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Choosing a Master

Some of the best-known franchise brands, and nearly every international franchise brand in New Zealand, will actually be master franchisees operating under a master franchise agreement. The holder of that agreement – the master franchisee,...

Relationships and other complications

Jon Richardson, a famous UK comedian, once said “all relationships end, either one of you leaves or one of you dies” and that is true in business too. But sometimes the relationship can outlive...

Is your business ready to catch the wave?

There’s a brightness about the future right now. The Covid-19 vaccine is being rolled out in many countries around the world and businesses in industries that could see only darkness last year are starting...

It’s not easy being an employer in 2021

As employers we are currently facing challenging times. We navigated our way through the trials that 2020 brought, with luckily fewer job losses than estimated and since then, business is seemingly booming. But how can...

So, what are we supposed to eat?

Even an instinct as primal as eating has been transformed in the modern world of our luxury lifestyles.

Operational improvements delayed by COVID-19 impacts

Digital Transformation happens when a business decides to improve its operations using technology. The technology used could range from ERP or back-office software to e-commerce systems to speed up order entry and fulfilment. Companies that...

Jump in bond yields

The most significant market move over the last quarter was the jump in longer-term interest rates.

The importance of a Cyber Security Framework

Cyber Security. Those two words seem to be on repeat. Everywhere we turn in the tech space, this topic, albeit being discussed extensively, just seems to get hotter.  Last month saw the Waikato DBH fall...

Enabling can be disabling

After nearly 15 years in credit management and almost six in the repossession industry I have noticed a few trends. One of these is that people will not learn from the consequences of their...

What are the fees and where do they go?

A recent conversation with a franchisor client prompted some discussion and reflection on the franchise model, in particular what does a franchisee get for their fees and are they good value? These are really...

Historical changes to how we consume technology

Over the years, technology has revolutionised our world and daily lives, with the trend of the increasing significance of technology only set to continue. It is therefore of use to look back at how...

WFH doesn’t mean you’re TOOC

In pre-Covid days, if you created copyright works such as drawings or source code as part of your job, the odds are you would have done so during “normal office hours” at your desk...

Cut through the noise with video

Video is a powerful marketing tool. There is no stopping the rise of video consumption, and when it comes to marketing, it is an effective tool to engage your audience. Consumers are busy and every...

Tech – The New Frontier

There was a time when computer geeks were actually geeks, and computers were sci-fi imaginings, before they became the things that sat on the desk near the server room. The word geek (derived from the...

Bond yields jump

Investment market update (for the quarter ended 31 Mar, 2021) The most significant market move over the last quarter was the jump in longer-term interest rates. Bond prices move in the opposite direction to interest...

Time to sell your business?

Is this the best time to sell your business? Obviously, that will always depend on individual circumstances. But one thing is clear – it’s better for you to be in control of the process...