May 2022 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

BJT Equipment

BJT Equipment is an emerging civil construction company which is making its mark in major Gold Coast projects. BJT Equipment, which was founded by Ben and Tobie Teudt in 2017, is now involved in the construction of both the $1 billion Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 and the $2 billion Coomera Connector road project. 

Family Business


Molendinar-headquarted Austworld is recognised as one of Australia’s leading plumbing wholesalers. With more than 2500 customers nationwide, Austworld has six warehouse centres located on the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania. Established in 1984 by the Raso family, Austworld now produce a range of more than 3000 plumbing supplies.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Wild Earth

Launched in 2005, Wild Earth is now Australia's number one independent outdoor retailer. Wild Earth has outlets on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and an online store with more than 400,000 customers on its database. The business stocks outdoor gear, clothing and footwear from more than 300 global brands including The North Face, Patagonia, Osprey and Garmin.

Construction and Trades

Lauxes Grates

Established in 2010, Lauxes Grates is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most exclusive designers and manufacturers of versatile indoor and outdoor drainage solutions. With more than  20 years of combined trade experience, our developers have created unique, innovative, and aesthetic products to meet market demands.


Plant Doctor

Plant Doctor is a Gold Coast-based company suppling exceptional earth-friendly products to help plants, animals and people grow. Over the past 12 months, Plant Doctor has focussed on improving the manufacturing arm of the business and it is now a a fully-fledged contract manufacturer and packaging supplier.

Professions and Services

Protest Engineering

Protest Engineering provides a diverse range of professional engineering services for mining, commercial and residential building, and infrastructure industries. Today, Protest Engineering continues to innovate whilst providing a quality assured service operating across the structural, geotechnical and civil engineering disciplines

Health and Wellbeing

Paradise First Aid

Paradise First Aid is a Registered Training Organisation that delivers nationally accredited training from three training centres on the Gold Coast, onsite at businesses and schools from the border up to and including Brisbane. Paradise First Aid is run by a dynamic team of 13 and more than 15 training partners around Australia.

IT and Digital Business

BITS Technology Group

BITS Technology Group is a multi-award winning managed IT services provider and consultancy operating from its head office in Varsity Lakes. Since its establishment in late 2009, the company has expanded to also have offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland and it works with clients in over 10 industries with over 250 sites.

Education, Training and Employment

The Barber Academy

The Barber Academy offers top of the range barbering education. After owning two other colleges, Gareth Philpott and his mother Dee Thomas created the Barber Academy in 2018. Taught in a family environment and working with industry leaders, The Barber Academy gives students the tools, confidence and support to become top stylists.

Mayor's Innovation GC


iCoolsport is the world's number one supplier and manufacturer of ice baths systems. Since2004, iCoolsport products have been in constant use by athletes from most countries at every Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and Pan American Games and countless other major sporting events around the world.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events


Makki is a fast-growing consulting company, specialising in destination venue creation, operations management and events management. Makki seeks to elevate the Gold Coast and more broadly Queensland as a place on the map for luxury events, cultural experiences and refined destinations.

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