New Changes to Paid Parental Leave

Prospective parents, business owners/operators and managers should all be aware of new changes the Government is applying to paid parental leave. From 1st April 2016 staff are entitled to receive a total of 18 weeks of government-paid parental leave. This is an additional two weeks over the previous entitlement of 16 weeks. The paid parental

2016-04-28T09:25:53+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Resources|

New Information Website for Small Businesses

A new website called Under 5 Small Business specifically targeted at small businesses with fewer than 5 employees has been launched. Created by Waikato-based businessman and small business adviser Bob Weir, the site offers advice to small businesses on a range of topics including accounting, legal, marketing, human resources and operations. It aims to provide

2015-11-02T13:46:24+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Resources|

Henderson Lincoln Business Association Makes Progress

Formed late last year in a bid to support and give voice to the Henderson business community, the Henderson Lincoln Business Association has rapidly grown to a membership base of 60 companies. A new website has been developed and is now live at:, providing an understanding of the Association’s objectives, activities, members, upcoming events

2015-04-30T13:55:41+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Resources|

Xero Payroll Now Available

Xero has released its combined accounting and payroll solution to its 120,000+ small business customer base in New Zealand. Payroll is built as a feature of the Xero accounting system, essentially combining the functions in a single platform.  As arguably two of the most critical office tasks involved in running a business, the solution simplifies

2015-04-30T13:54:08+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Resources|

Small Business Support from Statistics New Zealand

Statistics New Zealand has launched a new section on their website dedicated to assist small businesses with customer and market research.  The online resource provides data on potential customers, markets, industries and competitors, which can be invaluable to businesses for developing a variety of business strategies, and particularly entry or growth strategies.  The data is

2015-04-30T13:51:26+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Resources|

New Online Calculator for SMEs, at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, has developed a new online tool to help small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) calculate the cost of employing staff. The online calculator estimates the cost of hiring new staff, including fixed costs such as salary/wages, ACC levies and KiwiSaver, and discretionary costs such as recruitment, training

2014-12-17T11:55:06+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Human Resources, Resources|

Xero: Did You Know?

Xero is a constantly evolving cloud-based software which many small businesses have been attracted to.  If you’re anything like us, you know that information is powerful!  You may not be aware that Xero have extensive help facilities available to all users.  These are worth checking out if you’re ever stuck:      There is also

2014-09-04T12:43:26+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Accounting and Taxation, Resources|

Applying for New Zealand Superannuation

If you’re in your 60’s you may be looking forward to receiving NZ Superannuation and a SuperGold Card.  However, be aware that Super is not an automatic process that commences straight after your 65th birthday.  You will need to personally apply to receive Super in order for payments to begin.  Once you are aged 64

2014-09-04T12:40:34+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Resources|

Video Support From IRD For New Businesses

Inland Revenue has launched a series of ‘Introduction to Business’ videos designed to help people going into business for themselves.  The topics covered are: Business structures Income and provisional tax Expenses Depreciation Registering for GST All of the videos are less than 7 minutes long and transcripts are also available.  You can view the videos

2013-11-01T09:34:35+00:00 November 1st, 2013|Resources|