Business software supplier Solution 6 and retailing giant Harvey Norman are among the 300 best `small' companies in the world, according to Forbes Magazine.
The list spotlights the 300 firms most likely to become new enterprises next century, and Solution 6 and Harvey Norman were two of four Australian companies that made the grade.
Solution 6 was voted one of the top 20 companies worldwide, the elite list which Forbes predicted would become `future superstars, the Microsofts and GEs of a new era'.
Solution 6's marketing manager, Rushenka Perera, said it was `a great accolade to be recognised as one of the top 20 companies in the world'. Solution 6, which started in 1981 and now employs 1200 staff, was recognised for its excellence in accounting software.
Gerry Harvey, owner of mass retailing chain Harvey Norman, complimented Forbes on their `fine choices of Australian companies'.
`I hope they're right!' he said of the prediction they would become large enterprises in the new millennium.
Harvey said computers were a large part of their success, making up 30 per cent of its $2.2 billion business.
Two more Australian companies also made the list - building products maker Parbury and financial services provider Perpetual Trustees. By Caitlin Fitzsimmons