Entries open for 2018 Deloitte Fast 50

The Deloitte Fast 50 ranks and celebrates fast growing Kiwi companies that are shaping ‘Planet New Zealand’  

Auckland, 30 May 2018 – The Deloitte Fast 50, the index that ranks and celebrates fast growing Kiwi companies, is open for entries from today until Friday, 27 July. The 2018 results will be revealed on 14 November.

Deloitte Private Partner Bill Hale says the Fast 50, now in its 18th year, is more than just another business awards programme.

“The Deloitte Fast 50 is an active community of Kiwi business people whose companies are shaping the future of ‘Planet New Zealand’,” says Mr Hale.  

“It does more than just rank New Zealand’s fifty fastest growing businesses. It celebrates a range of business success across a number of categories; and on a regional and national stage.”

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 Fast 50 index, and the Master of Growth index 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.

“The straight forward entry process only takes 10 to 15 minutes but the rewards from making the index are immeasurable,” he says.

“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 2018 Deloitte Fast 50 will be revealed at the Deloitte Festival of Growth on Wednesday 14 November – 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 Kiwi entrepreneurs to connect with other successful businesses and learn from each other’s experiences – it’s an experience not to be missed,” concludes Mr Hale.

For more information on the 2018 Deloitte Fast 50, including entry criteria, how to enter and key dates, visit



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 2015/16 financial year (FY16) and supply a full set of financial accounts for FY16, FY17 and FY18.

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 index, which require the company to have had revenue of at least $5 million in FY14 and a full set of verified accounts for both FY14 and FY18.

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.

2018 Fast 50 key dates:

✪ Online entries open Wednesday 30 May and close Friday 27 July

✪ Regional winners and Fast 50 index (not in ranking order) announced on Wednesday 26 September

✪ 2018 Deloitte Fast 50 index (in ranking order) plus national category, Rising Star and Master of Growth winners announced Wednesday 14 November at the Deloitte Festival of Growth

The number one ranked Fast 50 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

2017: ZB Homes, residential building company


Media contact:

Matt Huntington

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