October 2023 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

Pet Drs

Pet Drs specialises in natural therapeutic solutions for pets. The company’s veterinarian-approved treatments address common issues such as itchy skin, digestive problems, joint pain, and anxiety. Established three years ago as an offshoot of skin treatment company Grahams Natural, Pet Drs is already exporting to Germany, the Philippines, America, and New Zealand.

Family Business

Auscoast Fire Services

Auscoast Fire Services is a comprehensive fire industry provider, offering design, installation, and maintenance of fire alarms, pumps, sprinklers, and protection systems. It caters to retail, residential, commercial, industrial, infrastructure, and defence sectors. Established in 2007, the Nerang headquartered business now employs 170 people.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Captain's Candy

Captain's Candy is a family-owned and operated retailer that has been based at Ashmore Factory Outlets for 12 years. It is the Gold Coast's largest retail candy and international grocery store and its services in-store, online and corporate customers. The business stocks an abundance of candy, chocolate and sodas from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA, Mexico, Holland and South America.

Construction and Trades

Rite Space

Rite Space specialises in the construction and fit-out of medical and dental practices across Australia. The business works with ASX-listed medical and corporate dental businesses to assist with their growth, as well as independent and mid-tier operators. Since it was established in 2006 the business has completed more than 400 medical and dental practices.



iCoolsport have become the global 'pioneers' in icebath technology. Since2004, iCoolsport products have been used elite by athletes competing at every Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and Pan American Games around the world. The company’s ice baths are now permanently installed in more than 100 major stadiums. More recently the company has been focused on healthcare and residential markets.

Professions and Services

GANDEN Engineers & Project Managers

GANDEN provides critical water and sanitation infrastructure design services. With eight offices stretching from Cairns to Hobart, GANDEN services all Australia. GANDEN’s vision is to ensure that all Australians have access to quality drinking water and the highest levels of sanitation and environmental protection possible. The company now employs more than 60 staff across the business.

Health and Wellbeing

Medical Rescue

Medical Rescue is a specialist health and medical evacuation company operating across the Indo Pacific. It provides air ambulance, rescue helicopter, ground ambulance and deployed health teams right across Australia for government, military and the mining and construction sectors. In 2023 the company started services in the Middle East supporting the mining and construction industry in Saudi Arabia.

IT and Digital Business

Send Payments

Send Payments is a digital payments company aiming to make it easier for both businesses and consumers to move their money around the world. Send Payments partner with established businesses losing ground to digital disruptors. The company provides embedded finance and international payments solutions for its global partners, who use their products to provide payments services to their customers.

Education, Training and Employment

Australian Paramedical College

Australian Paramedical College is a nationally recognised Registered Training Organisation that provides training for students hoping to gain employment in the healthcare sector. With its Head Office on the Gold Coast, the college also has other training facilities located in Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia. Launched in 2011, the business now has 43 employees.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Marine Air Flow International

Marine Air Flow International is an ISO-9001 certified designer and manufacturer of quality and reliable engine room ventilation equipment for the marine industry including Luxury, Commercial, Transport, Industrial & Defence sectors. Established on the Gold Coast in 2005, Marine Air Flow International supplies renowned companies such as Riviera, Maritimo, Dongara or Sirena, as well as exporting to more than 30 countries annually.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Southern Cross Tours

Southern Cross Tours has been taking guests on guided tours through the Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region since 1994. Guests explore the area’s rich flora, fauna, stunning lookouts, mesmerising waterfalls, and picturesque walking trails. In September 2022, the business received an Ecotourism Certification from Ecotourism Australia recognising its commitment to sustainability and the provision of authentic, high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.

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