Business Advice and Development

Building a Better Business in 10 Steps

There’s no magic bullet to building a better business; it’s about taking small steps every day to get a bit better than the day before - it all adds up! Get in touch to find out more.

Setting sales targets

How do you set attainable sales targets in a crisis? We’ll talk you through your business aims, profit goals, and historic sales performance, to set targets that truly deliver on your goals.

Why you must set SMART goals

“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot”. A SMART goal has five parameters; any goal (if you want to achieve it) must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Need help resetting the goals in your Business Plan?

GST and land sales

In 2011, the GST Act was amended to prescribe that a supply of land between two GST registered parties was subject to a rate of zero percent if the land was to be used by the purchaser to make taxable supplies and not as a principal place of residence.

Think hard about passwords

Are your computers satisfactorily password protected? Similarly, if someone got hold of your computer, could they easily access your bank account? If you have memorised usernames and passwords, are bank accounts still adequately protected?

What exactly is blockchain? What does cryptocurrency mean for my business?

Blockchain is like a block of strong boxes with glass fronts – the contents are visible but totally secure. 

Let’s talk fraud and internal controls

Fraud. It does happen, but there are ways your organisation can work to prevent it from occurring. Having good internal controls – policies and procedures that ensure the integrity of accounting and financial information – can reduce the opportunities for fraud to be committed.

Transform your organisation from the inside out

Recently Moore Stephens Markhams Wellington directors Abbey Warner and Bruce Stormer engaged the services of Cathy Sheppard, the founder and ‘top trainer’ of BSI People Skills, an organisation that builds and strengthens individuals and teams, resulting in a transformed workplace culture.

How cyber-secure are you?

Blackmail, extortion and identity theft might sound like something straight out of a blockbuster movie but cyber crime is not only a reality, it’s on the rise and research shows the average Kiwi business isn’t prepared.  

Employee engagement leads to business success

Modern HR practice considers people managers to be at the forefront of the employee experience, with employee engagement stemming directly from an employee’s relationship with their manager. It is often said that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. 

How can benchmarking help your business grow and prosper?

Benchmarking is not rocket science but it’s surprising how few businesses take the opportunity to gauge themselves against their competitors and industry peers.

Atlas Gentech & Simply Leasing | Driven by the deal, loving the success of what you do

With the US$151 million sale of their technology equipment group this year, Auckland businessmen 
Steve Moss, Alan Willett and Steve Varney (pictured), could justifiably call it a day. But the trio are still chasing deals; this time to build their next business Simply Leasing, in the rapidly growing equipment leasing market.

Risky business: managing cyber threats

The digital revolution is well and truly upon us and businesses are reaping the rewards. Online accounting software automates bookkeeping, cloud solutions increase computing capacity while saving costs, online stores open up whole new markets for retailers. It goes on.  

It’s game on! Huge changes are coming for business, fast!

Directors Dan Druzianic from Hawke’s Bay and Paul Rickerby, Christchurch recently attended a week-long Harvard Business School leadership programme developed for international Moore Stephens directors, that built on a first programme they attended two years ago.

What is your business doing to attract the next generation?

Gen Z (born after 1995) are tech-savvy, entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box thinkers – people you want on your team. Here are four ways to attract and retain New Zealand’s next generation of workers.  

Proof of intention when buying or selling property

The sale and purchase of residential property is an area of focus for IRD investigators because of the ongoing investment in the Property Compliance Programme.