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Marina Builder Proves "Superior"
International marina and marine products maker Superior has been named the Gold Coast’s Business of the Year for the second time.
Superior, which was previously known as Superior Jetties, was given the major honour at tonight’s Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards gala function at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino.
More than 650 people and representatives of more than 60 finalists were on hand to watch Superior win the overall title for the second time in four years.
Superior, which started its life manufacturing and installing pontoons for Gold Coast home owners, now designs and manufactures marine berthing systems and accessories ranging from a single cleat to multi-million dollar international super yacht marinas.
Headed up by husband and wife team John and Jackie Hogan, the company now exports its marina products to more than 10 different countries and has dealers operating in nine countries including Australia.
The company’s clients now range from boat owners through to multinational companies and governments.
The Arundel-headquartered company also claimed the annual honours in the manufacturing and construction category.
Last year’s overall winner, the fast-growing garden and vegetation maintenance company Technigro, also enjoyed time in the winner’s spotlight again, claiming the honours in the Family Business category.
Luxury cat boarding facility and veterinary clinic The Vet Lounge was on the debutantes on the awards list.
The business, which has modern facilities, piped music, leather lounges and themed cat accommodation, won the Emerging Business award.
In other categories the KT Cable Accessories roped in the Retail, Wholesale & Distribution Award, Ray White Surfers Paradise won the Trades, Professions & Services Award, Pindara Private Hospital stitched up the first annual Health & Wellbeing Award, OntheNet was on the ball in the Knowledge Management & IT section, and Wyndham Vacation Resorts booked out the Tourism, Hospitality & Events trophy.
Aqualuma LED Lighting was the shining light in the Mayor’s Innovation GC category, Nuflow Technologies cleaned up in Environment and Sustainability, and short term money lender, Nimble won the Bob Scott Encouragement Award
Sponsors include City of Gold Coast, Suncorp Bank, Virgin Australia, AusIndustry, Michael Sing Lawyers, Griffith University, Regional Development Australia and Gold Coast Airport.
And our major supporters are SMART Advertising, Consulting Hall, Surfers Inkspot, Jupiter’s Gold Coast, Regina King Photography, Bruce Lynton BMW, Staging Connections, Bond University & KPMG.
The awards’ media sponsors include the Gold Coast Bulletin, NBN Television, 92.5 Gold FM & 90.9 Sea FM.
Meet our 2013 Winners
The Vet Lounge
Emerging Business - Proudly sponsored by Virgin Australia
The Vet Lounge is an ultra-modern vet facility. It boasts piped music, leather lounges, sky light ceilings and luxury cat boarding themed rooms. They also use an interactive application iconsult to enhance client understanding and communication. The Vet Lounge team is dedicated to providing your pet with the best care.
Family Business - Proudly sponsored by Regional Development Australia GC
Technigro is Australia’s leading urban vegetation management company. It’s grown from a one man operation to a dedicated team of 100 including 3 generations of the Bloor family. Technigro is changing the way vegetation is managed by harnessing people, technology, knowledge and systems.
KT Cable Accessories
Retail, Wholesale & Distribution Award - Proudly sponsored by Suncorp Bank
KT Cable Accessories began operation from a small factory in 1994. Today they have 17 full-time employees providing Automotive, Electrical & Industrial Wiring Accessories. KT prides itself on supplying innovative products and quality service . They distribute throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Manufacturing & Construction Award - Proudly sponsored by AusIndustry
The Superior group includes Superior Jetties and Superior Plastech. They design, build and install marine flotation devices from a small pontoon , jet ski dock or boat lift to a large marina. They are also a major supplier to mining and industrial projects. Superior’s mission is to support work, play and life.
Ray White Surfers Paradise
Trades, Professions & Services Award - Proudly sponsored by Michael Sing Lawyers
The Ray White Surfers Paradise Group commenced in December 1989 when brothers Andrew and Gregory Bell moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast. Since then they have grown from a one office operation to 15 with a team of 240 people. They continually strive for growth and success and have been the No. 1 office in the 1,000 strong Ray White Group for 20 years.
Pindara Private Hospital
Health & Wellbeing Award
Pindara Private Hospital is an acute care, medical/surgical and maternity facility.
Built in 1971, by Allan and Gwen Ramsey, Pindara has grown from a humble 50 beds and three operating theatres, to a bustling 260 bed, 14 theatre hospital. It’s serviced by the Gold Coast’s leading specialists and health care providers and is widely recognised for its high quality services.
Knowledge Management & IT Award - Proudly sponsored by Griffith University
OntheNet is the Gold Coast’s largest broadband and hosting services provider. They deliver what customers want by building & managing the solutions in-house. Their current focus is working directly with NBN Co to deliver faster Internet locally.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts
Tourism, Hospitality & Events Award - Proudly sponsored by Gold Coast Airport
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is the region’s largest vacation ownership business. It includes 24 resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and more than 46,000 vacation owners. Wyndham recently announced a new property acquisition currently under construction in Melbourne’s CBD to be branded Wyndham on William.
Aqualuma Led Lighting
Mayor’s Innovation GC Award - Proudly Sponsored by City of Gold Coast’s Economic Development Branch
Aqualuma is privately owned and was established on the Gold Coast in 2004. They manufacture LED underwater lighting and export to 52 countries. In 2012 Aqualuma introduced the world’s most efficient LED high bay light for commercial buildings, reducing carbon emissions and lowering power consumption by up to 75%
Environment & Sustainability Award - Proudly sponsored by City of Gold Coast’s Planning, Environment and Transport Directorate
Nuflow are award winning pipe repair and maintenance specialists. They deal with damaged and blocked sewerage, stormwater, potable water, fire system and pressure pipe repairs. Their unique technology allows them to carry out work without expensive, disruptive excavation. Nu Flow have licencees across Australia and New Zealand.
Bob Scott Encouragement Award
Nimble was founded in 2005 by Greg Ellis and Sean Teahan who were frustrated with the lack of consumer-friendly short-term borrowing options in Australia. Nimble is a totally new way to borrow money that’s quick and 100% online. Their system gives you an instant decision so you’ll know whether you’re approved straight away. It’s the future of money, but you can have it right now.