September 2022 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

KK&O Agency

KK&O Agency is a creative communications agency specialising in digital marketing, branding and public relations. Launching in 2019 in Southport, KK&O has a strong focus on tourism, hospitality and retail sectors. The company represents clients such as Harbour Town, the Dorsett Gold Coast, Little Scholars and the Australian Government.

Family Business

Global Food & Wine

Global Food and Wine is a Nerang-based family-owned food manufacturer and distributor. With more than 300 staff across 11 facilities in Queensland, Global Food and Wine services more than 4,000 customers with 2000 products, including fresh and frozen foods, seafood, beverages and wines. Established in 1957 by John Ceccato, three generations of family are now involved in the business.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Marques Flooring

Marques Flooring, a second-generation family business, supplies and educates the flooring industry throughout SEQ and Northern NSW. Established in 1986, the company has now won nine national flooring industry awards since 2011 and has grown to have four factories including a full trade store, showroom & design centre and distribution warehouse.

Construction and Trades

Usher Group

Usher Group provides professional painting, rendering, plastering, signage, electrical service solutions and property maintenance services. Established in 2001, the Usher Group now has close to 500 employees. In 2022, the Usher Group is Queensland’s largest painting contractor and continues strong relationships with key tier 1 builders such as Hutchinson Builders and Multiplex.


dnata catering

dnata catering specialises in inflight catering as well as retail, travel retail technology and airport lounge management. Headquartered in Broadbeach and employing more than 1700 staff across 9 cities throughout Australia, dnata catering produces more than 64 million meals each year. Its airline customers include Qantas, Jetstar, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Professions and Services

Orbitz Elevators

Orbitz Elevators supplies, installs, maintains, repairs and modernises elevators and moving walkways throughout Australia and overseas. The company was established by Jonathan Dwayre with a credit card, a van and a dream in November 2014. The business now employs more than 90 people with their head office on the Gold Coast, and other offices throughout Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Health and Wellbeing

Amtan Medical Group

Amtan Medical is an award-winning Medical Group with 8 medical clinics across the Gold Coast and have been delivering medical excellence for over the past 10 years. Serving over 150,000 patients, Amtan’s core model is to bring together medical experts, from general practice to specialists and allied health professionals.

IT and Digital Business

ONGC Systems

ONGC Systems is a national provider of specialist Cloud, I.T., Voice and Data Solutions for small to medium enterprises. The company enables businesses to break through today’s technology cycles to meet tomorrow’s business challenges. Established in 2003 , ONGC Systems has more than 220 active clients nationally, representing more than 5,500 touchpoints offering a full suite of ICT services.

Education, Training and Employment

GeSS Education

GeSS Education specialises in career training and university pathways. A family owned, Gold Coast based business, GeSS was established in 2012 and provides 52 educational programs to more than 250 domestic and international students. GeSS Education is a leading south-east Queensland VET qualification supplier with export educational services that include business, health and education and sport and fitness courses.

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Shoebox Books and Tax

Shoebox Books and Tax is a national bookkeeping and taxation advice franchise. Starting in 2007 on the Gold Coast, Shoebox Books and Tax has grown quickly and it now has more than 50 franchise locations nationwide. The company can now supply customers with complete bookkeeping services over the internet as well as face-to-face bookkeeping.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events


Aquaduck is Australia’s first amphibious Duck Bus City Tour. Starting in May 1996, Aquaduck is now a famous Gold Coast icon that employs 19 staff and has carried more than 2.2 million customers. During the global pandemic, Aquaduck set up operations on the Sunshine Coast and purchased Southern Cross Tours.

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