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SUPERCHARGED ADVENTURE A MUST-DO EXPERIENCE
Ten adrenaline seekers from Hawke’s Bay – bar one from Hunterville – started 2018 on the ultimate product promotion trip that they’ll never forget and which is now set to become a regular opportunity for others. While Hawke’s Bay was in the midst of a hot summer, the 10 blokes and one of the wives were ploughing their way through...
Business Leaders
High Flying Scot ready to take airport into new era
The Hawke’s Bay Airport has a new chief executive. Stuart Ainslie, a Scot, who brings a wealth of experience within the aviation sector and he's arrived with fresh eyes and ideas on how to further establish the airport as the gateway to the region. Where are you from? I was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, which was the original capital seat...
Business Profiles
On the right Axis for growth
A Hawke’s Bay business that plays a big role in putting other businesses up in bright shining lights, prefers to keep a low profile. Axis might not be well known within the Hawke’s Bay scene in general but they are the ‘go to’ business for sign writers nationwide through to boat manufacturers and everything in between. So, what do Axis...
Business Profiles
Collective wisdom, bottom line success – The Alternative Board
Many small and medium businesses (SMEs) in Hawke’s Bay are set to benefit from a globally successful business development model that is based on collaboration of those sitting around a boardroom table. The Alternative Board - www. thealternativeboard.co.nz, has been brought to the Bay by two well-known local businessmen Wayne Baird and Russell Jaggard. It draws on their wide range...
Pro Business advice
Too small for independent advice?
Many small business owners assume that company boards are for the big boys – yet the benefits of independent directors or advisors apply to all businesses, irrespective of size or structure. Owner-run businesses can be averse to appointing outside directors or advisors, driven by a mix of ‘she’ll be right’ mentality, a desire to keep everything in ‘the family’ or...
Pro Property
Valuing up the Napier Office Rental Space
Traditionally there has always been an oversupply of secondary office rental space in Napier and Hawke’s Bay in general. Tenants have favoured, new or well renovated office accommodation which has meant that landlords with second tier accommodation have always struggled to attract tenants. However, recent developments in June 2017 saw the Napier City Council identify the council civic buildings as...
Pro Legal
Have You Got the Right Lease?
It is probably fair to say that most small businesses do not own their own premises and, in such situations, it is necessary to “lease” premises. An Agreement to Lease (ATL) is usually the preliminary document, prepared by a commercial real estate agent, that contains the basic information agreed on by the Landlord and Tenant. The formal Deed of Lease...
Pro HR
The Value of Longevity
I started working in HR a long time ago – I won’t say how many years because it ages me. Back then it was very common to have benefits in employment agreements to recognise length of service. There was long service leave, salary scales with automatic increments based on service, generous service-based redundancy formulae, extra annual leave after so many...
Pro IT
It’s Planning Time
What would happen to your business if you lost a server, had a hard drive failure or lost/broke a laptop, tablet or mobile phone? Would your business be able to pick things up and continue to operate the business? For those with a Disaster Recovery Plan, probably yes, and for those without one, possibly but with more difficulty than those...
Pro RMA
Statutory acknowledgements & RMA
A number of different co- management initiatives have been established in recent times, however in the world of resource management it’s the Statutory Acknowledgements framework that is likely to be encountered on an everyday basis. Statutory Acknowledgements have arisen from a number of Treaty of Waitangi settlements around the country as part of cultural redress for Maori. They relate to...