Every commercial enterprise is two sides of a coin: heads – the product or service that you, the proud owner, are passionate about bringing to the market, and tails – the business side of your business.
Owner Peter Eastmure of Eastmure and Associates understands that not every owner enjoys or even fully understands the backroom side of their endeavours – the cashflow, overheads, obligations to IRD and ACC, insurances, employment agreements and health and safety – that are unavoidable but take up so much time. So Eastmure and Associates has built its business on offering a wrap-around taxation and business advisory service to help your business be the best it can be.
Peter says the goal is to help clients improve the value of their business and to become a trusted advisor, “after all, a business is often its owner’s biggest asset, paying the mortgage and financing the family. It needs to be protected and grown.”
All clients receive a free ‘Business Health Check’: the figures are run through the business advisory software; comparisons are made, advice tendered on planning including succession planning along with advice on documentation, and discussions on the pros and cons of growth, maintenance, or retrenching the business.
“No company is too small or too big,” Peter says. “We have the resources to work with large and complex companies, and we are very happy to meet with anyone to discuss their situation.” The team of four staff are serious about making it easy for clients. Available seven days, Peter says, “in the moment when you need help, we’re right there at the end of the phone”.
The company doesn’t charge for emails or calls and, despite having clients all over New Zealand, the team never passes on travel costs. Handily located at Hazeldean Business Park in Addington, there is parking outside and Peter’s open-door policy means you can walk in without an appointment if you need to.
The emphasis is on valuing clients and, as a result, Eastmure is a magnet for those who have not received the attention that they should have from their previous consultants. This constant team has been working together for years and clients deal with the same person with each contact. “We build trust in our strong and ongoing relationships, we are relaxed, and easy to get hold of,” Peter says.
Working over a range of sectors, the team wants you to ask lots of questions so that you will end up knowing more about your business. “We turn numbers into knowledge,” Peter says. “We talk to clients, understand where they are at, we specialise in managing overheads and direct costs, identifying wastage, reducing costs. We ask what are your goals? What is stopping you achieving your goals? Then we look at possible options.”
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