May 2023 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

Nat'v Basics

Launched in 2019, Nat’v Basics sells environmentally friendly clothing, including underwear, sleepwear and loungewear. Their garments are made with 80% or more TENCEL modal fibres, which originate from sustainably grown beech trees. Nat’v Basics services consumers throughout Australia, as well as New Zealand and the USA via their online store.

Family Business

Direct Compressor

Established 28 years ago, Direct Compressor is a family business that specializes in compressor sales, servicing, hire, air-line systems and air filtration. Servicing customers from Ballina to North Brisbane, Direct Compressor provides air compressors for uses in multiple industrial settings. The family business employs 6 staff, 5 of whom are family members.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

The Inappropriate Gift Co

The Inappropriate Gift Company is an online gift shop that sells unique, quirky, rude and funny gifts for people who like to have a laugh. Lorena and Ben Phegan set up the business in their kitchen in 2017. The business now sends gifts to customers in more than 70 countries.

Construction and Trades

Clamroc Constructions

Clamroc Constructions is a small, family run construction company specialising in new residential home builds with a focus on exceptional attention to detail. Established 10 years ago by Tony Parente, the company has now expanded into shopfitting, the construction of medical and dental centres and the refurbishment of existing dwellings. Clamroc Constructions has won multiple Master Builders Awards.


Lauxes Grates

Established in 2010, Lauxes Grates designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor linear drainage solutions. The company has developed a range of unique, innovative, and award-winning products to meet market demands. Now employing 45 staff, Lauxes Grates recently expanded to America, opening a warehouse to service the US market.  

Professions and Services

Attwood Marshall Lawyers

Established in 1946 by Eric Attwood, Attwood Marshall Lawyers provide legal services spanning all areas of law. Now employing more than 60 people, Attwood Marshall has 6 office locations around Australia, with 4 of those offices located across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales.

Health and Wellbeing

Oasis Dental

Oasis Dental Group aims to provide patients with an unparalleled experience and level of dental care. Launched in 2017, the business now employs 150 people. The Broadbeach headquartered Oasis Dental Group has dental studios in Broadbeach, Chirn Park, West End, Pottsville and Palm Beach.

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

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 14 and a network of training partners around Australia.

Mayor's Innovation GC


GCMarine provides custom marine products such as pontoons, jetties and marinas, marina management and associated services. Managing Director Matthew Browning started the business in 2014 and it now employs 45 people. During the past 12 months, GCMarine built the innovative floating beach club “La Luna” at Marina Mirage and diversified to offer marina and boatyard management services.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

The Langham Gold Coast

The Langham is the Gold Coast's newest luxury hotel. Located on the beachfront between Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, The Langham now employs 350 people. Guests can enjoy accommodation in hotel rooms, suites and serviced apartments. The Langham also provides meeting and event services, a day spa, bars and restaurants.

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