Busi­ness award just be­gin­ning

Kapiti News - - News - David Hax­ton

A flour­ish­ing Para­pa­rau­mubased busi­ness has won the Deloitte Fast 50 fastest grow­ing ser­vices busi­ness Welling­ton lower North Is­land award.

The award ranks New Zealand’s fastest grow­ing busi­nesses based on rev­enue per­cent­age growth.

ELE Group, lo­cated on the cor­ner of Rimu Rd and Ihakara St, re­ceived the award at a prize­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion at the Har­bour­side Func­tion Venue.

Now in its fifth trad­ing year, ELE Group com­prises var­i­ous busi­ness arms with each com­ple­ment­ing each other.

There’s a trans­port so­lu­tions busi­ness which hires out trucks and drivers, a con­tract labour busi­ness for sites around New Zealand, and foun­da­tions busi­ness which cre­ates res­i­den­tial slabs, and more.

“We have about 700 work­ers on jobs, on any given day, and that num­ber is rapidly grow­ing,” ELE Group founder Brent Mul­hol­land said.

Win­ning the award was great but “it’s re­ally just the start for us.”

A key fo­cus next year was on win­ning the mas­ter of growth award which looks at sus­tained growth over a pe­riod of time.

“That means you can run a busi­ness but you can keep run­ning it. . .I’ve heard of com­pa­nies en­ter­ing the Fast 50 who have gone out of busi­ness.”

The com­pany was “only just be­gin­ning”.

“We’ve al­ways had a goal to de­velop a big busi­ness — a na­tional busi­ness and an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

“But it [head of­fice] will al­ways stay firmly in Ka¯ piti.”

Mr Mul­hol­land praised the com­pany’s staff. “We’ve got a great team.

“If some­one said what is the se­cret to your suc­cess so far, and it is a suc­cess­ful com­pany where we make good money, the an­swer is good peo­ple.

“You’ve got to have good peo­ple and they have to be pas­sion­ate about they do and be part of it.

“I would, hand on heart, say that all of my staff, from the lead­er­ship team right down, treat it like their own, and love be­ing here.”

The com­pany motto is: Right Peo­ple Right Place. ELE Group also gives back to the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion, Soft­ball NZ, Mary Pot­ter Hospice Ka¯ piti as well as Club Vista and the Para­pa­raumu RSA. The na­tional awards are in Auck­land in Novem­ber.

PHOTO / DAVID HAX­TON

ELE Group owner Brent Mul­hol­land, left, and head of fi­nance Aden Colville-Smith with the com­pany’s Deloitte Fast 50 award.

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