Investment in R&D continues to slip
New Zealand’s dwindling investment in research and development (R&D) has seen it slip down a world table of 34 countries to sit almost at the bottom, according to the recently released Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) survey.
Trading partners’ confidence good news for NZ
Growing optimism in our main trading partners is good news for New Zealand, according to Paul Kane, Partner, Privately Held Business, at Grant Thornton New Zealand.
NZ business culture to blame for flatline productivity
Despite people working longer hours, New Zealand is facing a serious productivity problem, which Paul Kane, Partner, Privately Held Business at Grant Thornton New Zealand attributes to a laid back business culture in this country.
Free trade agreement a priority as NZ joins UN Security Council
New Zealand’s successful bid for a seat on the UN Security Council will be welcomed by the business sector, which has identified more free trade agreements (FTAs) as a priority for the Government in a survey conducted by Grant Thornton New Zealand.
Grant Thornton named Employer of the Year by International Accounting Bulletin
Grant Thornton has been named global 'Employer of the Year' by the International Accounting Bulletin.
New Zealand’s tax system second most competitive in the world
Findings that New Zealand’s tax system is the second most competitive of all 34 OECD countries reflect changes that should be promoted more internationally, says Greg Thompson, Partner and National Director, Tax at Grant Thornton New Zealand.
Take off the blinkers: Grant Thornton’s latest global business report
The latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) survey reveals that New Zealand businesses are among the least concerned in the world about future access to raw materials. This begs the question as to whether there is a need for businesses to “take off the blinkers” and commit more time to assessing environmental sustainability.
Grant Thornton people in 127 countries take part in crowdsourcing event to inform global strategy
In what is believed to be one of the first of its kind, thousands of Grant Thornton people from member firms in 127 countries have taken part in contributing ideas to the next corporate strategy for the world’s fastest growing international accounting organisation.
Road block for economic and social recovery in Northland
In a just released whitepaper, Paul Kane, Partner, Privately Held Business at Grant Thornton New Zealand says that better roads between Auckland and Whangarei are critical for the Northland region to address its economic and social issues.
Has household income inequality really changed in the last 20 years?
Peter Sherwin, Partner, Privately Held Business at Grant Thornton New Zealand, looks at New Zealand household incomes, the numbers of ‘poor households’ and how things have changed in this country over the last 20 years in light of a myriad of statements made by the different parties in the lead up to the election.