Little more than a month before inBusiness holds its 10th celebration of South Australia’s fastest growing companies, BRW has named four local businesses within its national Fast 100 list.
Adelaide-based technology company LeetGeek (123% average revenue growth rate over the past four years), which placed fourth in last year’s in-business/BDO Fast Movers list, came in at number 15 – the highest result of any South Australian company.
Chamonix IT Consulting (97%) and solar energy company Suntrix (66%) – both of which also placed in the Fast Movers top 10 last year – ranked 23rd and 51st respectively.
e3Learning Solutions (52%) rounded out the South Australian entrants at number 75.
Top placegetter was Melbourne-based Kloud Solutions (273%), which was established in 2010 to provide professional and managed services that deliver and enhance cloud based services.
LeetGeek managing director Richard Stafford said this latest recognition, which comes on top of the company’s inclusion in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Fast Movers list, vindicated its strategy.
“We have aggressively grown our capabilities in Enterprise IT solutions, a far cry from our Mac origins, and that now shows up in our diverse client list: big and small businesses, start-ups, schools and individuals,” he said.
“Last year we had 16 staff but we have created another 12 jobs since then, and every one of those jobs was based on identifying the skills and experience we needed to grow the company and its offering. It’s a sign we are doing something right, but it’s also an achievement I am proud of.”
LeetGeek’s key areas of growth over the past financial year related to the hosting of infrastructure and onsite resourcing services.
Suntrix’s inclusion within the list is particularly impressive considering the often uncertain environment – political, not climatic – that renewable companies operate within.
Managing director Jenny Paradiso, a former librarian who formed the company alongside husband David Hille in 2009, paid tribute to her staff for their hard work “during a climate of great change for the renewables industry”.
“We have focused on what we believe helped grow Suntrix in the early days – making the complex simple, and creating long-term relationships of trust with the businesses and homes we work with,” she said.
“The solar industry is going through rapid change, and we hope to see a long-term solution that respects the value that renewable energy brings. We also want Suntrix to continue to be part of that solution.”
Suntrix was named Telstra South Australian Business of the Year last year and Ms Paradiso will next month compete nationally in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition, having been named South Australia’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year earlier this year.
The company that rounded out the BRW list – landscape construction company TLCC – experienced growth of 38%, while the company within the list that had the highest turnover during the 2013/14 financial year was ISGM with $416 million. IGSM specialises in managing contractor workforces.