Gold Coast Top Companies 2018 | 21-30
24 October 2018, Written by Nick Nichols, Camilla Jansen, Matt Ogg, Paris Faint
While business development and negotiations for new opportunites are often slow burn exercises, the pay-offs can prove massive if you make the right decisions at critical inflection points in a company's evolution.
Fortunes are made quickly when the going gets good, but not everyone is always so lucky. Companies that fall on hard times may fall into obscurity and sometimes they resurface, but often the trick is making the right choices to stay in the game for the long haul.
The dramatic change that occurs in the corporate world has been evident in the Gold Coast Top Companies 2018 list so far.
Out of today's 21-30 section only three companies - Supercars, Morris International and Digga Australia - are in a similar boat rank-wise to what they were in our 2016 list.
National Veterinary Care (ASX:NVL) was only a year old when that list came out and naturally did not make the cut, but now the group has cracked the Top 30 and its founder Tomas Steenackers won the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018 a couple of weeks ago.
From a rebounding marine sector to travel to wine, today's companies are as inspiring as they are competitive as we edge closer towards the final countdown.
21. Palm Lake Group
23. Morris International
While he still has direct-marketing interests servicing national and international clients, the group also counts manufacturing, information technology, tourism, hotels and venture capital in its business portfolio with other groups including Norwell Motorplex, Pronto Direct and TEMA Property Services.
Sirromet Wines, a business born from Morris's interest in wine, has established itself as Queensland's dominant wine brand.
24. Midway Metals
The Yatala-based Midway Metals is Australia's largest independent stainless-steel distributor and manufacturer. It has operations Australia-wide as well as in New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.
25. Ignite Travel Group
In a time-poor world, Ignite Travel Group has managed to beat the naysayers who have little faith in the longevity of traditional travel agents and it has become a major player in the Australian holiday market.
26. National Veterinary Care
27. Langs Building Supplies
From what began as a small backyard business in the 1970s, family company Langs Building Supplies now has three sites in South East Queensland with customers ranging from DIY home handymen through to major construction companies.
"I believe our Yatala headquarters to be the largest Queensland-owned building and fabrication centre in Queensland," says founder Bob Lang.
"Our fabrication operations have the capacity to fabricate the equivalent of 20 house lots of roof trusses and wall frames daily."
The group describes itself as a "trade-focused" building supplier with specialist knowledge and a large range of landscaping and structural timber as well as up-to-date and extensive hardware and plumbing supplies.
Bob Lang says emphasises the importance of ongoing staff training to be able to deliver quality goods and service to valued customers.
"We work closely with local schools, presenting at career days and offering both school based traineeships as well as fully accredited courses to school leavers," he says.
"It is not uncommon for us to have up to ten trainees at any one time in our company.
"We have an in-house training facility which offers young people who are prepared to work hard the chance to learn a valuable skill. In addition, we are constantly training and adding to the skills our current staff."
The leisure marine market has bounced back in recent years, so it's no surprise that Telwater, Australia's largest manufacturer of aluminium boats and trailers, has shared the ride.
Telwater was established by Paul Phelan and Bruce Shepherd in 1999, some 11 years after the business partners bought Quintrex, a brand that has been a part of the Australian landscape since 1945.
Maritimo entered its 15th year of operation with an appetite for expansion on the Gold Coast, buoyed by strong domestic and international markets for its luxury motor yachts.
"Most overseas residents look at Australia as being somewhat isolated and in a rugged part of the world with a dramatic and sometimes challenging coastline.
30. Digga Australia
The countdown in is on. Don't miss when we reveal which other companies made the list throughout the week.
Author: Nick Nichols, Camilla Jansen, Matt Ogg, Paris Faint