Other Approachable Business contacts

Building a successful business requires getting a great team around you to help. That doesn't just apply to your staff but also to your advisors and solution providers. I have been helped by many great people who have assisted me to set up my business and in my work have come across some other great businesses who are experts in their field. On this page you will find those that I recommend you have as part of your team.
Corporate Toolbox: online corporate training

Corporate Toolbox: online corporate training

Staying up to date with the latest tips about growing your business, improving your team or developing your career is difficult in this modern age with so many constraints on our time. Let's face it, do you really have time to go leave your desk, struggle through traffic and attend a half or full day seminar. If, like me, your time is at a premium then consider online training instead. The Corporate Toolbox is an online training website for busy people. They offer books, e-books, and webinars to help up-skill you without having to leave your desk. To find out more click here.
Pod Consulting: HR consulting services designed for NZ business

Pod Consulting: HR consulting services designed for NZ business

Pod Consulting is the HR services partner helping small and medium sized New Zealand business become more successful through their people.

We offer a range of HR services, from recruitment strategy and staff selection, to building staff capability and management training, right through to providing to employment relations support – all managed by our team of experienced HR consultants.
To see in more detail the services they offer click here

 

Nicola Jones, independent financial advice

Nicola Jones, independent financial advice

Nicola is an independent financial adviser with a particular interest in KiwiSaver schemes. Are you using KiwiSaver to maximise employee loyalty and reduce staff turnover costs? If not, Nicola may be able to help. She can also advise on life insurance policies and medical insurance. And, because she is independent she can give you completely impartial advice as to what suits you or your business. To email Nicola click here
Psychotactics: are you losing your customers because you don

Psychotactics: are you losing your customers because you don't know how the brain works?

I get a lot of comments about this website (good ones usually!) and people often ask me who advises me on my marketing. Well, the answer is Sean D'Souza from Psychotactics. You may well have heard of Sean since his articles have appeared in numerous publications and he contributes regularly to the NZ Herald. Sean teaches you how the customer's brain works so you can get your message heard above all the others that are out there. I fully recommend a trawl round his websiteand if you are serious about your marketing take out a membership of 5000bc
Evan Carmichael: website for entrepreneurs

Evan Carmichael: website for entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur and are looking for some motivation or business strategies, check out the website of Evan Carmichael. There is heaps of relevant information on the site including interviews with famous entrepreneurs where they tell their story of how they made it big. All the information is divided into categories, from advertising to technology, legal to marketing. You'll be sure to find something of interest and use to you. To go to the website click here.
Office Products Online

Office Products Online

You may be thinking this one is a bit of an odd business alliance. But hey, we all need office products and when you find an outfit that offers really great prices it's worth letting everyone know. OfficeProductsOnline is a new office and stationery supplier with the largest collection of trolleys in New Zealand (its amazing how many businesses need trolleys!). Go to their website and start making savings today
The People Group, repairing the cracks in your HR structure

The People Group, repairing the cracks in your HR structure

Rapid business growth can quickly lead to a dysfunctional workforce. Business owners who may be great at building businesses then have to communicate that message to their staff to enable them to do a great job. Do you see your staff as your greatest asset or simply a pain? If the latter, then I would recommend that you speak to HR consultants The People Group. The People Group repair the cracks in your HR structure by turning your business into a well oiled engine.

To get the best from your employees drop The People Group an emailor visit their website.
Peak Performance Guru

Peak Performance Guru

Peak Performance Guru is a high value low cost on-line subscription site where you can get the tools, tips and tactics to out-perform competitors, excel in your business and achieve focused  personal peak performance in the real world. The site is run by Mark Sutherland who knows all about peak performance - Mark was the coach to Olympic and World Champions Paul MacDonald and Ian Ferguson for 8 years and has applied his coaching skills to business excellence. Why not have an Olympic coach on your side? Go to www.peakperformanceguru.com 
Steve Furlong of Furlong + Associates

Steve Furlong of Furlong + Associates

Accountants are boring right? A bit like lawyers you might say. But Steve is different. In fact, I will go as far as saying that I have never met an accountant like him before. Steve deals with people not numbers and that makes a big difference to me which is why he is my accountant. So, he's not just a number cruncher but someone who will give you sound business advice when you really need it. To visit his website click here
Gail Godfrey of JT Jamieson, business finance outside the square

Gail Godfrey of JT Jamieson, business finance outside the square

Don't fit the banks lending criteria? Frustrated that your bank can't see your business proposition? Don't despair, give Gail Godfrey of JT Jamieson a call. JT Jamieson is a boutique funder which specialises in providing business finance to borrowers who don't quite meet the banks' lending criteria. Gail offers competitive rates of interest, is not a loan shark!, and is very approachable. 
To email Gail click here or visit her website.
AM Proofreading and Editing

AM Proofreading and Editing

People judge you on your presentation. The way you dress, the way you look, and the way you write. Imagine receiving a lawyer's letter riddled with mistakes? What would you think of the lawyer? Would you think that he was good at his job? Probably not. So when I came to writing Employed But Not Engaged, I knew I needed a top standard proof-reader to make sure I came across well. I chose Adrienne Morris of AM Proof-reading and Editing. You can see what I had to say about her services by going to the testimonials page of her website. So, it doesn't matter whether you are an author or simply writing a corporate presentation or CV, I strongly recommend that you use Adrienne to check your work.
Kerridge & Partners, finding top Executives for your business

Kerridge & Partners, finding top Executives for your business

Never leave recruitment of your top Executives to chance. If you do, you could be heading for trouble. The wrong CEO could signal disaster for your busines and at the very least a costly mistake. That's why, if you are looking to recruit a top Executive for your business, I recommend specialist firm Kerridge & Partners. Kerridge & Partners are not a recruitment company: they are an Executive search company. First they understand the needs of your business, then they invest the time researching the market to find the best person. Since that person may not be actively looking for alternative employment, Kerridge & Partners offers you the best chance of getting the right person of board.
To read more go to their website.
Achievement Discoveries, increasing staff productivity

Achievement Discoveries, increasing staff productivity

Ever tried to put a square peg in a round hole? Sounds absurd, but that's what many employers do with their employees. By identifying an employee's strengths and weaknesses you can adapt their job role to suit their abilities. That way, you get the best out of them, increase productivity and reduce staff turnover. This isn't the usual psychometric testing you may have heard about. At Achievement Discoveries, Brian Noble and his team test aptitudes, the innate strengths which we all possess. Everyone is good at something, it is just a question of working out what it is. I've done the individual testing and I learnt a lot about myself I never knew before. Brian also does corporate testing across your whole staff. To find out more drop Brian an email or visit his website.