Former Oamaru man’s company listed among fastest growing

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A Christchurch company, created by a former Oamaruvian, has been named the 19th fastest growing company in the 2014 Deloitte Fast50 – New Zealand’s 50 fastest growing companies over the past three years.

Greg Martin, who grew up in Oamaru, and Matt Wiley set up Geoscience Consulting (NZ) Ltd in April 2010 and have grown from a staff of two to 60 in the last four-and-a-half years.

The winners of the 2014 Deloitte Fast50 were flown to Auckland for an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 7, and the rankings were announced.

Geoscience Consulting (NZ) Ltd, which will be changing its name to ENGEO on December 1, came 19th in New Zealand and 2nd in the South Island.

Mr Martin said it was nice to receive the recognition that they were such a fast-growing company.

“We were pretty excited, we didn’t expect to be so high.”

The idea for the company was created after the pair wanted to make an engineering firm that was a fun place to work as well as providing good service, he said.

It was small until the September 2010 earthquake when their workload began to increase.

“We used our growth in Christchurch to spread around the country.”

In September 2012, they sold half of the company to Californian-based ENGEO and they are in the process of beginning to trade under that name.

Mr Martin was born in Oamaru and left the town when he finished school in 1995. He still visits every few months as his mother, sister and grandparents live here.

ENGEO started a charity last year called Dream Trust out of a desire to give back to the communities that helped them grow into a successful company.

By RUBY HARFIELD