2008

FEATURES:

COVER STORY: GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!

After a hard year’s slog in the business, it’s time for a great escape. Glenn Baker meets four highly successful business owners who really know the importance of taking regular breaks and reveals their secrets on how to have a holiday.

THE X-PORT FILE: STRATEGIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

How have exporters performed over the past 12 months? More importantly, how should they approach the challenges of the New Year? By Ruth Le Pla.

2008 EXPORTER SHOWCASE

Three stand-out New Zealand export companies and one firm poised to enter the Chinese market share their inspiring stories and practical advice.

RIDING THE CURRENCY MARKET TSUNAMI

To say the foreign exchange and currency markets have been experiencing turbulent times recently is an understatement. Kevin Kevany seeks advice to keep you on course.

STAYING ON TOP OF THE GAME

If you thought importing goods was a doddle compared to the challenges our exporters face, talk to the experts and you’ll think again. NZBusiness highlights the risk factors for start-up importers.

TRADE FAIR FUNDAMENTALS

There can be no better way to launch your product to the world than by exhibiting at an international trade fair. But first do your homework. Patricia Moore reports.

TRANSACTION ACCEPTED: MITIGATING E-PAYMENT RISKS

Electronic payments deliver a number of benefits for both payer and payee. But like any form of payment they also carry an element of risk. Vikki Bland reports.

MAKING YOUR PRESENCE FELT

Feel like you need to be everywhere at once? You need videoconferencing, the new magic carpet. Kevin Kevany reviews the VC and presentation tools market.

FEATURES:

Ale & Hearty

Steve and Hayley Plowman put everything on the line to establish their restaurant and brewery. Three years later, as Patricia Moore discovers, business is fermenting along nicely.

Showtime For Cantabrians

Patricia Moore talks to the multi-talented Andhy Blake – the man putting Christchurch on New Zealand’s fashion map.

Cover Story: Tried & Trusted

Many successful small businesses rely heavily on word of mouth to instill trust and therefore attract customers. Ruth Le Pla reports on how to trade on an excellent reputation.

What’s all the hoohaa?

The concept behind HooHaa’s text advertising service is innovative – indeed audacious. Glenn Baker talks to creator Brian Hawker.

Preparing For The Worst

Time to don the flak jacket and update your risk cover before matters get worse, or are things really that bad? Kevin Kevany looks at the importance of business risk management.

Up For The Challenge

Transporting goods to market and moving parcels around the provinces requires smart thinking. Glenn Baker highlights some business freight distribution issues and strategies for dealing with them.

Productive Measures: Why It Training And Support Makes Business Sense

IT used properly can produce almost overnight improvements in productivity. Vikki Bland examines how to best invest your IT training and support dollar.

FEATURES

Spreading The Joy Of Dance

The girl’s got rhythm and business nous. Patricia Moore meets Marguerite Howell, ManukauCity’s young business person of the year for 2008.

Getting Started With R&D

Will recent new R&D initiatives provide sufficient incentive for more businesses to engage directly with research providers? Katherine Edmond has more.

Opting In

Carlisle Mason Group is a company making a name for itself in New Zealand’s optometry business. Patricia Moore discovers why it has been so successful.

COVER STORY: Winning Attitudes

Ruth Le Pla talks to three of New Zealand’s elite sports heroes, successfully applying principles they learnt in the gruelling sporting arena, to everyday business. Their lessons can give your business a sporting chance too.

Staying on top of ‘the books’

Choosing an accounting software provider and programme that closely matches the requirements of your business operation is paramount. Glenn Baker has some help for the selection process.

Smooth Landings In Turbulent Times

Kevin Kevany engages a panel of ‘runway warriors’ to deliver the good oil on flying and business travel in these turbulent times for airlines.

Time For A Connectivity Makeover

IP telephony and the wider world of unified communication systems are often poorly understood by small businesses. What is the true impact of the technology and how is it best implemented? Vikki Bland goes in search of the answers.

FEATURES

COVER STORY: LESSONS FROM YESTERYEAR
This issue of NZBusiness is a celebration of the past seven decades of business in New Zealand and pays tribute to the people who helped shape our nation through their enterprise. Glenn Baker talks to Icehouse chairman and ex Heinz-Wattie CEO David Irving about our business heritage and the lessons we can learn.

70 YEARS SUPPORTING KIWI BUSINESSES
We journey through the pages of Better Business and NZBusiness from Volume 1 Issue 1 in 1938 to the present day – highlighting the economic, political and social milestones of each decade, and the role the magazine has played in supporting New Zealand’s business owners.

STILL GROWING STRONG AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
As the Gallagher Group chalks up its 70th year in business, Ruth Le Pla takes a journey back in time with Bill Gallagher junior to learn the secrets of building one of New Zealand’s most successful global brands.

IN THE YEAR 2018
70 years has changed the face of New Zealand business enormously. But what sort of world can the Kiwi small business operator expect in ten years time? Patricia Moore captures a glimpse of the future.

THE ULTIMATE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
In our special MBA Guide Kevin Kevany reviews the MBA landscape for 2009 and determines that deciding on where, when and why to do your MBA could be the hardest part of the exercise.

FINDERS KEEPERS
How do you find the best people to take on key roles in your business, and, more importantly, what will make them stay? Patricia Moore has the answers.

THINKING SMART OUTSIDE THE BOX
Growing concern for the environment along with the cost of consumables means more businesses want to print smarter and cheaper. Vikki Bland asks print vendors what they are doing to help meet these needs.

Features

Putting The ‘Unity’ Back Into Community
Patricia Moore reports on a new on-line business directory hogging the limelight, that’s benefiting community organisations and charities up and down the country.

Seeing The Big Picture
The principle of working on your business, not in it, is far easier said than done. Dave Wild suggests some practical ways you can make it happen.

Time Saving Tips For Busy Business Owners
Robyn Pearce’s 7-step way to save half an hour a day, plus Bill James explains how to use that time to grow your business.

Cover Story: The Election ’08
Business Wish List

As we head towards the 2008 general election, a panel of eight business owners, advocates and observers reveal exactly what wishes they want granted by the next Government. By Ruth Le Pla.

Time To Change Gear
With rising fuel costs impacting on large car resale values and corporate responsibility no longer optional, operators of company vehicle fleets now have major new challenges. Glenn Baker reports.

Franchising To The Rescue
A pick-me-up for tough times? A parachute out of the corporate world? A business model that’s increasingly popular. Kevin Kevany looks at what the wonderful world of franchising can do for you.

To Serve And Protect
Data security might not be sexy, but it is a serious issue deserving the attention of small business owners. What’s the least a small business needs to know and who can help?
Biz shorts

More than a one-man band
Sam Browne’s web-based business is striking all the right chords in the entertainment market.

The Road To Workplace Wellness
Lee Polychronopoulos highlights the need for Workplace Wellness Programmes and how to best implement them.

Light Of The Lawrence Brothers
Palmerston North’s Gareth and Adam Lawrence are taking on the world with their niche software programmes.

Is multi-tasking bad for your business?
Working in an environment that’s comfortable and compatible with your Working Style can prevent stress and burnout.

Making A Wheel (Chair) Difference
A look at a unique automotive business run by two brothers with a passion for making a difference.

Flexible Optimism
In learning to select and use different explanatory styles people can build resilience and become better equipped to cope with difficult times.

Overheads heading over the top?
Managing your overheads is the key to the financial health of your business.

FEATURES:
ALL FOR THE CAUSE
COVER STORY: BIG DREAMERS IN SMALL GARAGES
MAKING THE FRENCH CONNECTION
BANKING STRATEGIES FOR GREY SKIES
TOKENS OF APPRECIATION
BEYOND WIRED BOUNDARIES

FEATURES

COVER STORY: EXPLORING GREENER FRONTIERS
The incredible business adventures of Seeby Woodhouse recently entered a bold new chapter following the launch of Green Carbon. Ruth Le Pla talks to one of New Zealand’s most visionary young entrepreneurs.

CASHING IN ON FACTORING
A tighter economic climate is forcing many businesses to focus on smarter cashflow management and, in an increasing number of cases, explore factoring options. Editor Glenn Baker reports on the factoring phenomenon and has some cashflow management tips from the experts.

2008 WELLINGTON SMALL BUSINESS EXPO SUPPLEMENT
A comprehensive guide to the Small Business Expo being held at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington from June 25 to 27. It’s a must-see for business owners in the lower half of the NorthIsland who want to advance their business.

TIME FOR COOL HEADS
Expect some change, but not catastrophic change: Kevin Kevany reports on the prospects for exports in the post sub-prime world, and there is advice for first-time exporters.

CHINA: LAND OF OPPORTUNITY (AND RISK)
Post FTA, two Auckland design companies have different views on China. Mike Booker explores this difference in attitude and explains how research helps companies overcome the ‘unknowns’.

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR BROADBAND
With local loop unbundling now yesterday’s news, how much progress has been made towards improving broadband performance and affordability for small businesses? And if you’ve got fast broadband, what can you do with it? Vikki Bland reports.

 

Biz Shorts

THE WORD’S OUT!
How ‘word of mouth’ marketing can transform an average business to a high performer.

PLUGGING INTO PROFIT
Patricia Moore talks to Will Fulton – the man who plugs the profit leaks.

HIGH FASHION, SERIOUS BUSINESS
Air New Zealand Fashion Week is a serious business platform for designers.

5 STEPS TO A MORE PRODUCTIVE OFFICE
How to create an office your employees will love to work in.

KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF THE TILL!
Why you should separate your personal finances from those of the business.

NOW THAT’S CONVENIENT!
Convendium automatic vending machines are popping up just where people need them.

IT’S TIME FOR ACTION
The recently released third report from the Small Business Advisory Group calls for decisive government action to improve our business environment.

 

COVER STORY: DRIVEN BY DESIGN

 

 


A growing number of companies are realizing the true benefits of good design to their bottom-line. Design is so much more than just making things look good, as Ruth Le Pla reports.

FRONTING UP TO HEALTH & SAFETY


Health and safety system implementation for SMEs – is it a case of ‘eating the elephant, one mouthful at a time?’ Kevin Kevany has been investigating.

2008 CHRISTCHURCH SMALL BUSINESS EXPO SUPPLEMENT


A comprehensive guide to the Small Business Expo being held at the Christchurch Convention Centre from May 20 to 22. It’s a must for South Island business owners who want to advance their business.

ON YOUR SIDE


Behind every fast-growing business you’ll almost always find an enthusiastic support partner. Glenn Baker looks at the support options for business owners and discovers some great mentoring partnerships.

ABOUT E-COMMERCE


E-commerce is a big step up from a basic website. Vikki Bland talks to the experts to discover how small business owners can ensure an online sales channel pays its way and helps grow the business.

 

DESIGNING UP A STORM
Peter Marshall’s innovative marine accessory system is a classic example of Kiwi ingenuity and sensible design. NZBusiness traces the origin and journey of a product line whose time has come.

COVER STORY: AGENTS FOR CHANGE
This year’s Small Business Expos are selling the ‘S’ word to thousands of
New Zealand business owners. The message is; sustainable business is no longer an option and long term it will become a necessity for survival. By Glenn Baker.

2008 AUCKLAND SMALL BUSINESS EXPO SUPPLEMENT
A comprehensive 16-page guide to the Small Business Expo being held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane,
Auckland from April 16 to 18. It’s a must for business owners who want to grow their business.

MATTERS OF LAW
The scales of justice are increasingly being loaded with more “compliance requirements”.

Kevin Kevany looks at how this is impacting on the relationship between lawyers and business owners.

10 TECHNOLOGIES TO REV-UP YOUR BUSINESS
Office technology can make a measurable difference to a business’s bottom-line, but small businesses are often unsure what to look for. Vikki Bland highlights ten office technologies to help supercharge efficiency.

BIZ SHORTS

TIME TO GET FLEXIBLE  
Emma Poyner explains the new Flexible Working Arrangements legislation.

UNLOCKING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU
Effective business leadership is realising that your actions ultimately determine your employees’ performance.

IN A FAST LANE TO BRAZIL
Run The Red is a company that’s quickly going places with its digital mobile marketing technology.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR POOR PERFORMANCE
Rob McKay suggests it’s time to get tough on poor performing workers.

GAME ON
Fare Game is a young Invercargill company making a name for itself in the high end game food industry.

A HEADS UP ON KIWISAVER
With the introduction of compulsory employer contributions from 1 April, a timely update for business owners.

THE UNLIKELY EVENT
Symantec’s Steve Martin highlights the importance of regular, simple, automated back-ups.

 

Biz Shorts
MAKING SURE THE PRICE IS RIGHT 
Charging your customers the right price is the key to making your profit margins right.
BRANCHING OUT TimberTECH is using the franchise business model and a tailored management system to achieve its goals. 
TWO MEN AND A HOT TUB
Two Christchurch craftsmen have harnessed an ancient method to help de-stress, and business is booming. 
THE RELUCTANT BUSINESS WOMAN
It took almost seven years for Kim Wyatt to get serious about growing her business. 
A NEW LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Kimberley Paterson explains the LOHAS phenomenon. 
THE ART OF MATCH-MAKING
Sasha Madarasz runs a successful business introducing single people. 
THE DISHWASHER WHO NEVER GAVE UP 
The inspiring story of Ian Coker’s three-year journey towards business success.
H
OW’S YOUR IP PORTFOLIO? If your intellectual property is not ready for the due diligence spotlight, you could be in for a nasty shock when you sell your business.


 

 

FEATURES
COVER STORY: ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART?
With employment levels at an all-time high and many baby boomers opting to stay in the workforce, employers must know how to successfully manage their older workers. Ruth Le Pla has this special report on New Zealand’s ageing workforce.
THE GOOD, KEEN PHARMACIST
He’s young, ambitious, and has a talent for turning pharmacies into top performing businesses. NZBusiness talks to Young Pharmacist of the Year, Glenn Mills. 
THE CHEQUE’S IN THE MAIL – YEAH RIGHT!
Patricia Moore explodes some myths and provides some useful tips on the thorny issue of credit control and debt management. 
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO EVENT PLANNING
So you’ve been given the job of organising a business event for your company and have no idea where to begin? NZBusiness has good advice for novice conference and seminar organisers. 
A 360-DEGREE VIEW OF YOUR CUSTOMERS
CRM systems designed to help businesses manage customer relationships are evolving fast. But how do you choose between the many CRM vendors? And which CRM model is right for your business? Vikki Bland sheds some light.

Biz Shorts
THE SYSTEM OF THREE
Sean D’Souza explains how to reduce the chaos in your 2008 business plans.
CATCHING THE NEXT WAVE
Enprise’s Mark Loveys has built a number of successful businesses. We have his 10-step blueprint for business growth.
CHANGE IS FOR THE BETTER
Change management is vital for moving your business forward. Nalisha Patel explains how to best approach change
 THE LIFELINE FOR A BUSINESS IN DISTRESSGareth Hoole reflects on the new insolvency framework. 
THE BUSINESS THAT GREW & GREW
Patricia Moore traces the growing pains of Gellert’s Nurseries.
BEHIND THE COUNTER
Thinking of buying a retail outlet? Here are some pointers to get you prepared.
SMELLS SELL
In-store fragrancing adds a new twist to experiential marketing. 
BAD DATA CAN SPOIL A GOOD BUSINESS
Good quality data is the key to great customer communication. But even good data can turn bad if not maintained. 
WHY WOULD ANYONE BUY FROM YOU?
A strong point of difference makes for a strong business.