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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

While every effort has been made to provide valuable, useful information in this publication, this firm and any related suppliers or associated companies accept no responsibility or any form of liability from reliance upon or use of its contents.  Any suggestions should be considered carefully within your own particular circumstances, as they are intended as general information only.

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5 Lessons Learned From Scaling A Startup Tenfold

Written by Xero on October 30th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382As your business grows and you add people, how do you keep everyone focused and heading in the right direction?

Xero's Trent Innes shares 'Five Lessons Learned'.
 

Getting Business Structure Right

Written by Greg Millar on October 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

boxing gloves-840-800Learn why spending time on getting your small business structure right is just as important as the exciting times ahead as a new business startup.
 

Play to your strengths

Written by Greg Millar on August 28th, 2017.      0 comments

catch fish hook-44Often, many entrepreneurs are the best salesperson of that business.

But as the business grows, they can fall into a common trap. 
 

NZ Budget 2017: Business growth agenda

Written by Greg Millar on May 26th, 2017.      0 comments

budget-789The Government’s plan for growth is sensible conservative fiscal policy, strong orthodox monetary policy, and an ongoing programme of microeconomic reform that enhances the competitiveness and confidence of Kiwi businesses.

It is crucial that we pull on all three of these levers.

 

New website on NZ business funding

Written by Greg Millar on April 10th, 2017.      0 comments

hand-352-636A new website has been created to help NZ businesses learn about government grants and other sources of funding for growth and innovation.
 

Avoid the cash flow surprises that could kill your business

Written by Greg Millar on October 25th, 2016.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382We all know that cash flow is king. But just how much sway does it have? Well, you might want to ask the nine out of 10 small businesses that have failed because of cash flow problems.

According to Dun & Bradstreet 90% of small businesses close their doors because of poor cash flow management.
 

How the rising sun shines on the long white cloud

Written by ANZ BlueNotes on October 7th, 2016.      0 comments

small world-817New Zealand’s focus on Chinese investment has obscured one of the largest cumulative investors in NZ over the last 30 years.

 

The tills are humming in New Zealand

Written by ANZ BlueNotes on August 31st, 2016.      0 comments

NZD calculator-857Dairy farmers may well be bemoaning low milk prices but New Zealand consumers overall do not appear to be letting too much get in the way of increasing their use of credit and charge cards.
 

Leading the charge

Written by Greg Millar on August 4th, 2016.      0 comments

customer reviews-552There is a saying that your biggest market is the one you currently have - most of your sales are likely to be repeat business from existing customers. The reason these customers keep coming back may be partly about what you sell, but chances are that customer service plays a big part. The people you employ can greatly affect the business you do.

You can guide your team to greatness. Here are a few simple steps.
Topics: culture , Growth, service
 

What a business plan can do for you and how to use it

Written by Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants Auckland on May 24th, 2016.      0 comments

blindfold-708Running a business without a business plan is like rock climbing blindfolded. Your chances of making it successfully to the top are slim. And the process will surely be a death-defying one.
 

3 NZ Industry specialists headline trade construction event in April

Written by Anthony McIlroy on March 24th, 2016.      0 comments

0815 Tradie event audience-644We're very excited to be working with such a top-level line-up of NZ construction industry experts and commentators for our next event Make More Money, Do Less Paperwork on 14 April.

Click here to register for free.
 

Alliotts Strategic Business Advisor headlines NZIA industry forums in April

Written by Vanessa Williams on February 10th, 2016.      0 comments

D15011n006-266 All the way from Auckland to Christchurch and in-between: Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants are thrilled to announce Anthony McIlroy – Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor – will be The New Zealand Institute of Architect’s (NZIA) keynote speaker at their professional development events for members throughout New Zealand in April 2016.
 

Struggling to find good staff or contractors? You’re not the only one!

Written by Anthony McIlroy on November 19th, 2015.      0 comments

consultant-885As the number rises of building consents issued, so does the demand for labour in the trades sector. When the time comes to replace or add to your head count you want to make sure you are getting the right people on the team. 

To give you a leg up we have prepared a five-step process to use when defining your questions and conducting an interview. To top it off we provide a list of common interview questions to extract the type of information you need to make an informed decision.

#helpingyoutradebetter
 

Getting bigger?

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 7th, 2015.      0 comments

hand-352-636If you decide to grow your business and get bigger by headcount and shareholders then the critical thing you need to remember is leverage.

There is no point bringing on another shareholder if you are not planning on growing your turnover and profit dramatically.

Don’t end up with too many chiefs and not enough profitability.
 

Doing business in New Zealand?

Written by Greg Millar on July 20th, 2015.      0 comments

0715 nz budget alliotts ad-27NZ's recent Budget shows it’s still a good time to invest in New Zealand with a surplus forecast in 2016, low inflation and good economic growth. 

Alliott NZ in Auckland is a well-established firm with a solid track record in helping Australian businesses successfully set up in New Zealand - over 50 of them so far.

Our NZ Budget 2015 summary has been specially created so you can discuss the opportunities with any clients who might be looking to grow or expand overseas. 
 

Eastern Bays and keeping the tax man at bay – how Dell Electrical does both

Written by Greg Millar on June 30th, 2015.      0 comments

Electrician installing outdoor connections on multifamily house-859-229-641-564Auckland’s Milan Dell doesn’t advertise his electrical contracting business like most. He doesn’t need to thanks to the reputation and word of mouth he has built up over the last 15 years, and the great work his father did before that. And, for 25 years now, the Dells have used Alliott NZ to look after their business and personal tax affairs. Between their business and Greg Millar, they have a very streamlined set up in place.
 

Alliotts speak with Grant Millar from Auckland's Precision Construction Limited

Written by Greg Millar on June 9th, 2015.      0 comments

PCL waiheke 01-285x186-816Proudly living up to their motto Do it right the first time, ‘precision’ is not a term that was chosen lightly when Grant Millar’s business was first formed. He not only founded PCL 35 years ago, but has remained hands on and involved throughout all stages of his business. Where many start-ups fail after the first few years, Grant made sure his business was robust with dynamic systems and procedures to support it.

Having built an enviable track record in residential and light commercial construction for a broad spectrum of clients, Grant continues to work with Alliott NZ for professional advice covering all aspects of PCL.