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Usher Group named Gold Coast Business of Year
Written on the 27 November 2019
Gaven-based painter, plasterer, signage and electrical services company Usher Group has been named as the Gold Coast's Business of the Year.
However, Mr Vairaktaris didn't begin his working life as a painter. Instead he first studied architecture at Ashmore TAFE and then began a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University.
After 6 months, in 2001, he deferred his studies to start his first business venture, UHK Painting & Decorating.
In 2003 another Gold Coast business, Usher & Son asked Theo to purchase their business. The Usher family are still prominent in business, working in well-known paint stores on the Gold Coast.
This purchase catapulted the once small-time operator into a period of rapid growth.
Mr Vairaktaris combined the two businesses, keeping the Usher and Son name and began penetrating new markets and geographical areas, focusing primarily on painting services. Since the merger, the company has recorded significant growth, doubling revenue year on year. The strong financial results meant the business could reinvest and thrive.
Mr Vairaktaris's first employee was of course was his mother; and as with most family businesses she played a fundamental role taking on responsibility for many different aspects of the business.
Mr Vairaktaris said he was honoured that the business he built had been named Gold Coast Business of the Year.
Usher Group also took the annual trophy in the Construction and Trades category of the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.
The winners in the other categories were:
The awards, now in their 24th 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.
The awards' major sponsors include Ramsden Lawyers, Study Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast, Regional Development Australia Gold Coast, Choice Homes, Westpac, Harvey Norman Commercial Queensland, Optus Business Centre Gold Coast, Griffith University, Gold Coast Airport, Dreamweavers and WeVideoPromos. The awards' media sponsors include the Gold Coast Bulletin, Nine NBN Television, 92.5 Gold FM and 90.9 Sea FM.