RST wins environmental award

Publication: Gold Coast Business News, Article: PWR takes top award Date: 28 November 2011

PWR Performance Products has wrapped up a bumper year by being named the Gold Coast Business of the Year.

The automotive cooling specialists, which are based at Yatala, received the honour at a gala function at Jupiter's Hotel and Casino on Saturday.

PWR exports its systems all over the world and boasts Formula 1 and NASCAR teams among its customers, along with Volswagen Touregs, Aston Martin and Porsche Cup cars.

Race car driver Paul Weel, who set up the company with his father Kees Weel in 1997, said the award was an exciting honour for the company and its more than 60 staff.

Mr Weel said PWR was still operated as a family business, despite achieving 20 per vent growth last year.

"We don't spend a lot of money on promotion," he said.

"Word of mouth is the best advertisement as far as we are concerned."

Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards president Ian Cousins said: ''As a specialist manufacturer of radiations and intercoolers, the PWR brand has fast-tracked its way to becoming a major brand in top tier motorsport.''

The Gold Coast Suns picked up the Mayors Corporate Social Responsibility honour at the Gold Coast Business Awards.

Mr Cousins said the Suns were committed to supporting the community through a range of programs and activities and in 2011 contributed 5000 hours to supporting charities and causes.

The Magic Millions business took out the honours in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events category.

The company, which specialises in integrated vegetation management, has grown from a one-man business to a multi-million-dollar organisation servicing government and commercial customers between northern NSW and the Sunshine Coast.

Burleigh Brewing Company won the Mayor's Innovation GC Award.

The Emerging Business Award was won by ICON Software Solutions, which specialists in providing web-based software to councils in the areas of online planning, electronic lodgement, corporate reporting and work project management.

Coolabah Tree Cafes won the Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award.

In the other categories, Back in Motion Health Group won the Trades, Professions and Services Award, GCOMM won the Information Technology and Multimedia Award, Reynolds Soil Technology claimed the Environmental Management honours and 3Dme won the Bob Scott Encouragement Award.