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Cleaning

Call in the cleaning pros: tops tips to choosing a professional cleaning firm

‘Let your fingers do the walking’ was once the catchcry of calling in the professionals and, although our fingers are now doing the walking in a directory of the digital kind, the premise behind this concept remains true. Sometimes the professionals really are the way to go.

Cleaning

Methamphetamine, animal waste, insect infestations, mould, industrial accidents, contaminated batts, crime scenes, death and odour are all scenarios where your home and health can benefit from the safety and security of a professional eye.
At its simplest, a professional cleaning firm is highly experienced, with the products and techniques to tackle any manner of mess. While at face value, this provides a tidy space for you to get on with life, at a deeper level it gives the safety that comes from professionally removing germs and pathogens that risk your health.
Cleaning is, after all, not always a one size fits all affair and turning a professional hand over to this job can ensure your service is customised to your needs and it can be as simple or as thorough as you choose.
Although the state of cleanliness can be somewhat subjective, varying at least in some degree from person to person, what’s more objective are the sanitation practices and procedures that a professional cleaner adheres to, in order to keep your space germ free.
After all, they make it their business to keep your business clean.

McFadden Accounting

A taxing affair: McFadden Accounting takes the pain out of tax time

Rumour has it the Beatles got taxed at 94 percent in the UK in 1963, rousing George Harrison to write the heartfelt lyrics, ‘Now my advice for those who die, declare the pennies on your eyes…. yeah, I’m the taxman, and you’re working for no one but me’.

McFadden Accounting
Jason McFadden

We haven’t reached 94 percent in New Zealand, but according to Jason McFadden of McFadden Accounting, the New Zealand system is so complex, “people are often paying more tax than they need”.
Take Portfolio Investment Entities (PIE) and KiwiSaver, taxed at a discounted rate determined by your income band. People nominate the tax rate at the outset: if you set your tax rate too high and pay too much, you won’t get the excess tax back; set the rate too low and you have to include your PIE or KiwiSaver income in your tax return – you’ll be taxed in your income band and lose the discounted rate. “A rate set too high or too low sees you penalised. It is quite a prevalent problem,” Jason says.
Buy a new mortgaged home and rent out your retained mortgage-free house, then no claim on mortgage interest payments is possible. However, sell the renter into a company which raises the mortgage, and that company can claim a tax deduction for the interest. Jason says you will incur conveyancing costs, but you can be better off longer term.
With 26 years’ experience, Jason offers a competitive service, travelling to you to see where, why, and how you operate. Jason can see you promptly throughout Christchurch and North Canterbury.

Priority Communications

Creative marketing and communications: the team behind Priority Communications tells us how to stay relevant to customers in a modern world

The average person scrolls through more than 20 metres of content on their smartphone or computer each day – sometimes in just one sitting.

Priority Communications

So it’s more important than ever for businesses to be creative and highly strategic in how they market themselves and communicate with the people that matter to them.
That’s where the team at Priority Communications comes in. This talented crew are experts in creating engaging content and helping organisations communicate at their very best with customers, staff and others.
“Often businesses don’t have the budget to have an in-house public relations team. We’ll work with them to create a marketing communications strategy and then assist them to put it in place,” Priority Communications Director Michele Hider says.
“Several of our clients see us as an extension of their team, asking us to look after everything from their website and social media presence to engaging with media, producing their marketing material and supporting them with crisis communications.
“Others have us on board for one-off campaigns or distinct pieces of work such as writing their annual report, developing a new website or microsite, organising an event, or liaising with the media over a special issue.”
The Priority Comms team are a friendly, down-to-earth bunch, who are just as comfortable meeting clients at home or on a farm, as in a corporate setting. Between them they have backgrounds and qualifications in public relations, journalism, broadcasting and community relations. They work alongside local, well-respected partners for graphic design, web development, photography and videography.
“The first impression people have of your business stems from your marketing and communications, so it is important to do it well,” Michele says. “We get enormous satisfaction out of watching our clients grow and thrive.”

AWESOME HQ, PHOTO BY PEANUT PRODUCTIONS

Savvy shared spaces: fourteen awesome places to co-work in Christchurch

Christchurch is embracing the burgeoning international trend of co-working, with savvy businesses snapping up shared spaces throughout the city. Whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, start-up or community group, the clever co-working concept is creative Christchurch at its best.

AWESOME HQ, PHOTO BY PEANUT PRODUCTIONS
AWESOME HQ, PHOTO BY PEANUT PRODUCTIONS

Evil Genius Bar & Lair
Unit B, 1091 Ferry Road
Described as a café, bar and co-working space for ‘outcasts, geniuses, mavericks and misanthropes looking for a cool spot to work, eat and drink… not necessarily in that order’.

Regus
6 Hazeldean Road Addington and Awly Building, 287-293 Durham Street
A statement office, friendly coworking space to hire, a buzzing business lounge and meeting rooms with all mod cons – it’s all here to rent between these two innovative spaces.

ARGO
215 Marine Parade, New Brighton
‘An ecosystem of passionate and driven professionals’, offering desks, an event space, meeting room, parking, in-house events and networking, with beach views and surfboard storage!

Christchurch Community House
301 Tuam St, Christchurch Central
Run by a group of non-profit organisations committed to modelling a strong, connected community, there’s ‘hot desking’ for community groups, and a range of tenancy options and bookable rooms.

C-Lab
270 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central
Desks and meeting rooms for freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups in the vibrant Boxed Quarter laneways, it even has a roof-top balcony.

EPIC
76/106 Manchester St, Christchurch Central
A hub of high-tech digital collaboration for some of New Zealand’s brightest high-tech companies, it has meeting rooms, event spaces, a co-working lounge and hosts interesting speakers every week.

The Boardroom
10 Wakefield Ave, Sumner
A shared space for remote-working Sumner residents, it’s located above the local surf shop, with six permanent desks and one hot desk, available between 9am and 5pm.

GreenHouse
146 Lichfield St, Christchurch Central
An innovation hub for start-ups, scale-ups and small businesses with 40 desks, meeting rooms and an open event space for up to 100, offering tailored support, programmes and events.

Awesome HQ
192 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central
Provided by the Ministry of Awesome, this co-working space is designed to support start-ups, freelancers, small businesses and individuals.

Phillipstown Community Hub
39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown
Made up of groups working towards developing a more inclusive community, it has three community lounges and several office spaces.

The Collect
Suite 1, Level 1, 185 Manchester St
Offering desks and meeting rooms, its founders wanted to create a home for freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs to ‘create a diverse community where our workspace continually inspires us’.

XCHC
376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Providing spaces to produce, showcase and share creative works, there’s an onsite licensed café and bar, exhibition and event space, and a loft apartment for visitors and artists in residence.

BizDojo
4 Ash Street, Christchurch Central
There are 150 desks, three meeting rooms and an open event space. Marketed as ‘more than just a desk’, insightful people and programmes are on hand to help businesses grow.

community101
111 Cashel St, Christchurch Central
A free co-working space at BNZ in the CBD offering flexible hot-desks and meeting rooms, available for anyone during business hours.

Peter O'Connor from Ricoh

A sign of what’s to come: Ricoh gives us the run-down on some seriously cool tech (that you can get in your business now)

If you’re still thinking Ricoh only supplies photocopiers, then you really need to unclog your paper jam. The company’s latest addition to its suite of business technology solutions contributes to the most exciting advances in signage since Claude first mass produced neon.

Peter O'Connor from Ricoh
Peter O’Connor from Ricoh demonstrating on a smart screen

Ricoh’s Peter O’Connor says the company’s electronic signage range offers endless possibilities. “Your electronic signage can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.”
If you’re innovative in business but technology isn’t really your bag; if you don’t know your dongle from your daemon, you can still get into electronic signage in a big way. Ricoh supplies and installs, and Peter can talk you through all the options to find a solution to suit your business needs and level of techno-engagement. The smaller interactive screens operate just like a big iPad on the wall. All the options operate through wireless technology, are cloud-based and require only a wall socket.
At its simplest, electronic signage is an indoor screen, running anything from your latest product range, to staff health and safety procedures in the canteen.
From there the sky really is the limit – there is outdoor signage, you can put a hologram into a shop window or turn a changing room mirror into a sign and touch the screen to overlay different outfits onto yourself. You can have a video wall in your showroom of multiple 98-inch screens banded together seamlessly, and run screens in numerous locations from one spot showing the same or even different information.
Ricoh also supplies OLED flexible glass bent into waves or stunning shapes, with black back colour contrast, so the picture is crystal clear.
A popular option is the interactive touch overlay on a shop window. Real estate agents have found buyers enjoy the ability to swipe a window to view properties of interest, rather than having to wait for old fashioned video to scroll around to a particular house.
For more information or electronic signage tailored to your business, email Peter poconnor@ricoh.co.nz.

Caffe 1808

Leading the business way: how Caffe 1808 is tailoring themselves towards the needs of a thriving business community

Caffé 1808 sits in the heart of the Waterloo Business Park. It is a café with its own unique history, crisp modern décor, and exclusive Molinari coffee that aficionados drive across town to experience.

Caffe 1808

Caffe 1808
WORK SPACES ARE CHANGING AND 1808 IS LEADING THE WAY

The Business Park has a vision for the future and the changing ways we do things, especially in the business environment. Work spaces are changing and 1808 is leading the way in accommodating the businesses in the area, and the city.
Ten minutes from Christchurch Airport, and twenty from the CBD, 1808 offers catered morning teas and lunches, a licensed café experience, and a top-class meeting room.

Seating up to 12, and possibly more, the meeting room is air-conditioned, well connected with wi-fi and bluetooth, a 55-inch TV with cables and connectors provided, a whiteboard, and controlled lighting. There is a separate entrance, or enter through the café, and the double-glazed sliding doors create a virtually soundproof environment.
Of course, meetings are catered via the café. Order from the menu or the cabinet, or tailor morning tea and lunch for attendees. All dietary requirements are catered to.
Business meetings, client or job applicant interviews, presentations, or just a quiet lunch with colleagues, the 1808 Meeting Room provides a unique space at very reasonable rates. There is stunning outdoor seating, and even a basketball court nearby for the super-energetic.

If preferred, the 1808 team will bring coffees, morning teas and lunches to you!
Contact Andrea Wyld, Caffé 1808 Manager, on 027 277 2731 to discuss requirements and see caffe1808.co.nz for more information.