PKF Carr & Stanton, Hastings, New Zealand
28 Nov 2018
The year is rapidly coming to a close and apart from wondering where it went, 2018 appears to have been a year of growth! We’ve seen it in our business, our team, clients’ businesses, the Hawke’s Bay region and the PKF network. In a fast-paced world, it’s exciting to see that businesses in Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand are not only keeping up with change, but moving forward and in some cases leading the way! In this newsletter, we feature an article on The Apple Press, a locally owned, innovative business that has made a significant investment in cutting-edge technology and who are already winning awards with their apple juice. We continue to experience growth in our own business also, and we welcome new team members, Julie, Josh, Julia and Mel. We take pride in our family like culture, recognising the importance of personal growth and empowering our team and it’s great to see that our new team members are already fitting in well.Our community involvement continues to grow and this year we are proud to have supported a variety of local fundraising initiatives. The recent Wildflower Sculpture exhibition was phenomenal and we congratulate Julie, Mike and Lizzy Russell for their amazing efforts to stage such a wonderful event and raise $100,000 for Cranford Hospice.We are pleased to continue our involvement with the Tremains Community Trust - a registered charity financially aiding individuals who are in need of assistance. We have also provided support to a number of charitable organisations/events such as the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, Tremains Triathlon, Hawke's Bay Medical Research Foundation, Breast Cancer Foundation and Fostering Kids.Coming up, we are excited to sponsor and be part of the journey that longtime clients, John and Karen Glew who will take on the “Pork Pie Charity Run 2019”, raising money for KidsCan. We’ll have more on this in the New Year.Our 2018 PKF NZ conference was a great success and provided an opportunity to collaborate, learn and share information with other NZ directors, associates and emerging leaders. Our guest speakers covered a variety of topics related to the changing landscape of business. From what our presenters had to say, it looks very much like we now have a third certainty to go with “death and taxes” and that is “change”! It’s going to be how we react to change and the opportunities that come our way that will define our future success. In 2018 we have seen a real growth in our PKF NZ network of firms. We welcomed PKF Hamilton (formerly BDO), PFK Bredin McCormack Rewcastle, Dunedin and an associate member firm Kendons, Wellington. All three firms share our business values and our vision to drive value, with a genuine focus on supporting clients to thrive, whether this is in international export markets, local service delivery, or achieving their personal lifestyle goals.For our firm, being locally owned means local decision making and investment in our local community, while being part of the international PKF network provides us with national and international reach, especially beneficial for clients conducting business globally. It’s been an action packed 2018 and it’s fantastic to see Hawkes Bay punching well above its weight in the national economic indicators. Our region is a very attractive lifestyle destination – we know – that’s why we live here!! All the signs are there for this growth to continue and we’re looking forward to being a part of it in 2019.
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