How digital are you?

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4 burning questions SMEs are asking

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This time last year, you might have been pondering Christmas bonuses or booking your summer holiday, but with a completely different business landscape in front of us, your head is no doubt filled with different questions. Here we explore four common topics keeping Kiwi business owners up at night. 
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Smart ways to get your costs under control

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Cashflow has been a big issue for thousands of businesses this year, and when the money's not rolling in, it can help to rethink your costs. To do it effectively involves more than just keeping an eye on outgoings. It's about looking at all the moving parts of your business to see if your systems (or lack of) are costing you unnecessarily. Here's how:
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Why mentors are worth their weight in gold

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Looking to improve your business? Gaining a fresh perspective from someone who's lived and breathed business challenges could be the ticket. We talk to Chief Executive of Business Mentors New Zealand, Sarah Trotman, ONZM, about why having a mentor to listen and provide support and guidance can be invaluable for SMEs.  Read more…

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The government has announced an extension of a further 8 weeks to the 12 week Covid-19 wage subsidy already in place. 

Applications can't be made until 10th of June.
  • It is available if you are down or expect to be down 50% in revenue for the 30 days (or nearest period) prior to 10/6/20, compared with last year.
  • We would expect the period of May this year would be a suitable substitute if you were not a cash-based business. 
  • First step will be to look at your sales records for May 2019, or the period May 11 to June 9 so you have benchmark.

We'll be sending out further information as the details become clearer.  

14 May 2020 - Information on the Work and Income website's "COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension" page states:
A Wage Subsidy Extension payment will be available to support employers, including sole traders, who are still significantly impacted by COVID-19 after the Wage Subsidy ends.
The Wage Subsidy Extension will be available from 10 June 2020 until 1 September 2020.
Visit the Work and Income website for more information.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article.  

Protect yourself with patents and trade marks

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If you've got a new invention, are launching a brand or marketing a new stream of business, it's important to consider whether you need a patent or trade mark. Both take at least six months to process in New Zealand, so the sooner you do your homework, the better.  Read more…

Proof you can profit from going eco on your farm

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Sustainable business practices are good for the planet and its people, but can you make money from it? Here are three of the 2019 Ballance Farm Environment Award winners, who say – yes you can.

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Conducting R&D? Cash in!

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Are you conducting research and development on home turf? You could be eligible for a tax credit of 15% on eligible R&D expenditure. The Government have introduced legislation bringing in a new R&D tax credit effective from the 2019/20 income tax year (1 April 2019 for most taxpayers) to encourage more Kiwi businesses to invest in new or improved processes, services or goods. It means innovative companies can receive a tax credit and maybe then have a bit of extra cash to help grow their business when they need it most.  Read more…

Hotmilk a hit on the global stage

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When long-time friends Lisa Ebbing and Ange Sloan teamed up to launch fashion-forward maternity lingerie, they had a global brand in mind. Now, just 7% of their business is local with international sales streaming in via their thriving website and the 300 stores across the globe selling their provocative but practical products.  Read more…

Keen to export: know where to start?

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Here's what you need to think about before hitting the (overseas) ground running.  Read more…

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