New location but same proud history of serving local business

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    Director Mark Knofflock chats with receptionists Treena Shearer, left and Christine Harris.
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    Our multi-media conference room for presentations, seminars and workshops.
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    Our accounting team has plenty of personal space yet it’s easy for communication.
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    One of our four meeting rooms, complete with split screens for digital presentation of financials.
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    The outside of our new building in the Business HQ at 308 Queen Street East in Hastings.

Over its 104 year history, the firm that is today called Moore Stephens Markhams Hawkes Bay, has had many changes of people and location. 2016 sees the latest of these.

Our Hastings office has moved to a purpose-built suite of offices and meeting rooms on the former Bay Ford car yard in Hastings, that boast the latest in work-smart technologies.

The team of 21 is now located on one level and positioned strategically to allow for easy communication and streamlined productivity.

The four meeting rooms of varying sizes are geared for electronic presentations of client financials and the larger of these, the conference room, is fitted with multimedia equipment for seminars and workshops. This room can open up to flow into the reception area for social events.

Four years in gestation, the new building has a smaller footprint than the previous home in King Street North, due to much smaller storage space required as the firm has progressively moved to ‘paperless’ electronic storage methods.

Over the 18 months prior to the move, the team had been scanning documents to store electronically, and a concerted effort was made to return files to clients. The result being that the firm’s 35 filing cabinets were made redundant.

“As well as moving into a modern building that is 100 percent-plus of the building code, by not paying for storage space, we’ve been able to make the whole space as affordable and productive as possible,” says Gwen Rurawhe who, as firm CEO, has project managed the whole process. “It’s been a huge job but we are thrilled to be here and enjoying the boost the new environment is giving us.”

Joining the team in the office is Gerard Bryant and his team of four. Bryant Associates has merged with Moore Stephens Markhams Hawkes Bay, with Gerard, now a consultant, working with director and owner Mark Knofflock to familiarise him on client affairs.

For receptionist Christine Harris, the new reception area is bliss with its outlook to the busy Queen Street, trees and sky. During her many years with the firm, Christine has worked in four locations – “all sticking with the Kings and Queens” she notes ironically. Since its inception, the firm has largely been found in either Queen or King Streets in Hastings. Since 1969, it has moved from Queen Street to two King Street locations, and now back to Queen Street. “It’s definitely a case of saving the best til last,” Christine says.

Another advent of the technological advances of the new building is that Christine can welcome fee payment by Eftpos or credit card at the reception counter.

The new offices are part of the Business HQ complex where complementary business services are co-located.  Already the team is enjoying the opportunity to network and refer work between the other firms housed there.

“It’s a real bonus to be situated with like-minded business advisors,” says Gwen.  “We can combine to hold seminars and bigger events for our collective clients, plus there’s the opportunity to collaborate on business projects.”

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