BDO CentralLisa Townsend

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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...
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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...
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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...
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First Impressions Count
Organisations generally invest significant amounts of time on the recruitment process to fill vacancies, plus checking the credentials of the preferred candidate and getting them signed up. After investing all that time and money it’s important to get your new employee off to a good start. It may be timely to review your induction process, or if you don’t really...
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Protecting your assets in the event of insolvency
Despite being law in New Zealand for well over a decade, the Personal Property Securities Act 1993 (“PPSA”) remains a mystery to some and misunderstood by many. The minimal time and costs involved in protecting your interests under the PPSA can make a significant impact when compared to the economic loss you could suffer when the correct procedures have not...
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The art of letting go
When the time comes for employees to make a change and resign their employment it generally occurs under a shroud of secrecy. People go to great lengths to ensure their current employer is the last to know. This isn’t an ideal scenario for any of the parties. The employee has to sneak away to interviews, they can’t use the current...
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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...