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Focus Areas

Business advice, accountancy, financial and tax account services

Strategy for businesses

We are genuinely an advisory firm. Our Strategy Series can be a structured process or consist of occasional meetings.

Tax Accountants Lower HuttThrough our structured process we cover:

  • Your business and financial aspirations
  • Worries and concerns
  • Assess where you are now both with the business and your personal space
  • The opportunities ahead of you
  • Barriers to achieving opportunities and success
  • The functionality (who does what) in your business

We cover all areas of the business including:

  • Your customers
  • Capital requirements
  • Business systems
  • Taxation
  • Accountancy services
  • Employees
  • Leadership
  • … and much more!


Ben’s been helping Supermarket operators, New World, Pak N Saves and Four Squares by providing sound accountancy services and business advice.

New World Kapiti

Clayton and Ali Young, Owners of New World Kapiti

Typically working in the following areas:

  • Advice and support on the financial and tax side of the business
  • Support with getting into a new store including full due diligence on a new store
  • Preparing projections and forecasts – for Foodstuffs, the bank and for you to measure against
  • Tax planning so you know what to expect
  • Ownership structures
  • Use of trusts to protect your investment and assets
  • Finance structures
  • Tax accounts to save tax
  • Practical support and people you can call for the areas you’re not sure about
  • Strategy – what to do next
  • All other tax and financial advice

Franchises and Business Buyers

Ben is one of the most experienced franchise accountant specialists in the Wellington region.

Ben has helped clients with many franchises including: Subway stores, Quinovic, Pita Pit, Four Square supermarkets, Speedy Signs, AA, Baby-on-the-Move, Xpresso Delight, Hells Pizza, United Sweets, Just Cabins, Mr Rental, Mr Green, and more.

When buying into a franchise we help clients evaluate a business before they buy. We often do this in stages from:

  • An initial review
  • In-depth due diligence
  • Negotiating a purchase price
  • Advice on how to structure a sale and purchase agreement
  • Setting up company
  • Trust and tax structures
  • Setting up accounting and payroll systems
  • Ongoing business advice, strategy support and annual accounts and tax returns.

We have routinely helped clients save tens of thousands of dollars through this process.

Medical/health sector

We have provided accountancy services to many healthcare businesses including medical centres, private specialists in plastic and reconstructive surgery, rheumatology, orthodontistry, orthopaedics, neurology, general surgery, etc.

Mr Marcus Bisson, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Mr Marcus Bisson, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Some of the areas where we have helped our medical clients are:

  • Anything IRD related
  • Preparation of GST and FBT returns
  • Preparation of annual income tax returns
  • Tax structures including the issues of IRD market salaries and “Penny & Hooper” considerations
  • Property and share investment advice
  • Capital gains verses taxable gains on the sale of assets
  • Trust and asset advice and administration
  • Payroll advice and support
  • Help with finance and cash flow
  • Residency
  • Tax

Efficiencies and technology

Embracing technology can save you time.

We believe that if you work smarter not harder you will reap the benefits tenfold in your business and your personal life.

We love getting people on to the right system for them. There is never a one size fits all approach to technology. There are many packages and systems that can easily and affordably be implemented into your workplace. Some examples are XERO, a payroll system and Smartphone Apps that allow you to invoice and receive payment on the job at the press of a button.

Typically, Blair and our team have the expertise to train you in whatever system you need.

Try it, you’ll wish you’d embraced technology years ago.

Read our article about How a modern business embraces technology.


We’re down to earth and practical and know how to speak in chartered accounting plain English.

You can rely on us to give you expert accounting advice, while getting the balance right between giving you all the detail and the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude.

We understand what makes you and your business tick.

Blair can help you with introducing easy, new technology that will make your life on the road at each job significantly easier and more streamlined, keeping you off that dreaded paperwork.

Boosting your Business

Brian Walshe adds to our various strategic advice and specialist consultancy offerings and is available not only to our clients but also to business owners who may not be clients, for advice and support to build your business’s performance, profitability, cash flow and success. Some business owners may like to use Brian Walshe’s skills to create a regular advisory board, or for special projects (eg. selling your business for big money or taking on a new venture). Or, just occasional high level advice that is hard to find from other chartered accountants.