Nova Health on the fast track

Andrew McCathie and Sam Mackenzie (centre) receive recognition for making the Deloitte Fast 50, with Cam Wallace, Head of Business Development, BNZ (left) and Doug Wilson, Deloitte partner (right).

A Cambridge company has qualified for the Deloitte Fast 50 for the third year in a row.

Nova Health placed 42nd on the New Zealand top-50 list, which celebrates the country’s fastest growing businesses.

Young entrepreneurs Andrew McCathie and Sam Mackenzie bought the business in 2015, and their rapid success has led to the company now serving nine DHB catchment areas, including Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

As a 24/7 business, the healthcare agency matches client requirements with specialised staff – clients being hospitals, rest-homes and private in-home care patients.

Growth comes with its own set of challenges, they said, the biggest being the demand for registered nurses. But the introduction of an IT system had vastly improved this process.

This year the company launched a phone application which allows staff to sign timesheets, update availability and see booked shifts.

“This has helped save our staff time, reduce paper consumption, improve communication and provides a more accurate time record,” said Mackenzie.

“Most of our staff are lifestyle workers. They want the ability to work in different places, at times that suit them,” said McCathie. “Through the use of innovative IT we manage to get the best of both worlds for our clients and staff.”

Canterbury agricultural business Smart Membrane Solutions topped the list.

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