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Half of Kiwi businesses do not have a website

POSTED BY editor ON THE May 8th, 2013

Despite small and medium sized businesses making up the majority of New Zealand’s business community, half of them still do not have a website. According to the survey of SME Digital Readiness by Yellow, 50 per cent of Kiwi small businesses did not have a website and nearly 20 per cent were not utilising any […]

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Riding out 2013

POSTED BY editor ON THE January 17th, 2013

New Zealand small businesses are less confident about their prospects than they were a year ago, with 28% of Kiwi firms expecting the economy to slow down in 2013. However, despite this 68% are hopeful that there will be some growth in their own businesses. To help get through the year, there are a few […]

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Rural business boosts the economy

POSTED BY editor ON THE October 2nd, 2012

New Zealand commodity prices rose for a second month in September, in the strongest monthly gain in a year-and-a-half, led by skim milk powder and aluminium. The largest increase was shared by skim milk powder and aluminium, both up 11 per cent, followed by butter and whole milk powder up 8 per cent, wool and […]

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Running an effective home office Part 2

POSTED BY editor ON THE September 12th, 2012

Invest in a fast Internet connection if you’re working from home full-time. Once you get used to fast service and being constantly connected to the Internet, it makes email communication and finding information much easier. When you work from home, area you’ll quickly deal with is which expenses are deductible as business expenses and which […]

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Running an effective home office Part 1

POSTED BY editor ON THE September 12th, 2012

For those who have a home office, the flexibility and extra time spent with the family are the most rewarding aspect.  It is also much more cost effective than renting or owning a business premises.  There are a few potential issues that come with operating out of your house; here are key points to a […]

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What Public Relations experts know

POSTED BY editor ON THE September 10th, 2012

1.  Establish a company blog Having a corporate blog is a definite plus for companies of all sizes. A blog is an effective tool for small companies because it gives them a global stage from which to tell their brand story, add value and connect with customers and partners; large companies can benefit from a […]

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Is now the time to invest overseas?

POSTED BY editor ON THE August 27th, 2012

A new report has predicted that New Zealand fund managers will encourage overseas investment as the growth in KiwiSaver funds outpaces the capacity of the local sharemarket to absorb them. Many New Zealanders are vulnerable to the economy through their jobs and houses. If the economy fails, many peoples’ earnings and property will plummet. In times of economic hardship […]

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Changes ahead for KiwiSaver

POSTED BY editor ON THE August 13th, 2012

Close to it’s five year anniversary, KiwiSaver has announced that there will be some changes made to the product. The announcement was made after several sections of KiwiSaver were merged together, in order to streamline some processes and simplify certain aspects of the scheme. Members will be kept fully informed about how the changes will effect them throughout the […]

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Part 2: Lessons from Batman

POSTED BY editor ON THE July 24th, 2012

In honour of  The Dark Knight Rises, here is part 2 of our ‘Lessons from Batman’ article….. After all, Bruce Wayne is the wealthiest guy in (fictional) Gotham! Last Week we looked at the importance of research and development.  This week we focus on branding and networking: Branding – be recognisable A cohesive brand is crucial to […]

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Lessons for SMEs from Batman

POSTED BY editor ON THE July 23rd, 2012

Last week “The Dark Knight Rises”, the third and final instalment of the most recent Batman franchise opened around the world. Taking in an estimated $US195 million in it’s opening weekend, the caped crusader proved extremely profitable, and small businesses could stand to learn a thing or two from fictional multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne. Over the next […]

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