Steady As She Goes, For Now

By Murray Jack What a difference a year makes! Last year’s budget was full of optimism with the most significant tax changes in 25 years targeted to provide a platform for productivity and economic growth. A year and two Christchurch earthquakes later and the Government’s accounts are less rosy in the near term. The earthquakes and a slower recovery coming out of the GFC enhanced long recession have exposed prior assumptions. The...

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Looking Towards Christchurch’s New Future
Jan08

Looking Towards Christchurch’s New Future

Bob Stewart is a business recovery team leader at Recover Canterbury, part of a team of experienced and skilled business recovery coordinators helping earthquake-impacted businesses get back on their feet. To find out more visit www.recovercanterbury.co.nz The statistics show that most of us love it, some of us like it and, as with any announcement of this scale, some aren’t keen on it at all. What am I speaking about? The...

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State Of Default
Jan08

State Of Default

The rising rate of loan payment failure By Sandy Galland The toughest of times might be over for many, but latest figures on loan defaults show a marked rise in the number of businesses failing to meet financial commitments. Recent data from leading credit bureau Veda Advantage shows the number of commercial defaults increased by 38.46 percent in 2009, compared to 2008. By comparison, consumer defaults were up by only 8.86 percent....

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Emotional Intelligence
Jan08

Emotional Intelligence

By Kate Pierson In life we are taught the virtues of maintaining holistic balance in day-to-day life. But at times, sustaining that balance can be a challenge. Social, emotional and professional tides of change can disrupt our preferential patterns and propel us forward into unfamiliar territory, requiring us to re-establish the equilibrium. Being emotionally aware and content is part of achieving balance and requires emotional...

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Marketing’s Future

By Bridget Gourlay   Predicting the future is always a risky affair, but in the world of marketing keeping your finger on the pulse of where and how to advertise is crucial. TBWA Group CEO David Walden says there has been a ‘seismic change’ in marketing with the advent of social networking, the digital age and the change in when and how people watch TV, with programmes being available on network websites, able to be...

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Discount Dangers

By Kate Pierson   It’s a sensory stimulant for consumers and can break budgets on a whim. With the ability to bend the will of even the most avid window-only shopper, it’s one of the most attractive concepts to the human eye – the discount. Making the eyes wide, the sales salivary glands water and the heart pit-a-patter in anticipation, it’s one of the most powerful signs in commercial language. Yes, the...

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