Spread­ing our wings

NZ Business - - FROM THE EDITOR - Glenn H Baker ed­i­tor@nzbusi­ness.co.nz

It’s nice to be able to un­shackle one’s self from the work­sta­tion oc­ca­sion­ally and head out of the big city to re­port on busi­ness ini­tia­tives in the re­gions. That’s ex­actly what yours truly did for this month’s cover story on the West Coast. My thanks to Face­book for en­abling me to fly down to one of the most beau­ti­ful places in New Zealand, and to De­vel­op­ment West Coast for fa­cil­i­tat­ing a tour of some of West­port’s clever­est busi­nesses.

I came away with a healthy ap­pre­ci­a­tion of how hard the busi­ness com­mu­nity is work­ing on the Coast to build scale and cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties through tech­nol­ogy. And it is a com­mu­nity in the truest sense – peo­ple gen­uinely help­ing each other to suc­ceed.

This was most ev­i­dent at the #Boost­YourTown work­shop hosted by Steve Adams at the well-ap­pointed EPIC West­port busi­ness hub.

Any pre­con­cep­tions I may have had of the West Coast be­ing a relic from the glory days of min­ing were com­pletely blown away. I now look for­ward to fol­low­ing the for­tunes of the re­gion as it con­tin­ues to take ad­van­tage of dig­i­tal and so­cial tech­nolo­gies to help usher in a new era of busi­ness growth.

Also this month, Kevin Ke­vany re­ports on the ini­tia­tives hap­pen­ing on Aotea/Great Bar­rier Is­land – a re­mote busi­ness com­mu­nity with a unique story and char­ac­ter, and again, one that’s har­ness­ing dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing to gen­er­ate more busi­ness.

Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy is in­deed the great en­abler, no mat­ter where your busi­ness hap­pens to be!

This month’s is­sue also takes an in-depth look at ac­count­ing and pay­roll – with a spe­cial fo­cus on the planned switchover to pay­day fil­ing by In­land Rev­enue on 1 April next year.

Pay­day fil­ing is not just about up­grad­ing your pay­roll soft­ware – it will im­pact many as­pects of your busi­ness in­clud­ing IT, pay­roll and HR – and our cov­er­age in­cludes a two-page Pay­day Fil­ing Check­list to help you get your head around what’s re­quired to com­ply.

Don’t leave it too late – as was the case when sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion was in­tro­duced in the UK and Aus­tralia. Talk to your pay­roll provider now.

Happy read­ing!

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