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2014: A boomer year is in store, but with hooks

30 Dec 2013

Many New Zealand businesses need to start taking action now if they do not want to get swamped by a rampant economy in 2014. We’ve just had Statistics New Zealand report our highest terms of trade in 40 years, which is underpinned by soaring business confidence and an economy that the OECD is reporting could grow by as much as 2.4% in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015.

Grant Thornton reports 8.1% growth rate and record global revenues of $4.5 billion

20 Dec 2013

Grant Thornton International Ltd. today announced record combined global revenues of US$4.5 billion driven by 8.1% growth in US dollars (8.9% in local currency) for the year ended 30 September 2013. Grant Thornton led the six largest global accounting organisations in reported revenue growth rate in 2012, and now again in 2013.

How best to control and mitigate bad debt

17 Dec 2013

Effective credit control is an issue for New Zealand businesses, especially for smaller firms that don’t have the resources or the time to deal with it. Robyn Jamieson, an associate at Grant Thornton New Zealand, says too few New Zealand businesses set out clear terms and conditions of trade before they begin working with a new client.

Growing requirement for personal guarantees

17 Dec 2013

Banks are placing more importance on personal guarantees than they did 10 years ago and they want to know that business owners are invested, according to Matt Parkinson, Partner at Grant Thornton New Zealand.

The importance of cash forecasts to avoid debt

17 Dec 2013

Owners of small businesses, in particular, are normally very optimistic about the state of the business and how things will be in a year’s time. But they often make forecasts based on best case scenario rather than allowing for some hurdles.

Global survey finds 16% of New Zealand businesses issue CSR and sustainability reports

26 Nov 2013

While New Zealand lags behind the world when it comes to issuing corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability information, the statistics may not be as bad as they look, according to Mark Hucklesby, Grant Thornton New Zealand Partner and National Technical Director.

Four million to four billion – a gap too far for NZ exporters

22 Nov 2013

Ninety per cent of New Zealand businesses see Asia as having the greatest impact on our economy in the next three years, be it positive or negative, according to the recent Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR).

IFRS Foundation appoints Grant Thornton as external auditor

15 Nov 2013

On November 4, 2013, the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation announced that after a competitive tender process, conducted by the Foundation's Audit and Finance Committee and involving seven different firms, a decision was made to appoint Grant Thornton as their external auditor.

Lifting the lid on the R&D black hole

15 Nov 2013

The Government’s release of a consultation document on taxation issues associated with business-related research and development (R&D) reflects its determination to lift the lid on black hole expenditure, a somewhat colourful term for business costs that do not qualify for tax deductions.

Cloud technology a potential white knight for NFPs

14 Nov 2013

The adoption of cloud technology for low cost business and office systems and infrastructure is not only inevitable but a must for the survival of many Not for Profit organisations in New Zealand.