September 2023 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

ecoCORK Acoustics Australia

ecoCORK Acoustics Australia manufactures acoustic insulation underlay and panels made from cork. The company was launched in 2021 by the Marques family after years of product development and testing. The company now sells Insulation Acoustic Underlay to be used under floor coverings, Peel & Stick Cork wall tiles, and custom cork products.

Family Business

SEE Group

SEE Group is a group of companies comprising SEE Civil, Quarry Solutions, Civil Rent and DMC Quarries. Founded by the Turner family, the group specialises in integrated project delivery solutions for civil infrastructure, urban development, quarrying, material processing, and plant management.  Since 2015, SEE Group has grown at an unprecedented rate and it now employs more than 340 people.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

AAC Wristbands & ID Solutions

AAC Wristbands & ID Solutions is a Gold Coast manufacturing company specialising in identification and branding solutions. The business offers a wide range of products, including wristbands, lanyards, ID cards, printed marketing, apparel, promotional products, and printed signs. AAC is the manufacturer of Tyvek wristbands and supplies more than 50 million wristbands every year worldwide.

Construction and Trades

Usher Group

Usher Group provides professional painting and associated services. Established in 2001, the Usher Group now has 340 employees. In 2022, the Usher Group is Queensland’s largest painting contractor and continues strong relationships with key tier 1 builders such as Multiplex, Mirvac & Hutchinson Builders.


Macro Mike

Mike Kellett started his health food business, Macro Mike, in 2016 in his one-bedroom apartment. Macro Mike’s protein products, healthy treats and supplements are now sold in more than 4,000 stores across the country including Coles supermarkets. Macro Mike has recently consolidated all its manufacturing from five separate sites into one 2000sqm factory and now manufactures products for other companies. 

Professions and Services

Shoebox Books & Tax

Shoebox Books & Tax is a national bookkeeping and tax franchise. Founders Sandie Menzies and  Yvette Coad established the business in 2007 as a bookkeeping firm and then started its franchise operations in 2012. The multi-award winning business now has more than 55 franchises throughout Australia.

Health and Wellbeing

Oi Cosmetic Studio

Founded in 2010, Oi Cosmetic Studio is a a multi-award-winning skin clinic based at Helensvale. The services provided by the business include high-end skin treatments such as Medical-grade chemical peels, advanced microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, Oxygen therapy, Lymphatic facials, Plasma skin treatments and IPL skin rejuvenation. The business has enjoyed exceptional growth during the past 12 months and new employs 13 people.

IT and Digital Business

Tech Help Direct

Tech Help Direct is a Gold Coast based supplier of managed ICT services. Employing 19 people, its clients range from range from 10-person specialist medical clinic to the Stone & Wood brewery business. In the past Tech Help Direct received international certification in the fields of quality assurance and information security.

Education, Training and Employment


Langports English Language College is a second generation, family-owned business that has delivered exceptional English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses to students from more than 70 countries. Established in 2007, the colleges employs 62 people and has campuses on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. Langports has been named Best Language School in Australia on multiple occasions.

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Regen Australia

Regen Australia, which was established 25 years ago, provides holistic environmental management services from planning to project completion. The business employs 55 people in its native plant nursery, natural area restoration services, revegetation, and environmental consultancy services. Regen Australia has now cultivated more than 4 million native plants and has contributed to the successful completion of more than 1600 ecological restoration projects.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Gold Coast Motor Museum

Gold Coast Motor Museum is a “must-visit” destination for car lovers. Launched in 2020 by Carl Amor & Grant Amor, the business includes a museum showcasing more than 80 vehicles from 1911 through to 2003 and Stanley’s Barn Restaurant, a themed restaurant.  In the past three years more than 100,000  people have visited the museum and the restaurant.

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