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Synergy by name and by nature

Synergy (noun) – “The interaction or cooperation of two or more organisations, substances,or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” James Alexander and Alex Ward are clear on one thing; a foundation of their success in business is their complementary skills. Since starting Synergy Flooring nearly two […]

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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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Magnetic Appeal

Resilience, innovation and sheer Kiwi determination – that pretty much sums up FlexiDRILL’s evolution from business start-up drilling contractor to international market leader in magnetic and mechanical induced vibration drilling equipment for the mineral extraction industry. Bruce Munro is a man of business. He sits on a number of boards of directors and manages a […]

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Passion for the bean

It’s easy to see how someone could get hooked on the business of coffee… once you understand the journey from green bean to cup, it leaves you hankering to learn more. At least, that’s how it happened for Chris White, founder of the gold-standard coffee wholesaler Altura Coffee Company Limited. His father wouldn’t let him […]

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R & D Tax Credits – here we go again

Back in Budget 2007 the then Labour Government introduced a short-lived Research and Development (R&D) tax credit scheme that only lasted for the 2008/09 income year before it was abolished by the in-coming National Government in favour of R&D grants. Fast forward to 2019 and the now Labour Government has reintroduced a R&D tax credit […]

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Auckland drivers to bear the brunt of new fuel tax

Draft legislation for the proposed regional fuel tax was introduced to Parliament late last week, (Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill (38-1)) and is expected to be passed in June with an implementation date from 1 July 2018.   The purpose of the fuel tax is to establish a mechanism to gather funding […]

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Staying in the Sweet Spot

For the majority of business owners we deal with one of their key goals is growth. In fact, there is a general fixation on growth within New Zealand, but as we’ve seen with the recent growth in the Auckland population, growth often comes hand in hand with pain.   When I hear that growth is […]

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What does the new Labour Coalition Government mean for tax?

By Shelley-ann Brinkley – 20 October 2017 So, we finally know the make-up of the New Zealand Government (Labour, NZ First and the Greens) yet we still don’t know what tax policies are going to change – and we won’t know until sometime next week at the earliest. The tax policy wish-list of the new […]

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the growth sector comes of age

By Hayes Knight – 18 October 2017 Hayes Knight has been a key sponsor of the Franchising New Zealand Survey since the survey was recommissioned in 2010, after a period of 7 years when no nationwide survey was undertaken. The last survey was carried out in 2012 and the most recent survey results were released […]

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