May 2024 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

Burleigh Wagon

The brainchild of Regan Merka, Burleigh Wagon’s products are designed to help make family outings more pleasant. The business designs, manufactures and sells all-terrain wagons to transport children and beach gear. Launched in 2019, the wagons now include features like built-in eskies, large rubber tyres, convertible bench seating, heavy duty storage racks, and even phone chargers

Family Business

Patterson Glass

Patterson Glass is an award-wining business and operated by the Patterson/Wheway family. Established in 2010, the Nerang-based Patterson Glass now employs 40 people and manufactures, supplies, and installs glass and aluminium throughout South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. The company has secured ISO certification for WHS, Environmentalism, and Quality Management Systems.

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 13 years. It is the Gold Coast's largest retail candy and international grocery store and it 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, South America, and the Netherlands.

Construction and Trades

Dynamic Hydro Excavations

Dynamic Hydro Excavations is the market leader in using high-pressure water and high-volume wet vacuums as an alternate method to traditional earthmoving. The company performs traditional earthmoving, CCTV pipe inspections, service locating, street sweeping and numerous specialised services in the civil and construction industry. Established in 2003 by Andrew Smith, the company now employs 130 people.


Lauxes Grates

Established in 2010, Lauxes Grates is Australia’s and New Zealand’s market leader in the design and manufacturing of aluminium linear drainage solutions. The company has developed a range of unique, innovative, and award-winning products to meet market demands. Now employing 50 staff, Lauxes Grates recently expanded to America, opening a warehouse to service the US market.

Professions and Services

Koste Chartered Quantity Surveyors

Koste Chartered Quantity Surveyors is a leading provider of tax depreciation and asset services in Australia. The company was established in 2014 by CEO Mark Kilroy and now employs 10 people. Koste has partnered with national valuation chain Herron Todd White and has developed software which clients use to produce accurate and compliant tax depreciation schedules.

Health and Wellbeing

Radiant Radiology

Radiant Radiology is an emerging force in digital imaging, expanding its footprint across Gold Coast and Logan. With advanced facilities and a dedicated team, the company delivers exceptional radiology services and fosters partnerships with medical centres. The company opened its first practice in Pimpama in 2018 and recently opened its fourth practice in Elanora.

IT and Digital Business

Powertec Wireless Technology

Powertec Wireless Technology is an international wireless technology company established in 1995. The company comprises a team of over 90 permanent staff, a network of more than 100 telecommunications contractors, and 1000 distributors and dealers in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Powertec’s capabilities encompass everything from mobile phone connectivity to outdoor wireless projects supporting industries including agriculture and mining.

Education, Training and Employment

The Barber Academy

The Barber Academy blends expert master classes, premium techniques, and a culture that students are proud to be a part of. The Barber Academy has 15 intakes of up to 10 students a year in its full-time Certificate 3 Barbering courses across Gold Coast and Brisbane. The school also offers monthly master classes for members of the industry.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Glitter Girl

Founded by Kidpreneur Sophia Rizzo at the age of 9, Glitter Girl is a vibrant brand offering a dazzling array of products, including loose eco glitter, cruelty-free vegan makeup and sparkly accessories. Now aged 16, Sophia continues to innovate and has earned it a loyal following of sparkle lovers, fairy enthusiasts, drag divas, festivalgoers, and twinkle teens worldwide.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

GC Aqua Park

GC Aqua Park is a family-owned and operated seasonal inflatable aqua park located at the Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast. The business prides itself on being a fun and exciting destination for anyone.  Founded in 2018, the business now attracts more than 110,000 visitors every year and it now employs 61 people.

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