New Zealand Is Becoming More Competitive

A global survey shows New Zealand moving up the competitiveness rankings – from 24th to 13th – during the last decade. The Global Competitiveness Index is a ranking of economic competitiveness, based on economic data and surveys of large businesses in 137 countries. This year the Index shows New Zealand ranking highly for financial market development, lack of corruption, labour market efficiency, health and primary...

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Too Many Companies Flouting Consumer Laws

A marked rise in Fair Trading Act complaints shows consumer rights are being ignored by too many retailers, Consumer NZ says. The Commerce Commission’s annual Consumer Issues report shows a 24 percent rise in Fair Trading Act complaints since 2015. Complaints about potential breaches of the act jumped from 5,489 in 2014/15 to 6,798 this year. Pricing practices, and claims about goods and services were the most common issues raised in...

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How to Get the Best out of Your Business Travel
Nov02

How to Get the Best out of Your Business Travel

    We’ve all heard travel horror stories – missed flights, endless queues and frustrating helpdesk calls, all of which cost businesses time and money. Grant Avis, general manager of Gilpin Travel talks about the business benefits of engaging a corporate travel agency. Although booking online has become the norm, it’s not necessarily the best option for all types of business travel. “For example, booking long-haul...

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Fighting the Fear of Change
Nov02

Fighting the Fear of Change

    Knowing how to make the best use of technology is key to business growth, according to three local experts who spoke at a recent New Zealand Business Intelligence (NZBI) seminar in Christchurch.  NZBI, which is dedicated to the growth and development of business in New Zealand, presented the seminar ‘Business @ Speed – how to leverage technology to grow your business’ at Mona Vale in September. Presenting on the big...

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Paying It Forward
Nov02

Paying It Forward

    No doubt you’ve heard the words ‘social enterprise’ thrown around quite a lot lately. Perhaps it’s due to the recent Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch which has stirred up the conversation, or perhaps it’s due to our Kiwi ingenuity creating social enterprises all over the place, or maybe it’s a mixture of the two. Whichever way you have stumbled upon the term, it’s clear to see that social enterprises are on...

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