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14-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Succession Planning Is Important

Succession planning involves a number of interrelated items which need to be considered if the family

13-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Advertising - Comply With The Law

There are various laws relating to advertising which can be

12-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Debtors’ Financing (Factoring)

A recent Dunn and Bradstreet report on debtors’ days outstanding

11-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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What’s It Mean?

Gross profit means… the difference between sales and cost of goods sold. Ideally your gross profit should

10-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Surviving Recovery

In a bumpy recovery period, you might need to think about steps for surviving recovery, as well as the steps you

09-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Corporate Governance – Directors’ Meeting Agendas

One of the foundations of a sound corporate governance system within a company is to hold regular Board

08-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Strategies For Improving Times

In a bumpy recovery period, you might need to think about steps for surviving recovery, as well as the steps you

07-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Corporate Governance Applies To All Directors

If you are a company director, you have the same corporate governance responsibilities as a director of a major

06-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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How do you develop lifetime customers?

§ Improve your referral system

05-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Romalpa Clause

Are you selling goods on credit?

04-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Credit Insurance

If you are selling a large proportion of your sales by credit, consideration could be given to taking out a

03-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Key Performance Indicators Can Help Your Business Succeed

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are tools that are used to help people

02-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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The Media Can Help

Great benefits can be gained from issuing regular media

01-Sep-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Referral Systems Can Help

Have you considered establishing a referral system that will encourage your customers to refer their friends

31-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Customer Service – Have You Reviewed Yours Lately?

Every so often you should stand back from your business and

28-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Interpretation of Financial Accounts

When you’re running your own business, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have to be expert at

27-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Do You Know Your Competitive Edge?

In business you can never be everything to everyone. To be

26-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Inducting A New Employee

Induction of new staff is very important if your business is going to maximise the benefits from employing a

25-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Getting Your Business Ready For Sale

So you are thinking about selling your business…

24-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Business Plans – Why Bother?

Why bother with a business plan? If you were going to go on a

21-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Everyone Has 1440 Minutes A Day!

Time is one of those things that cannot be expanded, but it can be better managed. Every one of us has 24 hours or 1440 minutes a day. Some business people are better managers of their time then others. Business people need to allocate the number of hours per day that they are prepared to spend at work and then prioritise how they are going to spend that time. Managers need to consider a lot of things in allocating time covering:

20-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Financial Review

To help your business survive you should examine, in detail, all aspects of

19-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Don’t Leave it to Chance

Here are some things you might like to think about when

18-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Culture Is Important!

There are many attributes to creating a successful long-term business.

16-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Will Written Systems Help?

Putting your business’ systems and procedures into a written manual will give your business a far better chance of being successful. The time and effort it takes to draft a written systems manual will be well worth it because when problems arise, (e.g. a key member of staff is sick), management and staff can refer to the systems manual to get guidance on what should be done in a particular situation.

14-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Have You Reviewed Your Insurances?

It is a good idea to review the adequacy of your insurance covers on an annual basis.

12-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Exemption Certificates from Schedular Payments

A reminder of the requirements when applying for a certificate of exemption from schedular payments. Individuals, trust, partnerships and companies will be eligible for a certificate of exemption if they:

12-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Provisional Tax letters

By now you should have received your provisional tax notice from us.   If however your circumstances have changed and your income has dropped or increased significantly then please contact us to discuss.

11-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Free ebook - Priceless Business Wisdom

21 business leaders share their best insights on how to create far more success in your business.

11-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Honoraria Payments - School Trustees

Honoraria payments include amounts paid by school boards to the chairperson and to each school board trustee for each meeting they attend. Note that although these payments are income to the recipient and should be taxed as such, the amounts paid are intended to cover the recipient's expenses. In this regard, the school board won't need to deduct tax from the following:

09-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Paid Parental Leave

From 1 July 2013 the paid parental leave entitlements have increased. Under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987, parents eligible for the scheme are entitled to up to 14 weeks paid leave at a rate calculated on the basis of their average weekly earnings. The rates increased as follows:

04-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Secure Online Services - GST Returns

From 10 September 2013 the IRD will be removing public access to the standard online GST return. Taxpayers who file their GST returns online will have received a notice about this in July. Note that you will need to file your GST returns using the myIR secure online services GST filing service.

03-Aug-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Create an Unfair Advantage!

Now is the time to create an unfair advantage in your business.

30-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Holiday homes from the 2013/14 income year

Inland Revenue has just released a factsheet setting out the new tax rules that apply to “mixed-use” asset holiday homes from the 2013/14 income year.

27-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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What is RSS?

RSS is short for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication.  RSS feeds allow you to subscribe to news, blogs or websites without having to regularly check back to see if the content has been updated.  Instead, when an update is made, a link is sent directly to your email address to notify you.  It’s a great way to stay informed on your favourite sites, without being bombarded with regular e-newsletters.

23-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Minimising human capital risk when buying a business

Buying a business in NZ?  Chances are you’ll be buying a Small to Medium Enterprise - a business with between 3 and 50 employees and a turnover of $250,000 to $10,000,000.

22-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Netiquette - Maintaining your inbox

Have trouble receiving emails from certain people?  Add their email address to your approved senders or address book so they get through your spam filter.

21-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Need iPad help?

Have you recently purchased an iPad but are not using it to its full advantage?  If so we have teamed up with Computer Coach Annette Bannon to provide you with iPad 10. August 8th 11am - 1 pm.  Please RSVP to dee@astillhawke.co.nz if you wish to register - details below.

20-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Free Content Ideas Generator

Do you struggle to write blog titles, subject lines or headlines?  If so, check this out.

20-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Re-leased Seminar

Tom from Re-leased showed a number of our clients his Commercial Property Software last week.    This is a fantastic Xero add on and well worth letting any Commercial Property Investors and managers know about.

14-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Ideas for minimising the effects of burnout

1.      Establish a morning ritual.  Don’t start the day late, groggy or hungry.  Enjoy time in a favoured spot (living room, local café etc).  Feed your brain, breathe and ease into the day

13-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Signs you may be experiencing burnout:

09-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Attracting followers and promoting your blog

Once you start writing your blog, you want to ensure someone is actually reading it.  There are a number of ways you can engage followers.

08-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Maintaining your blog content

Maintaining the content on your blog is a big commitment and one of the biggest pitfalls bloggers find.  You need to be patient, persistent and disciplined.  Make a plan and establish how often you think you should be posting (the recommendation is at least two to three times a week.)  Work out whether this is feasible, who on your team can manage it and then start to think about what you should be writing about.

07-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Recognising burnout - before you get burnt

Burnout is a contributing factor in the downfall of many SMEs.  What once made you joyously jump out of bed can leave you hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock, post-work related nightmare.

01-Jul-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Business Buddy Growth Program - starting soon

Heads up small to medium business owners – here’s a great opportunity to develop your skills, motivation and business smarts to stay one step ahead of the competition.

30-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Payroll Workshop

What a great event the Smart Payroll Workshop was.  Very informative and interesting.  The Smart Payroll team put on a fantastic presentation and the chocolate was an added bonus.

24-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Marketing your eco-friendly status

More and more businesses are branding themselves as eco-friendly hoping to net eco-aware clientele.  If your business is cleaning up its act then this is a great way to promote your efforts.  However, if it’s just ‘greenwashing’, it can blow back at you.

22-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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A gift of more time

Here at Astill Hawke we are always looking for ways to add value to our

22-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Turning client contact into great client testimonials

Whenever you’re in contact with a client or customer, take the opportunity to ask them about their buying experience.

18-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Re-leased workshop July 11 4-6pm

Astill Hawke Re-leased commercial property workshop

17-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Calling Commercial Property Owners - FREE seminar

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16-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Jammies for June

We are supporting Jammies for June.  This is for Kidz First.    Please help by dropping off new flannelette PJs for 0 - 15 year olds to our collection bin by the end June.

11-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Xero Coffee and Chat - last Friday every month

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10-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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FREE Payroll course - some seats remaining

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09-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Child Support Amendment Act 2013

The Child Support Amendment Act 2013 introduces significant reforms to the child support scheme that will come into effect over the next two years. The intention is to make the child support scheme fairer, taking more factors into account and being more flexible. The changes will take into account a wider range of individual circumstances and reflect changes in family structure and involvement in child upbringing since the child support scheme was first introduced.

07-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Do you need to register for GST?

The end of the tax year is a good time to review your GST status and check whether you need to register.

05-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Here’s our gift of more time

Here at Astill Hawke we are always looking for ways to add value to our

03-Jun-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Keeping records and claiming business expenses

Individuals who earn taxable income from their business activity may claim relevant expenses. The expenses listed here can only be claimed as tax deductible if they were incurred through business activity.

28-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Nominate a budding entrepreneur

Heads up small to medium business owners – here’s a great opportunity to develop your skills, motivation and business smarts to stay one step ahead of the competition.

27-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Blogging for business - is it right for you?

What is a blog?

26-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Unpleasant IRD tactics

We have been informed that the  IRD has outsourced it’s debt collection and that they are by-passing us as the Tax Agent.

25-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Serious steps to reduce your carbon footprint

Serious change starts at the top of an organisation.  Management should enlist specialist help and commit resource to implementing smart, effective and ongoing change to environmental practices.

24-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Your Trade Biz Magazine now available on Newsstand

We are proud to announce that the first edition of Your Trade Biz is available for downlaod on Apple Newsstand - you will need an ipad.

21-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Free Payroll Course - 27th June - RSVP now

17-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Creating a passionate work culture

Company culture is a term for the way an organisation behaves collectively.  A culture is based on the shared attitudes, customs, visions, beliefs, habits, written and unwritten rules, and the values that affect team interaction.

14-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Rod Drury Event - Check out the photos

13-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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It’s time to reduce your business carbon footprint

The concept of green business is nothing new.  As the world embraces cloud based software and aims to reduce carbon emissions, it’s time to get on board - whether you’re motivated by minimising costs, attracting energy conscious customers or making a difference.

11-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Drinkies with Rod Drury - few spaces left - Please RSVP today!!

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07-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Do you have cashflow issues?

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07-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Employment Law Update May 2013 - A Dukesons Business Law Update

By Steven Dukeson

Netiquette - the meaning of email

04-May-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Simple ways to minimise waste and costs

There is a common misconception that using ‘green’ products or practices is cost prohibitive.  Here are some simple ways to tread lighter on the planet and reduce energy consumption:

30-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Drinkies with Rod Drury - few spaces left - Please RSVP today!!

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13-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Clouds keep business fluffy

NIPPING into the local watering hole for a cold one is a good strategy to avoid end-of-year financials but eventually the shoe box of bank statements and invoices has to be confronted and sorted.

13-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Writing An Effective Position Description

A position description is a written summary designed to ensure job applicants and current employees understand their roles.  They’re an important resource when hiring and managing team members, as they reinforce employee accountability.

09-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Drought declared over the North Island

Minister Peter Dunne has extended relief provisions across the whole North Island following the declaration of drought.

08-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Have you made the 1 April changes?

Use this checklist to make sure you've completed all the 1 April 2013 changes.

05-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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IRD cutting down on paper statements and notices

IRD are  taking steps to save you time and reduce the volume of paper they send out by decreasing the number and type of notifications we issue.

02-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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IRD annual tax statistics updated

IRD annual tax statistics have been updated.

01-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Don’t be blasé about tax debt

When it comes to paying bills, we often tend to be blasé and put our financial responsibilities into the too hard basket.  Ignoring debt is the easy option at the time but eventually things catch up with you.  When it comes to paying tax, it is even more important to stay on top of your obligations to avoid potential tax debt.

01-Apr-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Tax due in April and again in May... A bridge too far?

Some of you have a terminal tax bill due 7 April 2013.  If you have IRD interest on these payments, you can pay a lower interest rate through Tax Management NZ.

31-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Year end checklist

When it comes to the end of the financial year, you need to consider a few key factors.  Here are some of the most important ones.

29-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Audit Shield Master Policy

What are random Tax and Government audits?

23-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Changes from April...

Changes from April...

23-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Use of home claims for repairs

Generally you would claim a proportion of the costs for replacing the roof. What is the situation if the repairs are carried out in relation to a part of the house not used by the business, such as rotten weather boards? You would still claim the overall floor area percentage. Anything that is structurally part of the overall house should be claimed on the floor area percentage irrespective of its physical location to the actual business area. It is the opposite for repairs internally.

19-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Employment Law Update March 2013 - A Dukesons Business Law Update- written by Steve Dukesson

Restraints of Trade

18-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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FREE Business Health Check

We are offering our clients a free Business Health Check.    This will highlight your key numbers and your business health indicators.   It will also quantify potential cashflow improvement.

PPSR and Shareholder Loan Account

Whilst the PPSR cannot be used to provide security for equity, there is a way to secure your shareholders loan account in your company using the PPSR.

15-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Tax deductibility life etc premiums

Employer payments of endowment, whole of life, term life and sickness and accident policies for an employee are tax deductible if the employee has an indefeasible right to the proceeds in the event of a claim. However, this is a fringe benefit and FBT is payable. Some insurance agents are telling clients the first part but omitting the second.

12-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Leak proof contracts that stick

10-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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It's that time of year!

It's that time of year!

09-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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2014 PAYE Tables Available

The PAYE tables for the 2014 tax year are now available on the IRD website

08-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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When is a “school fees” payment claimable?

05-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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1 April checklist

Use this checklist to help you get ready for the 1 April changes.

05-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Creating An Online Customer Survey

Online survey tools allow you to easily design and conduct your own surveys, providing a cost effective alternative to printing and posting client feedback forms.

02-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Introducing Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey is a popular online survey web tool.  It’s free at the basic user end as well as incredibly intuitive to use.

01-Mar-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Netiquette - Focus On Fonts

Whenever you’re tempted to style your emails with a particularly smart font remember!  Plainer also means easier to read.  If your readers scroll through hundreds of emails a day, they’ll want to delete anything that looks choppy or hard to read.  And then you’ve lost them.

26-Feb-2013 Kirsten Hawke

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Avoiding A Termination Grievance

It can be extremely testing when an employee pushes the limits of his or her employment.  You may have given that person the benefit of the doubt too many times, and then the final straw breaks....  Failing to follow correct process at the final hour can be extremely costly for an employer, as this Employment Relations Authority ruling demonstrates.