An Afternoon with Dick Smith

Iconic Australian entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith will be the keynote speaker at a one off seminar taking place in Queenstown on Friday September 14. The seminar, ‘An Afternoon with Dick Smith’ is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of some of the challenges facing business and society over the coming years and […]

Single global brand drives name change

Gallagher Group’s decision to deliver a single global identity has resulted in a company name change for prominent local business, PEC Fuel Pumps. One of New Zealand’s most successful privately owned companies, Gallagher is a global leader in the innovation and marketing of technology solutions for Animal Management, Security and Fuel systems. But increasing opportunities […]

True to training

  It’s not easy for New Zealand manufacturers to compete against the lower costs of international firms. But where we can’t compete financially, we can compete by building a highly productive workforce with a strong knowledge of lean principles. And building a productive workforce was what Tru-Test Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of livestock scales […]

Crown deficit not the real issue

Total debt, not government debt, is the major issue for New Zealand say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). The Budget released yesterday detailed how the Government hope to move out of deficit by 2014/15 but it is the current account deficit that is forecast to expand and that has the potential to […]

Still waiting on real changes

The Budget has brought more helpful tweaking but still not the step change needed to turn around the economy say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, “The more fundamental problems, such as a lack of export growth, have once again gone ignored. Generally the right sentiments are […]

Zero Budget gives business head room to grow economy

Today’s zero Budget will give business heart to invest and expand the economy, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. “By reining in its spending thereby keeping in check its rising debt, the Government will give business the head room to grow the economy,” said Bruce Goldsworthy, EMA’s Acting Chief Executive. “There’s no way we can […]

Responsible investment approach in Budget 2012

Despite being presented as a ‘zero’ Budget, this year’s spending has been well focused on areas helpful for future growth, says BusinessNZ. With all new discretionary spending having to be matched by savings or tax revenues from elsewhere, Budget 2012 has nevertheless managed to reprioritise spending in a responsible manner, said BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil […]

High octane tax take, highly dependent on growth

The forecast turnaround in the state of the nation’s accounts is highly dependent on bullish growth forecasts between now and 2016 say PwC. The other major contributor is rigorous control over crown spending. “We are surprised at the 29% increase in tax and GST forecast over the next four years” say PwC Chairman Mr John […]

What to look for in the Budget

Chrystal ball gazing isn’t the most reliable pursuit but we need to start somewhere when we consider the Budget which will be released tomorrow at 2.30pm in Wellington. These are some of the issues I would like to see addressed: *Job creation – incentives and investment for NZ’s tomorrow. Build some companies, let’s show some […]

Raising the bar for workers

We  hear that when the Christchurch rebuild is underway, Canterbury will be to New Zealand what Western Australia is to Australia. The place where work is available and skilled tradespeople are in high demand (as they are in other states of Australia, of course). If this is how the Christchurch rebuild is being seen then […]

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