Category: Business Improvement


Dark clouds on the horizon

With a number of new government policies and initiatives taking bite, businesses are facing a new, more challenging environment. The latest ASB business confidence survey showed business confidence was at its lowest level since March 2009, with New Zealand business confidence falling to more than a 10-year low in the quarter to June 2019. Across […]

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IRD Audits and Risk Reviews

By Hayes Knight – 18 November 2016 Over the last 20 plus years there has been a distinct change in the way Inland Revenue goes about its audit and review “obligations.” In years gone by, most businesses could expect to be audited every 3 to 5 years. This is no longer the case. Audits are […]

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ASB Showgrounds: Making the numbers matter

By Hayes Knight – 27 October 2016 One of Auckland’s premier events venues, ASB Showgrounds operates as a not-for-profit organisation, providing a top-class community facility and bringing significant revenue to the city. It’s been an important community asset for over 100 years, but the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane continues to flourish, hosting multiple large-scale local […]

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25 Ways to think differently and innovate in your business

By Hayes Knight – 21 October 2016 Most of us will remember the now iconic TV and print ads from Apple in the late 1990’s which featured the slogan “Think Different.” The ads inspired people everywhere to become one of the crazy ones and to be innovative and look to change the world. Fast forward […]

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European Ceramics: Flexible when it counts

By Hayes Knight – 11 October 2016 Like most businesses involved in the construction industry, European Ceramics has had to adjust to the ebbs and flows of an ever-changing market. It’s an imperative that’s given rise to its mission statement: to ‘morph, adapt, change and evolve’. If you’ve been to Smales Farm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, […]

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Public vs private sector challenges

By Tristan Dean – 4 October 2016 Every now and again the media picks up on a story involving a government agency, council or charity supposedly spending up large on staff entertainment, big salaries or ‘perks’ and the cry goes up about the inappropriateness and wastefulness, given that it was public money, or money destined […]

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Public vs private sector challenges

Every now and again the media picks up on a story involving a government agency, council or charity supposedly spending up large on staff entertainment, big salaries or ‘perks’ and the cry goes up about the inappropriateness and wastefulness, given that it was public money, or money destined for worthy causes. Even when the spending […]

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Points for Presentation

By Hayes Knight – 28 September 2016 Homestaging company Living Edge Interiors is creating a niche in the top-end housing market. Guided by its passionate new owner Sharon Laffan, the company has grown, solidified its position and extended its offering in exciting new directions. Have you ever walked into an open home, fallen in love […]

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On top of her game

By Hayes Knight – 23 September 2016 She’s a household name in New Zealand and is a recent Olympic silver medalist. Lydia Ko is the Korean-born, New Zealand-raised golfing sensation who’s combined her stunning talent with equal doses of hard work and determination to become the LPGA Tour’s youngest ever winner at the age of […]

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Please Bill no tax cuts

By Tristan Dean – 28 October 2015 When presenting this year’s budget, Bill English announced that tax cuts could be on the cards for next year. It is hardly a coincidence that a tax cut would arrive in an election year, putting more cash in the back pocket of voters just as they are heading […]

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What the first 25 years have taught Urgent Couriers

By Hayes Knight – 22 October 2015 Keeping up with customers’ changing needs and new ways of doing business is essential for a company’s long-term viability. But the businesses that really thrive are led by CEOs who don’t just want to keep up, they’re always looking to stay ahead of the curve. Among them is […]

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How Cuesko was start-up savvy

By Hayes Knight – 19 October 2015 If ever there was a good time to launch a business in the construction industry, now would be it. With the Christchurch rebuild and rising demand for Auckland residential development, the dark days of the GFC are in the past. But for the directors of quantity surveying firm […]

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