June 2022 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

Blockchain Collective

Blockchain Collective is a specialist education business specialising in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Blockchain Collective was started in direct response to a shortage of skilled individuals in the blockchain industry. Its courses are designed to meet industry needs of applying blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to new and existing businesses.

Family Business

Patterson Glass

Patterson Glass is a family-owned and operated business, employing 40 staff. Patterson Glass manufactures, supplies, and installs glass and aluminium throughout South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. The company has secured ISO certification for OHS, Environmentalism, and Quality Management Systems.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Just Sunnies

Launched in 2007, Just Sunnies is one of the leading online sunglasses retailer in Australia. With the largest catalogue of sunglasses in the country and access to over 110 major sunglasses brands, the company’s goal is to provide Australians access to high-quality eyewear at the best possible prices. The business now employs 19 people.

Construction and Trades

NTS Group

NTS Group is one of the leading water infrastructure maintenance & renewal contractors within South-East Queensland. NTS Group, which was established in 2005, now employs 65 people and has been involved with some of Queensland’s most challenging civil contracting projects. This has included works for the Gold Coast Light Rail, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Gold Coast Water and Waste.



GCMarine provides custom marine products such as pontoons, jetties, marina construction, marina management and associated services. Managing Director Matthew Browning started the business in 2015 and it now employs 42 people. As well as Australia, the company has completed projects in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Thailand.

Professions and Services


Launched in 2015 by Craig and Lucy Johnston, TCLH is a leading provider of hospitality labour hire, camp management and catering services to clients in remote industries, including mining and resources, oil & gas, and construction. The business now has 80 employees and services national and international clients throughout Australia.

Health and Wellbeing

Grahams Natural

Grahams Natural specialises in the natural treatment of skin conditions. The business specialises in researching, developing and innovating wellness treatments for the skin and for inner health. Grahams Natural is one of only a few Medical Device companies in Australia specialising in the clinical efficacy for skin treatments that are suitable for the entire family.

IT and Digital Business

TechConnect IT Solutions

TechConnect IT Solutions are experts in cloud, data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The business helps clients to unlock value from data and provides actionable business insights from data. Headquartered on the Gold Coast, TechConnect IT Solutions now has a presence across Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and South Africa.

Education, Training and Employment

The Car Place

Launched in 2020, the Car Place combines a car brokerage business, with boat sales, a workshop, a car wash, a car detailing service, a cafe and co-working spaces.  The business provides work experience for students from local schools and TAFE Colleges, school-based traineeships and has employed its first apprentice.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Simtech Creation

Specialising in total LED Display solutions, Simtech Creations offer complete custom LED display designs, manufacturing, media delivery systems and full installation services globally. Its products are showcased in casinos, hotels, entertainment, leisure, public and shopping destinations all over the globe. Headquartered on the Gold Coast, it now also has offices in Macau, Singapore and the USA.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in designing and creating leisure and entertainment solutions for theme parks, resorts, family entertainment centres and other tourist attractions. Pico Play has completed more than 80 contracts for organisations such as Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Zoo, Gamuda Water Park in Malaysia, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld and Gumbuya World.

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