The Rapid Group has reported its most successful year to date in Australia, 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 for the financial year, while New Zealand more than doubled turnover.
“RapidClean has now had nine consecutive years of double-digit 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, taking its total number to 56. New Zealand also added three new members, taking its total number to 12, which are all independently-owned and operated.
The Rapid Group also added new suppliers across both Australia and New Zealand including Karcher, Gojo and Whiteley New Zealand.
Lees announced the appointment of its first independent board member. It follows the appointment of former Karcher Australia 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.
Lees also outlined plans to build its international reach following its partnership with INPACS. The Rapid Group is understood to be the only Australasian member of the international organisaiton, which represents groups throughout the world with a collective turnover of $2.4 billion..
“RapidClean is the 65th biggest co-operative in Australia and if we continue to grow at our current rate, we will soon be in the top 50,” Lees said.
The conference concluded with the group’s annual gala awards. Member of the Year – the group’s highest accolade – was awarded to RapidClean Griffith. Oates Freudenberg received the member-voted award, 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 magazine.
INCLEAN attended the Rapid Group conference as a guest of the Rapid Group.
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