Otago and lower South Island Deloitte Fast 50 winners (from
left) Superior Minerals manager David Hoseason-Smith and
director Lawrence Alloo, Thunder Jet and Queenstown Water
Taxis operations manager Kylie Tomlin and director Debbie
Kelly, Beaute managing director Sian Adamson, Deloitte's
Fast 50 leader Mike Horne, and Night'n Day Foodstores
director Andrew Lane and chief executive Tony Allison at
the Dunedin Public Art Gallery last night.
Regional companies represented in the Deloitte Fast 50
demonstrated there was a healthy number of business success
stories in the region, Deloitte partner Mike Horne said last
Announcing the regional category winners, Mr Horne said the
companies embraced innovation, challenged the norm and had
the determination and drive to see them achieve phenomenal
''If recent times have highlighted anything in the region, it
is that businesses need to constantly adapt and focus on
remaining relevant in a changing environment.
''It has also highlighted how businesses must take control of
their own destiny as relying on decision-makers beyond our
borders to understand our strengths is a risky strategy at
This year, the format for the Fast 50 had been altered to
recognise changes in the business market, he said.
In previous years, he had announced the full Fast 50 index in
Last night, Mr Horne announced just the regional category and
rising star winners. Each winner last night would attend the
November finals in Auckland as part of their prize.
''While we wanted to retain the local recognition and profile
our regional winners deserve from this event, we also really
see the value and importance of bringing New Zealand's
fastest-growing businesses together in an environment where
they can learn off each other and be inspired by those that
have successfully overcome the challenges to grow national
and global success stories.''
Fastest-growing services business - Beaute
Fastest-growing manufacturer - Superior Minerals
Fastest-growing retail or consumer products business -
Thunder Jet and Queenstown Water Taxis
Fastest-growing exporter - Mount Cook Alpine Salmon
Fastest-growing mature business - Night'n Day
Rising star regional winner - Bookme
Rising star highly commended - Timely
* Mount Cook Salmon and Thunder Jet also made it into the
overall Fast 50 index.