2019 Lord Mayor's Business Awards winners - Choose Brisbane


2019 Lord Mayor's Business Awards winners

Winners of the 2019 Lord Mayor's Business Awards were announced at a special gala dinner at Brisbane City Hall on Friday, 18 October.

The Courier-Mail Award for Business Person of the Year

Maxine HorneVita Group

Maxine is the CEO and co-founder of Vita Group, a leading Australian retailer that has been enhancing its customers’ ways of life for more than 24 years. Beginning in the telecommunications industry as Australia’s first mobile phone retailer, today Vita Group operates several brands across a range of industries, including Telstra, Artisan Aesthetic Clinics, Sprout accessories and SQDAthletica. The group operates more than 130 points of presence with a team of 1,700 and revenues of $685 million in financial year 2018.

Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year

Jonathon RungeVostroNet

Jonathon Runge is founder and CEO of VostroNet, a leading provider of high-speed internet and fibre networks to hotels, co-working spaces, student accommodation and residential apartments across the Asia Pacific. VostroNet was founded in 2014 with a vision to improve the delivery of internet within Australia and has grown to service over 25,000 connections across the region. Prior to VostroNet, Jonathon founded a successful multi-national network security consulting firm at the age of 21.

ANZ Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up 


MOVUS is an Australian company, headquartered in Brisbane, with customers across the globe. MOVUS’s world leading FitMachine® transforms dumb equipment into ‘smart equipment’ and enables this through consumer styled simplicity combined with world class artificial intelligence. For customers, compelling return on investment is realised via reducing the need for manual inspections, reduction in hazardous work and energy consumption, while minimising the risk of unplanned downtime.

Optus Business Platinum Award and Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation 

Nightlife Music

The global pioneer in music subscription services, Nightlife Music is Australia’s largest music tech company. Its latest, crowdDJ® is now attracting international attention taking the humble jukebox into the modern era giving businesses a point of difference, captivating consumers in venues and delivering great returns to the entire music ecosystem. Elevating the value of music beyond a live performance, Nightlife continues its success of connecting consumers with music in venues while protecting the rights of creators.

Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Micro Business 

Law on Earth

Virtual Legal is an online law firm on a mission to ensure every Australian has access to legal help no matter where they live or what they earn. Virtual Legal uses automation, artificial intelligence, offshoring and contractors. Recently, the team launched their public self-service legal platform, Law on Earth, which allows the public to manage their own legal needs for up to 90% less cost than using traditional lawyers but with better security, total transparency, and much happier lawyers with flexible lifestyles.

CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business 

Crossfit TORIAN

The largest functional fitness facility in Australia with fitness programs designed for people of all backgrounds, ages, skill and fitness levels. Their aim is to set the global standard in functional fitness, strength and athletic performance through world class and holistic fitness programs designed to unlock customers’ full physical and mental health potential. Crossfit TORIAN is passionate about building a community of motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated people who want to make real, positive and sustainable change in their lives.

HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia 


Palladium is in the business of making the world a better place. Palladium was established in 1965 as an agricultural consultancy and is one of Queensland’s longest established private companies. It has grown from one employee to almost 3,000 employees with operations in over 90 countries. Their highlighted work in Asia includes the world’s first healthcare Development Impact Bond, Supply Chains, Value Chains, Workforce Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Smart Cities, Logistics, Health, and Education.

Yurika Award for Environmental Sustainability in Business 


In its mission to derivate old tyres from landfills, stockpiling or exports, TyreStock has managed to control the destination of over 10,000 tyres. Since January, through the “Tyres for good” program, as an example, TyreStock has given: 2,917 days of access to life-saving water to families in Ethiopia, 4,500 days of medical support to nursery school children in Tanzania, and the list continues to grow.

Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation 


Microba’s Metagenomic Analysis Platform is a proprietary sample processing and bioinformatic analysis pipeline that provides quality, high-resolution analysis of the human gut microbiome. Metagenomic DNA sequencing of the gut microbiome paired with Microba’s advanced bioinformatic analysis represents a significant innovation over the industry standard. The detailed information provided by Microba’s MAP™ is advancing our understanding of how the gut microbiome influences health.

Port of Brisbane Award for Investment in Brisbane

The Fortitude Music Hall

The Fortitude Music Hall is the largest ballroom - theatre styled venue in Australia, with a 3,000-person standing capacity and a 1,100 seated capacity. The Fortitude Music Hall’s prime location in the heart of Brisbane’s entertainment precinct and state of the art production make the venue a truly world class performance space. The goal is to create a venue that will enhance the area and one that the community will enjoy and benefit from for many years to come.

ISPT Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise 

Food Connect

Food Connect was founded in 2005 by ex-dairy farmer, Robert Pekin, a bunch of mums and a handful of small, regenerative farmers. They use the principles of Community Supported Agriculture to ensure growers get a fair price, eaters get the freshest, seasonal produce that's ethically sourced, and small artisan food makers get access to a stable market. Last year Food Connect successfully raised $2.1million with over 500 members of the community to buy a warehouse and create Australia's first community-owned local food hub.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Scott HutchinsonHutchinson Builders

Scott Hutchinson has been at helm of the century old family business since the mid-1980s and presently presides as Chairman and fourth generation Hutchinson guiding the company which started in 1912. Hutchies is now Australia’s largest privately-owned builder. Scott is recognised as a passionate advocate and philanthropist for the local music industry. In 2018 he was ranked 36 in Queensland’s 100 most influential people by The Courier Mail for his position in the building industry and support for the Brisbane music scene.