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Entries open for 2017 Deloitte Fast 50 

The Deloitte Fast 50 ranks and celebrates fast growing Kiwi companies 

The Deloitte Fast 50, the index that ranks and celebrates fast growing Kiwi companies, is open for entries from today until Friday, 28 July. The 2017 results will be revealed on 9 November.

Deloitte Private Partner Bill Hale says the Fast 50, now in its 17th year, is more than just another business awards programme.

“The Deloitte Fast 50 is an active community of intrepid Kiwi trailblazers looking to achieve great things for their companies,” says Mr Hale.   

“It does more than just rank New Zealand’s fifty fastest growing businesses. It celebrates business success across a number of categories and on a regional and national stage. Whether your business is brand new or it’s been around for a while – we have an award for you.”

The Fast 50 programme includes; the national Deloitte Fast 50 index and associated regional awards, the Rising Star awards for early stage companies who don’t yet qualify for the index and, new for this year, the Master of Growth awards recognising established businesses achieving longer term sustained growth.

Mr Hale encourages all fast growing businesses to enter by filling out the simple online entry form.

“You’ve got to be in it to win it.  The index only ranks businesses that choose to participate,” he says.  

“The straight forward entry process only takes 10 to 15 minutes but the rewards from making the index are immeasurable.  Fast 50 companies receive considerable local and national media coverage, profile within the business community, including potential investors, and a huge boost to company morale.”

The 2017 Deloitte Fast 50 will be revealed at the Deloitte Festival of Fast Growth – where all ranked companies attend a one day inspirational event at Auckland’s Villa Maria winery concluding with the gala awards ceremony.

“The Festival has become an annual highlight for like-minded businesses to connect with other successful businesses and learn from each other’s experiences – it’s really brilliant to be part of,” concludes Mr Hale.

For more information on the 2017 Deloitte Fast 50, including entry criteria, how to enter and key dates, visit www.fast50.co.nz.

Contact:
Matt Huntington
Deloitte New Zealand
Communications Manager
04 470 3771
mhuntington@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, have had operating revenue of at least $500,000 in the 2014/15 financial year (FY15) and supply a full set of financial accounts for FY16, FY16 and FY17.

The exceptions to this are the Rising Star category, which requires the company to have been in business for one full year, with a set of accounts for one full year, and the Master of Growth category, which require the company to have had revenue of at least $5 million in FY13 and a full set of verified accounts for both FY13 and FY17.

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.

2017 Fast 50 key dates:

✪ Online entries open Thursday 01 June and close Friday 28 July

✪ Regional winners and Fast 50 index (not in ranking order) announced on 28 September

✪ 2017 Deloitte Fast 50 index (in ranking order) plus national category, Rising Star and Master of Growth winners announced 9 November at the Deloitte Festival of Fast Growth

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

2012: Pulse Utilities, electricity retailer

2013: Earthwise, Environmentally considered products

2014: Voyager Internet

2015: Garage Project, brewery

2016: Pushpay, online payments

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