Protect your brand by registering your trademark

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Your brand is your reputation. It is the way you and other people view you and your business. One aspect of your brand is your trademark. Having a memorable and well managed trade mark is a powerful way to distinguish your business products and services from your competitors. The idea is to create a distinctive mark that people trust and put it on all your advertising, products, website, letterhead, business cards etc and have people associate your brand with a ...

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Angel Investors give businesses a helping hand

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I attended the Whangarei Business Owners Forum last week. The Business Owners Forum was held at the office of Elevate CA in Whangarei and the topic was A Rough Guide to Valuing Your Business. The panel of experts included Whangarei chartered accountant Fraser Hurrell from Elevate CA, Whangarei lawyer Stuart Spicer from Webb Ross, and Whangarei commercial business banker Geoff Grigg from the Bank of New Zealand.

All three experts discussed the aspects of a business that come under the spotlight ...

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GST rate increase from 1 October 2010

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The GST rate is probably increasing from 12.5% to 15%. We should know for sure by this Thursday (20 May 2010) when the Government announces the Budget. The increase is likely to be effective from 1 October 2010.

The GST rate increase could not come at a worse time. We are still suffering from the recession. Businesses do not want to lose any profit so will add GST to their base price; making the total price higher. That means the Government ...

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Cost traps for tenants

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Landlords and tenants should be aware of the costs they might incur when leasing commercial premises. This is all the more important in the current economic climate as landlords and tenants need to know what costs to plan for. Each lease is different, so the landlord and tenant’s respective obligations will depend on the terms of the particular lease. My opinions in this blog are primarily based on the Auckland District Law Society (5th edition, 2008) standard form of lease.

Primary ...

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