Cooma Monaro Express:

Cooma business, Hip Pocket and Safety has received national recognition with the announcement that it has been named the 35th fastest growing franchise in the country by magazine Business Review Weekly.

With a revenue of $17.18m in 2008/09 the franchise store was named 35th out of 50 in the category of “Fastest growing franchises by revenue”. The business also ranked 26th in the “Fastest growing franchises by outlets” category.

Franchise owner Thomas Bellingham said he was thrilled with the ranking and that the position on the list confirms what he already knew about his business.

“We’ve always thought we had a great business – and now we have the proof,” he said.