- Last updated:
- 29 Jul 2022
A council developed series to inspire confidence and showcase the great businesses within our region.
This year, the series showcases businesses that have demonstrated incredible support to local industries through sourcing, partnerships, collaborations, recruitment and more.
Find our Local Business Champions and more on Buy Local Sunshine Coast.
See the Local business champions of 2021.
Saltair ModularSaltair Modular is a Coolum Beach based business that provides modular home and accommodation options across the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Their local network of suppliers has helped the business become well known for their quality and service.
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Smartline Medical is a Yandina business that has been supplying medical equipment to hospitals and medical practices on the Sunshine Coast for decades. The company now sends their equipment globally while employing a strong workforce of local people.
Learn more about Smartline Medical.
Raidar Targetry is a Kunda Park based business that develops and builds high tech military targetry. The business sources the majority of its components from manufacturers within the Sunshine Coast and has a strong focus on recruiting and supporting local talent.
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Moffat Beach Brewing
Matt and Sharynne Wilson's relocation to Moffat Beach from Sydney in 2012 was spurred by an endeavour to leave the city, live the coast lifestyle and open a beachside café. They did not expect their new adventure would evolve into a brewery with two locations, a slew of awards and become a strong collaborator with industry and community.
Moffat Beach Brewing Co was born in 2015 when Matt and Sharynne installed a tiny brewhouse in their Seaview Terrace café. The couple found initial help through the local Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and the Food & Agribusiness Network. Both organisations provided valuable networks, resources and support that allowed them to tap into the emerging industry of brewers on the coast on the same journey.
We were exposed to other brewers and businesses on the coast that we could share our experiences and resources with when we were establishing. Craft beer on the Sunny Coast was only in its infant stages then so the collaboration and support we showed each other really helped launch the industry here.
MBBC continued to find great opportunities to collaborate with local businesses in fun and creative ways. Matt played with new flavours collaborating with Sunshine Coast coffee roaster Tim Adams to develop a Coffee Stout which was a huge success. Boocock Quality Meats found another use for MBBC’s Dark Ale in a new sausage recipe, quickly becoming one of the butcher’s fastest selling snags.
“Teaming up with other local businesses to create new products has been a great way to cross-promote our businesses and experiment with flavours. We’re always looking for new ways to innovate with our beers."
MBBCs involvement in ‘Battle of the Brews’ has seen Matt share his expertise with home brewers looking to improve their craft. The event hosted by the Sunshine Coast Amateur Brewers Society is held at MBBC’s Caloundra brewery where the home brewers have their beers trialed and tested by Matt who then picks a winner to brew a commercial batch with him through the MBBC system.
“Battle of the Brews is a fun way for the region’s up-and-coming brewers to get together and share their beers with each other and build those networks. I have a lot of fun helping the winning brewers develop their beers for the commercial system because it’s very different to home brewing. It’s a great way for them to understand what’s required if they’re to grow and take their homebrewing to the next level.”
Matt and Sharynne achieved great success at this year’s Australian International Beer Awards, which is the world’s largest beer competition for packaged and draught beer. On top of winning Champion Small Australian Brewery, they took out the most hotly contested categories – the Pale Ale and IPA.
“There were around 60 experts assessing over 2600 beers from around the world so we’re feeling pretty chuffed.”
Learn more about Moffat Beach Brewing.
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SRJ Walker Wayland
‘Paying it forward’ - the Sunshine Coast business community has operated with this ideology for decades. It’s a concept practised by SRJ Walker Wayland that’s helped them develop meaningful relationships with clients and create a local network that thrives on each other’s success.
SRJWW established an office in Moffat Beach four years ago where they’ve been providing accountancy, advisory and auditing services to businesses in the region. In the initial stages, Principal Katrina Brennan found great support from the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, industry groups and neighbouring businesses that helped integrate them into the community. This early support connected Katrina and the team to a local network of small and large businesses and other stakeholders, helping them to build a client base across a range of industries.
"The business network here on the Sunny Coast genuinely wants to see you thrive because if you succeed then the region prospers. We’ve embodied that in how we build relationships with our clients. We make sure that they’re connected to the right network that will help them grow.”
SRJWW has found the Sunshine Coast to be very entrepreneurial as people get creative in building a business around their lifestyle and passions. Katrina and the team have been there for people as they grow their hobbies into businesses.
“I think the desire for people to make their business an extension of their Sunshine Coast lifestyle is a big motivator. It’s a driver for success because people want to live the unique lifestyle that this region offers while doing something that they love. It’s amazing to be a part of.”
SRJWW has been helping to provide a platform through a range of events for local businesses that builds their network and updates them on what’s happening in their industries. Katrina and the team have used these events to connect their clients with other businesses on the coast which has led to exciting new collaborations and partnerships. Sponsoring and partnering with industry events has seen the teamwork alongside industry groups such as Awesome Women in Construction, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturing Excellence Forum and Sunshine Coast Business Awards.
“We’ve found that supporting local industry events gives us the opportunity to benefit a wider group of businesses and it also allows us to showcase our beautiful clients. For example, we partnered with Awesome Women in Construction to host an event where we utilised Beach Tree Gin Distillery as a beautiful venue location. This gave them great exposure and attendees were able to try their products. Often, we’ll purchase client products to include as raffle prizes at events that we support. It’s only a small gesture, but it can go a long way.”
SRJWW significant contributions to the Sunshine Coast business community is notable, and the reason they’ve been selected as one of this year’s Local Business Champions.
Learn more about SRJWW.
Meet our local makers
Early this year, Meet the Makers hosted the local industry of food, beverage and produce businesses for a great exhibition that showcased what the industry has to offer. We asked businesses how they have benefited from and contribute to the local industry. This is what they had to say:
Businesses in the video include: