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2012 Deloitte Fast 50 entries open

Let the search for New Zealand’s fastest growing business heroes begin!

The 2012 Deloitte Fast 50, the index for New Zealand’s fastest growing businesses, is open for entries from today.

It is the 12th year that high-growth businesses from throughout the country have been invited to benchmark their business growth over the past three years against each other.

National leader of the Fast 50 programme, Deloitte partner Stephen Nicholas, says the Fast 50 has been celebrating New Zealand’s business heroes for over a decade, showcasing entrepreneurial companies which have demonstrated the leadership to innovate and grow.

“This year in particular, we are searching for those inspirational stories not only of growth, but courage, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit across our nation,” Mr Nicholas says.

“The Deloitte Fast 50 programme is still the leading barometer of the country’s most successful and the Fast 50 sets the standard for emerging businesses to aim for.

“It continues to be on the wish-list of a number of entrepreneurs setting up new businesses around the country because recognising their revenue growth is the best way to truly celebrate their success.”  

Mr Nicholas encourages all businesses to enter the 2012 Deloitte Fast 50, by spending 10 to 15 minutes filling out the simple online entry form at www.fast50.co.nz.  

“We’ve refined the entry process to make it even easier but the rewards from making the list still remain innumerable.  Businesses will receive considerable local and national media attention, raising their profile among the wider business community but also, and perhaps more critically, from investors looking for destinations for capital.

“And not to be overlooked is the huge boost to staff morale from making the Deloitte Fast 50,” he says.

For information on the Deloitte Fast 50 and how to enter, go to www.fast50.co.nz.

For more information, contact:

Millie Vingrys
Marketing Campaigns Manager
Deloitte
DDI: 09 303 0919
Mob: 021 995 486
email: mvingrys@deloitte.co.nz

About the Deloitte Fast 50

The Deloitte Fast 50 index ranks the top 50 businesses in New Zealand according to their revenue growth over the past three years.  

Entrants are required to be New Zealand registered companies, have been in business for a minimum of three years, and have had operating revenue of at least $300,000 in the 2009/10 financial year (FY10).

As well as the Fast 50 index, there are two national awards; the fastest growing primary sector business and the fastest growing Maori business.  In each of the five regions, six awards are made to the fastest growing manufacturer, technology business, services business, retail/consumer products business, exporter, and mature business (operating for 15 years or more).

2012 Fast 50 key dates:
  • Online entries open Monday 11 June and close Friday 13 July
  • Business meetings take place Monday 16 July until Friday 10 August
  • 2012 Deloitte Fast 50 announced Wednesday 24 October at regional awards evenings in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

All technology businesses which enter the Deloitte Fast 50 are automatically nominated for the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia-Pacific index announced in Hong Kong in December.

The number one ranked companies since the programme began in 2001 are:

2001:  TelstraSaturn, telecommunications
2002:  Marshal Software, internet security
2003:  Prolificx, electronics
2004:  Trade Me, online auctions
2005:  42 Below, vodka
2006:  HRV, home ventilation
2007:  Energy Mad, eco-friendly light bulbs
2008:  Watson & Son, manuka honey/healthcare
2009:  New Zealand Honey, honey products
2010:  Telecom Rentals, finance for telecommunications services
2011:  Powershop, online electricity retailer

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