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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

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Alliotts are Xero Platinum Partners

Written by Greg Millar on October 9th, 2018.      0 comments

xero platinum logo 210x70 px-629The team at Alliotts is delighted to announce that we've attained Xero Platinum Partner status. Find out what 'going Platinum' means for our clients.


3 drivers of strategy

Written by Vanessa Williams on October 1st, 2018.      0 comments

chess strategy-550Our article explains the 3 core elements that drive strategy and how you can get them into your business.

Business performance excellence

Written by Greg Millar on September 24th, 2018.      0 comments

Screenshot 2018-09-12 13What can we business owners learn from America's military fighter pilots? Read on to find out about this extraordinary training session at the Alliott Group Worldwide Conference in Vancouver.


Alliott Conference prepares members for battles of global business

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018Read our short report from the Alliott Group alliance's 2018 Worldwide Conference in Vancouver.

Power of Customer Communication

Written by Greg Millar on September 17th, 2018.      0 comments

remote virtual office desk-762Our article focuses on the importance of developing and implementing a strong customer management program, covering the power of effective customer communication.

Top travel tips

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Yountville Napa 5983-531Whilst topping up their professional development hours at the Alliott Group conference in Vancouver last month, Vanessa and Greg also took note of their glorious surrounds to create a travel log with their best tips if you ever find yourself in North America.

(Image: Yountville, Napa CA)

Topics: alliott group

Auckland’s Astar talks with Alliott NZ

Written by Greg Millar on September 10th, 2018.      0 comments

20180907 144001-430Alliotts client Astar is taking those good ol' values we learnt from our grannies and imparting them to a younger gen who've missed out, mostly in the US. Did we mention she has over 100k YouTube followers? And the only place is East as far as Astar's concerned!

Alliott Group Q&A with Jamie Towers

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Read the one thing Deputy Worldwide Chairman, Jamie Towers, can't live without and what shapes and motivates this Alliott Group mover and shaker across the Tasman.

Managing Customer Expectations

Written by Greg Millar on September 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

retail shop store-792Many business owners find the notion of creating a customer management plan daunting. We suggest working with someone who has helped other business owners through the process. Find out how.

Investment perspective

Written by Michael Beech on August 31st, 2018.      0 comments

2017 Michael Beech-431Everybody loves the comforts of home, but investors who become too anchored to familiar territory can end up with a very narrow view of the world. Read why, when investing, it's important to look global.

Xero add-ons for your business

Written by Greg Millar on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382As well as bringing up your profit margins, add-ons also help save you time and streamline your cash flow. Work with us to empower your business with the technology to automate mind-numbing admin tasks, and focus on what you do best. So what add-ons should be on your hit list? 

Kilometre rate

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 27th, 2018.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516The Commissioner has issued a new Operational Statement 18/01 – Commissioner's statement on using a kilometre rate for business running of a motor vehicle.

NZ pricing change to Xero

Written by Greg Millar on August 20th, 2018.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382From 28 September 2018, the monthly subscription price for Xero will increase as a result of new functionality.
Topics: expenses , Xero

Alliott Group law firm member appointed in Milan

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 13th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825Law firm B4LEX Avvocati Associati (‘B4LEX’) has been appointed as Alliott Group’s law firm member in Milan, Italy.
Topics: alliott group

Heard from your web manager lately?

Written by Wendy Gleeson on August 6th, 2018.      0 comments

key handover-357Once you take ownership of a website, the modifications to it and subsequent costs for ongoing maintenance will continue as the website needs to remain relevant. More and more businesses are trying to find ways for users to engage with their website for longer.
Topics: marketing

Smashing procrastination

Written by Greg Millar on July 30th, 2018.      0 comments

panic-456Though it can be frustrating, in reality, procrastination has little to do with an apathy for work or an inherent laziness. Read why and how to beat it.

Moira's tips for Excel users

Written by Moira Kemp on July 25th, 2018.      0 comments

489px-Microsoft Excel 2013 logoGet more from Office with these time-saving Microsoft Excel tips - straight from Alliotts' own Moira Kemp.

The Power of Employee Feedback

Written by Vanessa Williams on July 23rd, 2018.      1 comments

7K0A0597-174There is nothing more powerful than emphasising the role your team plays in building a great business. If you want to build a successful business, invest your time, energy and resources in building a strong team.

Four new firms join Alliott Group

Written by Vanessa Williams on July 18th, 2018.      0 comments

Alliott-Group 2018-825 Alliott Group continues to grow with the appointment of four new member firms in the US, Oman, Singapore and Tunisia.

Readying for business sale

Written by Greg Millar on July 16th, 2018.      0 comments

baton-405What steps do you need to take to get your business ready for sale? Business owners might not be thinking about selling right now, but a future sale should always be part of your strategic planning.