have worked in the business.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Tough Trucks

Tough Trucks imports and sells luxury North American trucks and accessories from SCA Performance of Alabama, which are the USA’s premier provider of high end, lifted and performance sport trucks. Started by owner Mark Ritson in 2017, Tough Trucks has grown significantly over the past 4 years. In 2021, Tough Trucks expanded their product range to now include Jeeps and Chevy’s to their initial offering of Ford trucks.

Construction and Trades

SEE Group

SEE Group specialises in civil construction with a focus in four main areas - civil infrastructure, quarry ownership and operation, civil plant management and quarry and material supply. SEE Group’s largest projects include infrastructure to support Coomera Town Centre, the expansion of the Gold Coast Airport and the Surfers Paradise Sand Backpass Pipeline Project, which will pump sand from The Spit to Surfers Paradise.


Superior Jetties

Superior Jetties manufactures and installs high quality marine systems, pontoons, modular docks, boat lifts and jet ski docks. Operating for over 30 years, Superior Jetties is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the domestic and commercial marine sector, both within Australia and internationally. Superior Jetties won the tender to build the superyacht berth at the Southport Yacht Club.

Professions and Services

Michael Bale & Associates

Michael Bale & Associates is a structural & civil engineering consultancy firm. The business delivers a wide range of projects including residential high rises, land subdivisions, commercial retail centres, industrial, and government buildings. Established in 2012, Michael Bale & Associates now employs 23 people on the Gold Coast and in Perth.

Health and Wellbeing

Grahams Natural

Grahams Natural specialises in the natural treatment of all skin conditions. Founded 20 years ago, their original C+ Eczema cream gained a cult following after being featured on national media. Over the past 20 years, the company has researched and developed products to treat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, diabetic foot care and sun care. Grahams now ship products to more than 15 countries.

IT and Digital Business

Powertec Wireless Technology

Hardware and communications company, Powertec Wireless Technology, helps businesses and people to communicate and be connected no matter where they are based. Powertec has developed a Dealer base across Australia and New Zealand of more than 1,000 businesses. These include companies like Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone in Australia and Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees in New Zealand.

Student Engagement

Cohort Innovation Space

Cohort Innovation Space is a coworking, innovation and laboratory space that is home to entrepreneurs, researchers, students, experts and mentors. Cohort supports Gold Coast founders with a start-up accelerator, founders clubs and business support programs. Cohort is involved with multiple programs that are designed to engage university students and high school students.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Brauer Swim

Brauer Swim is an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of water purification and disinfection technologies for residential and commercial needs. Brauer’s commercial pool purification technology has been proven to kill viruses in the water 3,500 times faster than chlorine alone. In 2021, Brauer Swim was awarded contracts from 13 city councils while every theme park in Australia now uses Brauer technology.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Gold Coast Turf Club

The Gold Coast Turf Club is an icon of the Gold Coast. It provides thoroughbred racing, training facilities and more than 20 event spaces on a 34ha site in the heart of the Gold Coast. Each year the club hosts about 60 race meetings. The club has 36 full-time employees and this figure swells to more than 600 employees during major race days.      

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