Entries by Anna Patchett

Barbican Training Centre

Barbican Training Centre is an organisation we love to recommend to our clients, they provide outstanding training for people new to business or those who want to improve their business management and IT skills. The popular no fee, 36 week, ‘Certificate in Small Business Management’ is starting again in March 2017. The programme is designed […]

Gifts of Food & Drink

IRD have recently clarified their position on gifts of food and drink, ie hampers, Christmas ham etc, and these gifts now fall under the Entertainment rule and are only 50% deductible as there is a private benefit. It makes no difference whether the gift is to staff, suppliers or customers. Gifts other than food and […]

Easter Trading Law Change

A recent change to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 now enables councils to decide whether shops in their district can open on Easter Sunday. The change is from Easter 2017, depending on each individual council. We will update you closer to the time with our councils’ local policies. For employers who plan to open on Easter […]

The Power of Values in Driving Organisational Change

Most people instinctively understand the concept of values, after all we all have them, but most people tend to think of them as something that relates to a person and not an organisation. However, many successful businesses and organisations, across a range of sectors, are successfully using organisational values as a base to improve the […]

IRD focus on cash jobs continues

IRD are continuing to focus on cash jobs among builders and other tradespeople. They are looking into record keeping and tax compliance in these industries with the most recent focus being on Christchurch. It’s never too late to voluntary disclose income that might not have been declared previously in your tax returns. A voluntary disclosure […]

Are You Guilty of the Following?

Here are five of the most common slip ups employers have been making recently. 1. Not having your employee sign the employment agreement prior to starting is liable to result in problems including: a. Any 90 day trial period clause would be void b. Terms and conditions could be difficult to enforce and costly to negotiate after […]

Nelson Arts Festival

Once again we are delighted to be able to sponsor a show at the 22nd annual Nelson Arts Festival. The show we are sponsoring this year is Songs For The Fallen, described as “An outrageous, corset-busting cabaret about a woman who knew one thing: good girls don’t make history. Paris in 1847. Marie Duplessis – […]