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  • Estate Planning Needs

    Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Stuart Clutterbuck

    As accountants, business and taxation advisors our role covers many aspects of our clients’ financial affairs.

    One important matter that often gets overlooked by clients caught up in the everyday running of their businesses and personal affairs is what would happen if they were to pass away.  Would their family be well looked after? Where would their assets go?  Would the Assets go where they want them to go?

    To this end we are regularly encouraging our clients to implement and subsequently review their Estate Planning.

    When you think Estate Planning do not jus…

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  • Business expenses – when to spend and when to save

    Posted on June 21st, 2017 by Kellie Bressington

    Running a profitable business is a balancing act. You need to decide where to spend and where to save in order to get the best long-term return for your business.

    But are there some areas where it’s not a good idea to lower your spending? Definitely.

    Here are some areas where it may be tempting to cut costs, but   skimping now may end up causing you a lot of stress in the long term.



    Under-insuring (or not insuring at all) the key assets of your business may work out for you – provided nothing ever goes wrong. But if things do go wrong, it…

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  • Succession Planning – Why is it so important and how do you go about doing it?

    Posted on May 4th, 2017 by Stuart Clutterbuck

    Successful succession planning allows for a family business to pass through to the next generation, with a smooth transition and minimal impact to business. Succession planning can start as early as the day that you commence business.

    It is better to have a plan in place, even if it’s a rough plan that needs to be refined over time. A good succession plan is linked to your business plan and encompasses the business goals and strategies for the next few years. With any succession plan clear communication with the parties involved is critical so that they are fully aware…

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  • Martial arts and business: five parallels

    Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by Rachel Mendlik

    In a recent article for Harrison Monarth wrote 5 Simple Resolutions That Will Make You Smarter, Happier and More Confident. Number 4 in Monarth’s article was ‘Challenge yourself in martial arts’.

    I have been training in various martial arts for nearly ten years and it’s a large part of my life, so I was excited to see it featured in a business article.  This got me thinking about what I’ve learned in martial arts and how that translates to business, whether as an employee or owner.  Therefore, I have considered the top five things I have …

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  • Five tax myths that make your accountant cringe

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 by Kellie Bressington

    There are a number of tax “truths” that we all know, right? Well, not necessarily. Here are five frequently heard statements that are bound to make your tax accountant cringe!

    You might as well make a donation – you get it all back in tax anyway
    I’m not saying you shouldn’t donate to charities (so many do so much good work!) but please don’t do it under the impression that the tax office will reimburse you for 100% of your donation. Donations to charities that are Deductible Gift Recipients (yes, there’s a list) can be claimed as a deduction in your tax return, reduci…

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  • The Tip of the Iceberg

    Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Dean Johnson

    We deal with lots of entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, every day. Out of all of those interactions we notice one common challenge they all face at some point. All businesses experience problems and sometimes they are just ordinary everyday problems. At other times, they are like the tip of the iceberg and signal a need for significant and dynamic change. The trick is spotting the tip of the iceberg and understanding which is which.

    We’ve noticed that every business has a natural limit up to which things operate comfortably. The limit is particularly noticeable in …

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