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Revitalising the value of Hastings CBD
Williams’ Harvey undertakes a retail shop occupancy survey of the Central Business District (CBD) of Hastings City. The survey is based on retail shop numbers and considers main street retail, side street retail and overall retail vacancies. Our last survey was completed in October 2018 and recorded 10.20% of the retail space within Hastings to be vacant which equates to...
Pro Business advice
Drive performance by better understanding the numbers
Hawke’s Bay’s economy is booming. The region is experiencing growth across a range of sectors and industries, unemployment numbers are dropping, house prices continue to rise and there is an air of business confidence within the region which is encouraging business owners to look to their future and what opportunities these positive developments could bring. One of these opportunities is...
Pro IT
Outstanding performance for region’s economy
I’m no expert in economics, but I can see the numbers and it looks good, but what about the future? As much as an economist can look at all economic indicators, I look at it from my frame of reference, how will technology contribute to the Regions growth from 2020 and beyond? The World Economic Forum has identified five areas...
Pro Legal
Expanding your business? Proceed carefully …
It’s great to see Hawke’s Bay’s economy steaming ahead and to notice lots of positive signs that our business environment is thriving.As your business improves and demand increases you may be thinking about expanding by hiring new staff. Before you start making offers however there have been a number of changes to employment law recently that you need to be...
Pro Education
Climbing the ladder in the apple industry
The apple industry in Hawke’s Bay is thriving. Looking at 2017 statistics published by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd. since 2015, apple orchards in New Zealand have increased in value by approximately 70 percent. In 2017 New Zealand exported 343,000t of apples (total production of 384,000t). Of which, 70 percent are grown in Hawke’s Bay....
Pro Commercial property
CGT debate over, a flying start to 2019 set to continue
Now that the debate about the introduction of a comprehensive capital gains tax is out of the way, we expect confidence to build further in the commercial property sector over 2019. Starting with such a strong base to grow from, with over $138 million in commercial property sold in 2018, up from $116m the previous year, we knew 2019 would...
Pro Property
What will Property Values do in 2019?
2018 was another interesting year in the New Zealand property market. With stable and relatively high volumes Hawke’s Bay values generally showing consistent growth similar to the rest of the country except for Auckland and Christchurch. Without doubt in 2018 our local property market was being impacted by the more macro of government policy and this will continue in 2019....
Pro Business advice
Strategic planning for business success
In our experience, we find many businesses rate strategy as hugely important but don’t have the time, skills or knowledge to implement meaningful strategy in their own businesses. This often stems from business owners being subject to the ‘tyranny of urgent’ – meaning everyday tasks often take precedence over the more valuable and highly necessary big-picture requirement of taking stock...
Pro HR
It’s Great to be an Employer
I decided a celebration of the good things about being an employer was in order. These things apply whether you own your own business or you manage someone else’s business. I am often asked why anyone would want to work in HR – with a clear implication that it involves a lot of unpleasant ‘stuff’ no-one likes doing. This is...
Pro Legal
Business Ownership — preparing your exit strategy
It is common that an aspect of a business owner’s retirement plan is to sell the business and to use the proceeds to fund their retirement. It is important that thought and planning be given to the “exit strategy” so that when it comes time to sell the business, it is in the best shape. This is particularly important in...