NZ business comfortable with outsourcing compared with overseas
While many overseas companies are hesitant to outsource work, the majority of New Zealand businesses are happy to embrace the concept, according to new research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR).
Budget 2014: Sticking plaster approach won’t cure issues in health sector
In the lead up to this year’s budget, the looming question remains, just how affordable will our public health system be in the future? Will a sticking plaster approach quell the unease or is a bigger change required?
South Island bosses more generous
South Island bosses are both more optimistic and more generous than their North Island counterparts, according to the latest Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR).
Budget 2014: Will there be an aged care facility available when you need it?
In this year’s Budget, the Government needs to give serious consideration to bridging the gap between investment and return for those looking to build new aged care facilities.
Budget 2014: Solving the housing shortage equation
With a date set for this year’s general election and the parties entering campaign mode, this year’s Budget will be watched closely, and housing issues will be closely monitored.
Gap between NZ and Australia business confidence continues to widen – 88% to 36%
The gap in business confidence between New Zealand and Australia continues to widen dramatically, with a net 88% of New Zealand businesses being optimistic about the country’s economy over the next 12 months, compared with only 36% in ‘the Lucky Country’.
Scope for greater use of business coaches in New Zealand
The latest Grant Thornton International Business Report survey of 45 countries has ranked New Zealand in sixth position, with 56% of those surveyed reporting they have used a business coach. A further breakdown revealed that 34% were currently using a coach and 22% had in the past.
Budget 2014: Ultrafast Broadband – but we need more to realise its potential
Ultrafast Broadband is like a new Ferrari. You know it has incredible acceleration and can achieve impressive high speeds. But do you have the ability or the highway on which to realise the car’s ultimate potential?
Budget 2014: $600m per year – are interest free student loans value for money?
In 2013 we saw the average cost of providing student loans increase to more than 40 cents per dollar lent. This is forecasted to increase to 42 cents by 2016/17, which equates to an annual cost in excess of $600million.
Budget 2014: Time for greater PPP investment in education sector
With the successful opening of the first schools built under a public private partnership model (PPP), Hobsonville primary (2013) and secondary (2014) schools, the Government should take heed of this success when considering this year’s Budget.