Christmas Newsletter 2014

Our biggest news in 2014 was our new brand.  Rebranding is always a big undertaking and the BM team embraced the challenge.  George from Black Dog Design and Vince from Doug Potts Signs were integral in this process and we thank them for their input and work.  We hope you enjoy our new look.  

From CHB - We have 2 new team members, Raewyn looking after administration and Sharee who joins our accounting team.  We are sorry to be saying goodbye to Susie Snell when we close the doors for our Xmas break.


Penny has had a busy year supporting her son Regan Gough in his worldwide cycling endeavours, with AWESOME results. Click his name to see more.


From Hastings - Rebecca from our accounting team is due to have her baby boy late December.  What a great Christmas present !  We hope she will be back with us later in the new year.


Janine, our Business Manager, left a couple of weeks ago to take up an exciting position with Skyline Aviation and Heather leaves soon to explore new endeavours.  We wish them all the best.  We will introduce you to new team members as they come onboard early next year.


Nick has discovered that unexpected leave, due to a motorbike mishap, is not as stressful as it needs to be. This is a busy time for us but thanks to his organised team, led by Manager Pam, work continued smoothly.

Oh ... and Nick is fine, nothing that a little surgery and a metal plate in the shoulder won't fix !

Topics of Interest


Please refer to the Resources page of our website for more information on matters that are relevant at this time of the year, including


  • Public holidays and holiday pay

  • Client and staff gifts

  • Entertainment expenses

2014 Records not in yet ?

If you have not sent in your 2014 records yet, please take the time to compile all the information needed and send it in NOW.

Go to the Resources page on the website and download the relevant checklists to help you determine what information is required.

Breaking Through the Change Barrier


Lots of us know we need to make important changes in our lives, careers or businesses but for some reason we just do not get around to doing it.


We are just not able to kick our current habits for long enough to even attempt making a change.


Then there are those amongst us who go through the motions of initiating change, but quickly fall back into an existing comfort zone, which by all accounts may not be as comfortable as appears on the surface. A large percentage of you reading this will testify to not being interested or fulfilled in their current role. There are so many people who tolerate living from payday to payday. Current figures suggest that as many as 70% of new business ventures fail within 5 years. Medical authorities indicate that stress related illnesses are increasing at alarming rates. Levels of obesity are on the increase while not that many of us can truly claim that we are at the peak of our fitness levels!


Obviously there are a plethora of changes we could make that would lead to a fuller and happier life - but we just do not know how to go about it.


As Professional Business Consultants at BM Accounting we facilitate meaningful change and we offer the following guide to help you in making that change that you have been thinking about.


  1. Remove Clutter – For those of you who spend time in the garden you know that when you want your plants to thrive the first thing that you must do is clear a space to plant the seeds. As you know nothing grows where there are weeds or unfertile ground. The same applies to your mind. If your mind is already running at full capacity you will not have the space to sow the seeds of change. Therefore you will not have the time or energy to cultivate the seeds so that they may grow. Stress is the weed of the mind!

  2. Why is this change so important to you? – The greatest barrier to change is the lack of clarity on what is actually important to you. More often than not the change that we are attempting fails because it is not what we truly desire. So we need to set out by making sure that this change that we are attempting is something that we are not willing to do without. We need to be very clear on this. We need to take into account everything which will be impacted by this change. A change in business focus may have an impact on our family life. If we value our family life more than our job role then we are not going to be 100% committed to this change, are we? It is very easy to motivate yourself to do something which is congruous with your values.

  3. Step by Step approach – Once you have the end line in sight it is much easier to break the journey into a step by step map of how to get there. Plan, timescale and celebrate the small successes along the way.

  4. Make best use of your Strengths – It is not our perceived weaknesses that get us over the finishing line. We need to concentrate on our strengths and how we can best apply them to the change that we are about to make. The perceived areas of weakness are opportunities for education along the way but it is our strengths that will inevitably carry us through to the “promised land”. In business for example, if we believe that we are not strong on accounts then we need our plan to include partnering, employing or outsourcing someone who is strong in this area. This will allow us to concentrate on applying our own strengths to the task at hand.

  5. Remain Focused – As one famous golfer said “the more I practice, the luckier I get”. We have got to stay on track with our plan. We can never take our eyes from the end prize. In order to do this we must create a strong support structure that will keep us on track when we waver or when barriers are thrown in front of us.


What important changes do you want to achieve over the next few months?


While on the hunt for a Christmas recipe I came across Annabel's site with so many great ideas and tips that I had to share. Enjoy !

To all of our fabulous clients, business associates and supporters,

we wish you a Merry Christmas and a successful 2015.



Trial Balance is a newsletter produced by NZCA, a collective of Chartered Accountants to which BM Accounting belong.


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 - Hidden benefits of Personal

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 - Director's fees

 - 7 tips for email senders

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