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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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Xero app partner for tradies

Written by Greg Millar on November 27th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382Fergus - Cloud-based job management software specially built for tradies.

From site visits through to scheduling, quoting, invoicing and much more - Fergus manages all your tasks in one place and gives you the insight you need to grow.

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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.
 

NZ Tradies - Make more money, do less paperwork!

Written by Anthony McIlroy on March 10th, 2016.      0 comments

we understand tradies-980 Alliott NZ in conjunction with Tradeworx and Lawyer Karen Overend present a seminar for BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR on 14 April in Auckland.

Click here to register for free.

#helpingyoutradebetter
 

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
 

Builders - using Xero, but really need a Construction Management System?

Written by Anthony McIlroy on November 9th, 2015.      0 comments

we understand tradies-980 If you own a building or construction business, do you use a CMS that not only reports on your business performance, but also ties in with your accounting software? Do you even know what a CMS is?

Alliotts' trades sector expert Anthony McIlroy works with trade business owners to unlock the value of a CMS to address key questions like how to grow your business, increase cash flow, etc.

 
 

How to know if your Accountant understands your Building Company

Written by Anthony McIlroy on October 30th, 2015.      0 comments

we understand tradies-980When speaking with your current accountant, do they have a good handle on what drives your business?

We list 6 targeted questions you can ask yourself to find out.

 

How’s your business cash flow leading into Christmas?

Written by Anthony McIlroy on October 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

nz money 100s 50s generic n2-451The age old saying, “Cash is King” certainly holds true throughout Christmas! Not only do you want to have enough money to enjoy the summer break, you also need enough to cover GST, payroll taxes, provisional tax and staff holiday leave.
 

Auckland housing market sales hit 15-year high

Written by Anthony McIlroy on October 6th, 2015.      0 comments

sold-752Auckland house sales jumped to an August record as a flood of new listings hit the market while average prices fell in the month, according to Barfoot & Thompson.

August can be a slow month for sales, but this year it was the third busiest sales month for 16 months. Prices will most likely increase modestly in coming months from where they are at present.

#helpingyoutradebetter

 

“Just be honest mate and pay your tax,” say tradies

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

we understand tradies-980Survey of Auckland tradespeople shows an Inland Revenue campaign highlighting cash jobs has hit home, with four in five believing they’ll get caught if they cheat on their taxes.

The survey of nearly 420 tradies shows that the message that doing under-the-table jobs is a tax crime is getting through.

#helpingyoutradebetter

 

Timely reminder for NZ construction and trade businesses

Written by Anthony McIlroy on September 29th, 2015.      0 comments

deadline-225Exceeding your business potential?

Did you know that Alliotts not only works with construction and trade businesses to minimise tax, file GST and income taxes. We also work with businesses like yours to establish what is needed to really get humming.

#helpingyoutradebetter

 
 

50-year high for New Zealand construction boom

Written by Anthony McIlroy on September 21st, 2015.      0 comments

build-472Statistics New Zealand reported more than $4 billion worth of activity was put in place in the three-month period - the most since records began.

Whilst it’s exciting times for construction and the trades servicing the sector, have you thought about how to future proof your business and take advantage of the upswing?

#helpingyoutradebetter
 

NZ tradie businesses embrace a better way at Parnell event

Written by Anthony McIlroy on August 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Speakers-580-793Four leading New Zealand trade industry experts came together to urge builders and construction businesses to seize the opportunities in the market place to make more money whilst doing less paperwork. 

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What do tradies have to say about Make more Money, Do less Paperwork?

Written by Anthony McIlroy on July 29th, 2015.      0 comments

Electrician installing outdoor connections on multifamily house-859-229-641-564Whether you're turning over $150K or $30M, our free seminar in Parnell on 11 August will help you improve your business' bottom line, better manage your risk, bring greater clarity to your business performance and help you plan for the future.

Basically, it's designed to help you make more money and do less paperwork. Read what some of our trade sector clients have said.

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Take a look at our speakers for Tradies Make More Money, Do Less Paperwork

Written by Anthony McIlroy on July 24th, 2015.      0 comments

we understand tradies-895-816We're very excited to be working with such a top level line-up of NZ construction industry experts and commentators for our next event, Tradies Make More Money, Do Less Paperwork on 11 August.

Take a few moments to read about each speaker who, between the four of us, will cover massive amount of information in just 90 minutes. Whether you're turning over $150K or $30M, our free seminar will help you improve your business' bottom line, better manage your risk, bring greater clarity to your business performance and help you plan for the future. Basically designed to help you make more money and do less paperwork.

#helpingyoutradebetter
 

Tradies - Make more money, do less paperwork - free seminar

Written by Anthony McIlroy on July 22nd, 2015.      0 comments

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Free event for business owners in the NZ construction sector,  hosted by Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants and other industry experts.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM | Parnell, Auckland

Searching for a better way to build a thriving business doing what you do best?

Let us help you get on the right track – FOR FREE.

 

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.
 

Warning: IRD targets the trades

Written by Anthony McIlroy on May 11th, 2015.      0 comments

we understand tradies-895-816The Inland Revenue have announced a focus on the cash economy particularly in the trade’s sector with, as part of a wider campaign, a particular focus on sub-contractors in Flatbush, Takanini, Silverdale and Albany. If you think you're fine because you haven’t been operating in those areas, be aware that it mightn't take much to be pulled into an IRD investigation as part of another's investigation.