When is the right time to invest in business assets?

Well, there’s no time like the present. If you’ve been through the teenage years you are unlikely not to have heard this phrase, and it may or may not bring back good memories! But seriously – if you are thinking about investing in business assets, then 2020 really is a good time. Here are three reasons why: Interest rates are at an all-time low The Reserve Bank of New Zealand…  Read more

COVID-19: Current positives and opportunities for businesses

In the current economic climate, it’s hard to find good news. However, positive economic signals in New Zealand are emerging from recent surveys and stats including improved business confidence, export and job figures. Alongside comes a commitment by the newly-re-elected Prime Minister to prioritise small business recovery and a range of new and existing Covid-19 support schemes. Jacinda Ardern to prioritise small businesses recovery After winning the election for her…  Read more

Post election: what’s in store for your business?

Labour has just had the biggest win in over 50 years and with 64 seats it will be relatively easy for them to make the changes they proposed in their pre-election campaigns.  The expectation is that they will go further and faster this term.  Whether or not you agree, it’s time to prepare.  So, what does a Labour government mean for your business? Personal income tax Labour has announced plans…  Read more

Free expert advice for Auckland businesses

New Zealand recorded its sharpest quarterly contraction and officially entered recession as second quarter economic data was released this week. The median forecast of economists polled by Reuters showed GDP shrinking 12.8% quarter-on-quarter in the three months to June. The strict pandemic lockdown measures battered economic activity, but the economy has since somewhat bounced back. Still, there is a lot of uncertainty ahead. Let’s look at what’s happening to help…  Read more

Taking your business from survive to thrive in a recession

The pains caused by a recession can be excruciating, which is why most of us dread the thought of it. A recession can mean layoffs, jobs becoming harder to find, and wages frozen, which means consumers hunker down and spend less– often worsening the economic slowdown. For most businesses, especially small businesses, recessions can be brutal. For example, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) that struck the world in 2008. Between December…  Read more

COVID-19: lesser-known business support schemes & resources

We know that the recent return to COVID-19 lockdown level 3 in Auckland is unfortunate news for struggling businesses, especially in the retail and hospitality sector. As distressing as this is, we’d like to point you in the direction of ways you can cushion the pandemic’s economic impact – some of which you may not have heard about. We also through a couple of interesting COVID-related articles into mix. Business…  Read more

What business leaders have learned during COVID-19

In the last few months, we have done more online shopping, curb-side pick-up, and Zoom workouts than ever before, and it is pretty clear that the global business landscape has changed. Perhaps forever. Through it all, entrepreneurs and business owners have reduced, enhanced, retargeted and outright pivoted their product and service offerings to evolve in the face of change. This global response to the pandemic will define the way we…  Read more

Post lockdown business planning: how we can help

AUGUST UPDATE: Fully funded support is available through the Regional Business Partner Network. Please talk to us to see if you are eligible to apply. Read more below. As a small business owner in the midst of the global pandemic, you’ve probably had to make changes to your business model. Whether it was hosting meetings with clients on Zoom, learning about encryption technology to allow employees access to sensitive information…  Read more

Covid-19: running a not-for-profit in a changing world

Every not-for-profit organisation will have had different experiences over the last couple of months during the ongoing global pandemic. But most will have experienced a reduced ability to raise funds through traditional methods and have had to make difficult decisions to suspend events or fundraising activities. Your organisation may also have been hit as gaming trust funding dried up with pubs, clubs and bars shut. The not-for-profit sector provides an…  Read more

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