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ASB and Kiwi tech startup launch digital human to help SME clients
Josie was created by ASB in partnership with New Zealand technology company FaceMe.
New AIM reporting rules will remove tax uncertainty for SMBs
For a business with less than $5 million revenue, every three months its cloud accounting software will calculate the tax obligations owed.
Govt aims for fairer wages, higher bargaining power with new employment legislation
Under the proposed amendment bill, 90-day trial periods for new workers will only be available to businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
SMB business confidence drops as economy tightens – survey
The survey took responses from over 200 firms, comprising micro (up to 5 staff) and intermediate businesses (6 to 20 staff).
Business guru shares retail tips ahead of Amazon’s arrival
“Retail isn’t about selling. Retail is the skill of creating a high-performance customer base who buy the product whether you’re there or not."
Call for NZ Govt to establish Institute for Small Business
"An entity focused on delivering value to SMBs would be charged with developing well-researched policy advice aimed at enhancing the ecosystem."
MYOB shares six steps for SMBs to start the year off right
The year is a great time to put processes in place to set yourself up for a successful year ahead.
Top digital opportunities for Kiwi SMBs going into 2018
"Technology will bring new ways to save time and money, but also bring increased competition.”
Challenges in financing, talent retention shaping SMBs in 2018
An IDC report revealed that reducing costs, gaining operational efficiency, and improving productivity are the top business priorities for SMBs.
Okta launches identity management offering for startups
Okta Identity Cloud offers free identity tools to jump-start entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Netgear debuts DIY Wi-Fi for small businesses
Orbi Pro is supposedly the perfect Wi-Fi solution for commercial locations...
Xero succession planning helps SMBs prepare for coming retirement wave
Statistics New Zealand estimates that over the next 10-12 years around 20% of the country’s SMBs will likely retire .
SMBs in regions showing steady growth – MYOB
44% of operators in Waikato and the Bay of Plenty saw their revenue improve in the last 12 months, with similar levels of growth seen in Southland.
Alibaba to host Aus eCommerce Expo for SMBs eyeing China expansion
In a shift away from traditional seller exhibitions, the Expo will leveraging popular social influencers.
Kiwi retailers shouldn’t fear Amazon, they should leverage it – e-commerce expert
"Selling via Amazon – if done properly as a third-party seller – will provide more control and more profit."
HPE announces new storage and server offerings for SMBs
HPE is introducing a mix of systems, networking solutions, storage and financing programs, across the SMB spectrum ranging from 1 – 1000 employees.
Attracting customers a major challenge for SMEs – survey
Over 5,000 exporting SMEs globally were asked to consider the online tools that help them sell internationally.
Email scammers targeting SMBs under guise of accounting software
Cybercrime networks may be chasing smaller businesses who don’t have a dedicated infosec or IT team to help defend against scams.
Surge in support for Labour party from small businesses
‘Jacindamaina’ has seen a dramatic rise in support for Labour, according to the latest research by accounting software provider MYOB.
Yikes! What to do when your Facebook group is hijacked by competitors
SMBs often find creating groups and participating on social media a good way to gain exposure, but we can't always control how they're used.
Compliance and automation the big election issues for SMBs
Reckon surveyed 1500 of its clients across a number of different industries – from accounting and bookkeeping through to construction and IT.
Cloud set to democratise AI for SMBs – Salesforce Area VP
Businesses who take the opportunity to leverage business intelligence from AI will be smarter, faster and more productive.
Kiwi SMEs need to leverage more digital advertising tools
A third of SMEs with a website say they receive less than 50 visitors each week, whereas 25% had no idea about their web traffic numbers.
Update lets businesses manage their listing from Google Search page
Businesses with complete listings on Google are twice as likely to gain customer trust and 38% more likely to attract in-store visits.