Rapid Group reports most successful year to date

RapidClean NZ's expansion continues to gain momentum, with the co-operative doubling turnover in 2019.

Rapid Clean New Zealand’s market expansion continues to gain momentum, with the co-operative doubling its turnover in 2019.

In Australia the Rapid Group reported its most successful year to date, marking nine consecutive years of double-digit growth.

Rapid Group general manager Bruce Lees said at the co-operative’s annual conference in Sydney the group collectively generated more than 17 per cent growth last financial year.

“RapidClean has now had nine consecutive years of double digital growth, which is a remarkable run of success over an extended time frame,” Lees said.

“[The group’s growth] shows no sign of abating. This year Australia is close to 10 per cent growth and New Zealand is close to 20 per cent growth.”

The group continued to expand its network in 2019, adding three new members in Australia. New Zealand also added three new members, taking its total number to 12.

“There’s lot of positive activity in play for future expansion and national account activity [in New Zealand],” Lees said of the group’s growth in New Zealand.

“We are already starting to benefit from each other’s activities on both sides of the Tasman.”

The Rapid Group also added new suppliers across both Australia and New Zealand including Karcher, Gojo and Whiteley New Zealand.

Lees also announced the appointment of its first independent board member.

It follows the hiring of former Karcher Australia sales executive Lucas Paris to the newly created role of general manager for sales earlier this year, and the appointment of the group’s first New Zealand-based board member.

The event concluded with RapidClean’s annual gala event. The highly coveted Member of the Year was awarded to CCR, while Filta won the member-voted Supplier of the Year.

The 2020 Rapid Group conference will be held in Fiji.

Read more about the Rapid Group conference in the next issue of INCLEAN NZ magazine. INCLEAN NZ attended the Rapid Group conference as a guest of the Rapid Group.

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