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Your Business Succession Plan


With our Succession Planning Event happening on July 24, 2017, I thought I would touch on the subject of your business's succession plan here briefly. With my new clients in particular, the very first piece of advice I offer them is a quote from Stephen Covey's book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". One of those habits is to begin with the end in mind


From their very first day in business, in fact, their business plan should address that important habit... What's my business to look like in 1, 3 and 5 or more years time? How and when do I plan to retire from it? Do I hope to sell it? If so, for how much? And to whom? I also need to know what it might be worth at various stages along the way and what it needs to be worth when I do come to sell it. Will that be enough if it's to contribute to my retirement savings? If not, what needs to happen for it to be worth that much?


All of these questions need clear answers and the earlier they are addressed, the more peace of mind you will have about the future of your business. Keep updating these answers along the way rather than at the end - that's why we say that succession planning is about the journey, not the destination. A carefully considered exit strategy reflects the hard work and capital that you've invested into your business and provides the basis for ensuring that when the time comes to exit, you will recover that investment and more.

To discover more about succession planning and to work on a plan for your own business, book your place at our event on July 24, 2017 by registering here (CLICK HERE). Feel free to email or call Donna ( or 04 566 3302) for more information. Everyone who attends our business planning seminars leaves feeling confident that they have the power and knowledge to run their businesses successfully. What are you doing to help your business today?

Succession Planning Event

4pm Monday 24 July, 2017

Lower Hutt Chamber of Commerce

Level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Price: $35

Cash Flow Management Seminar

On Monday night I presented our Cash Flow Management seminar to 16 business owners. The seminar was a brilliant way for our attendees to become experts at managing their cash flows, and arming them with the knowledge to take corrective or preventative steps to setting up healthy cash flow systems. 


I am sure that after our seminar they all appreciated that the heading "Cash Flow Management" does no justice to the value of the content that gets covered and how deep-seated the topic is. That's because cash flow 'issues' when experienced by a business are just symptomatic but not the cause.

A big thanks to those that attended for making it interactive and sharing your ideas and challenges. We had a number of business owners that could not attend the night, so we plan on scheduling another presentation for approximately 7 weeks time. If you or someone from your company are interested in our next Cash Flow Management seminar, send Donna an email on registering your interest.

Remember businesses can't just take their profits to the bank, it's far more complicated than that, so you need to create a plan and you need to hold yourself accountable to that plan. If you'd like some help with cash flow forecasting, then give us a call on (04) 566 3302, we would love to hear from you.

I thought it worthwhile sharing with you all the special service we offer (and have for some years now) involving the purchase of "back dated tax credits"  for income taxes.
Situations where we might recommend you use this facility?
  1. You missed or underpaid a provisional tax instalment during the previous.
  2. You can't afford to pay your upcoming  Terminal tax due the next 7th April and just need a month or two of extra time.
  3. You're a non individual (Company or Trust) paying reasonably substantial instalments of provisional tax during the year but find (when the year end financials are completed) that you didn't pay enough on one or more of the three provisional instalment dates and IRD is charging "Use of money Interest"
  4. You have been subject to an IRD audit or review  and they have re assessed a tax shortfall in one or more of your last four years returns.  These tax shortfalls will otherwise incur late payment penalties and interest
  5. You have had a PAYE,  GST or other tax type, which is subject to audit and IRD discover you have underpaid one of those taxes at an earlier return period, incurring late payment penalties and Interest charges.

Please call us on (04) 566 3302 if you'd like to discuss or if you have any questions.