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Events company transforms to win award
Written on the 31 July 2020
A Gold Coast company that has transformed itself during the COVID-19 crisis has won a major award for its efforts.
Burleigh Heads based GCD Exhibitions has pivoted away from its traditional role of building world-class expo display stands to now creating a range of COVID-19 safety products.
"Immediately we refocused and developed a new revenue plan for the Business, diversifying our asset base into manufacturing COVID-19 safety barriers and other COVID-19 related products."Sincere thanks goes' to the Federal Government and our Team of Managers, as we have 20 staff receiving JobKeeper payments, which has enabled GCD to work on these new opportunities."
"Rather than shutting up shop completely, we employed our staff to work shorter hours to build a new division of the business, called Business from a Distance.
GCD Exhibitions now manufactures hygienic barriers and sneeze guards, supplies COVID-19 signage and graphics, barriers in businesses to keep social distancing in place and a wide range of COVD-19 supplies for businesses.
"We are now working with a lot of companies to help with their COVID-19 Safe Plans to ensure they can get up and operating as soon as possible," he said.
"For example, we have been working together with numerous clubs, and have now created and manufactured acrylic COVID -19 hygiene barriers that are placed between poker machines to help with Social Distancing regulations.
"These are custom designed for hotels and clubs to comply with the new health regulations.
"The clear acrylic barriers are manufactured with graphics on them to also provide Responsible Gambling information. "
For its efforts, GCD Exhibitions was named the winner of the Manufacturing Award at the Gold Coast Business Excellence for July.
The presentation, held at the Southport Yacht Club on Wednesday night, was the first awards presentation of the year.The other winners in the July awards were:
The awards, now in their 25th year, aim to foster pride in the city's business community and highlight its important as a business hub. Some of the city's best-known companies can claim to have been winners.Monthly winners in each category then vie for the annual awards, including the coveted Gold Coast Business of the Year, to be awarded at a gala event in November.
The awards' major sponsors include Dreamweavers, QSuper, Study Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast, Choice Homes, MPM Property, Westpac, Harvey Norman Commercial Queensland, Optus Business Centre Gold Coast and Griffith University. The awards' media sponsors include the Gold Coast Bulletin, Nine NBN Television, 92.5 MMM and Hit 90.9.