Kagi Jewellery top exporter

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 07:44 30/10/2012
Kat Gee
Kagi designer Kat Gee and business and life partner Geoff Neal.

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An Auckland-based jewellery company founded by a former Marlborough woman has been named a 2012 Deloitte Fast 50 exporter of the year.

Kagi Jewellery, founded by Kat Gee, whose father Bill Gee owns a farm in Seddon, was ranked 26th on the list, 14 places better than last year, and is also the fastest growing exporter on the Deloitte Fast 50 list.

Kagi employs 15 people and its jewellery is sold in more than 180 stores across Australasia.

Wine company Invivo, co-founded by marketing manager Tim Lightbourne and winemaker Rob Cameron, was ranked 24th - the first winery since 2004 to make the list.

Auckland-based Pulse Utilities New Zealand was ranked first with 2636.51 per cent growth, Wellington-based PowerKiwi came second with 1915.64 per cent growth and Nelson-based McCashin's Brewery was third with 1836.38 per cent growth.

The index ranks the top 50 businesses according to their revenue growth over the past three years and sets the benchmark for high-growth businesses in New Zealand.

The winners were announced at simultaneous events in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Wednesday night.

Mr Lightbourne and Mr Cameron, of Invivo, were at the event in Auckland and were delighted to be named in the top half. Mr Lightbourne said the list showed their business had grown 258.9 per cent in the past year.The 2012 group of Deloitte Fast 50 businesses grew the New Zealand economy by $637 million over the past three years and created 1376 jobs.

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- The Marlborough Express

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