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Benedict Stewart

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Hey brokers, don’t get left behind

By Benedict Stewart on Mar 5, 2019 10:21:51 AM

Business owners are in charge of their own safety net. But brokers know that business owners need advice from a competent financial adviser to ensure they have appropriate cover for their individual situations. In the old days the quality of the advice was enough to distinguish a good broker from the pack in the eyes of their clients.

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Here’s why you need to learn new software skills to succeed in today’s market

By Benedict Stewart on Dec 13, 2018 4:30:03 PM

The traditional thinking goes something like this: work hard at school, get a degree and then dine out on that degree for 40 years until you retire on a generous pension.
 
For better or worse, the sun is setting on those halcyon days. In its place is a rapidly evolving job market, driven by dizzily fast-paced technological change.
 
I’m not saying you should quit your job and buy a one-way ticket to Silicon Valley. And I’m not saying that tomorrow you will turn up to work to find a robot sitting in your chair (at least not yet).
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The big mistakes costing small businesses in New Zealand

By Benedict Stewart on Dec 6, 2018 12:08:49 PM

It’s no secret that small businesses have it tough relative to their larger counterparts. It’s equally undoubted that a lack of resources, financially or otherwise, affects anything from credit ratings and capital raising through to people-power and technological capability. Due to the limited resources, small businesses are typically more exposed to external risks beyond their control, whether that’s an economic slowdown, a key employee resigning or losing an important contract. 

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Want to go agile? Make sure your team is prepared.

By Benedict Stewart on Dec 6, 2018 11:40:29 AM

The most innovative business teams are going agile. How can your team join the movement?

Up until recently, the agile methodology was a project management tool reserved exclusively for software teams. That’s because the original Agile Manifesto was designed by techies, for techies. Now business and strategy teams are adopting agile, and it’s taking off.

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Top 3 reasons why small businesses can't ignore cybersecurity

By Benedict Stewart on Oct 2, 2018 3:49:47 PM

It’s a routine Friday morning in the office and it comes as a shock to see blood red text suddenly invading your computer screen. The anonymous author is demanding $300 in bitcoin to decrypt your files. It’s not the best timing but $300 seems manageable enough. You get on the phone to your IT department and the panic starts to set in when you realise that the firm’s entire operating system is infected. The systems might be down for a day or longer. It’s going to be ugly.

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Proactively train your staff in AML/CFT

With the Dacreed online compliance training system you can:

  • assess your team’s knowledge, application and retention of AML/CFT training
  • keep track of your team’s completion dates and completion rates
  • tailor the training for different employees depending on their roles and tasks

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