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Focus | Ashton Wheelans

Growing clients’ businesses Ashton Wheelans offers a range of valuable services to help Canterbury businesses get established and grow. The chartered accountancy practice has the skills to help clients develop their full potential, identify opportunity, increase profitability, improve cashflows and minimise risk. It covers all aspects of accounting and business development advice, as well as more specialised areas such as audit assurance and insolvency. Ashton Wheelans has offices in Christchurch, Kaiapoi and Wanaka, and employs more than 40 dedicated and skilled staff who are passionate about helping businesses find better financial outcomes. During 50 years of business, Ashton Wheelans has worked with clients of all ages at every stage of their business development. <

Ashton Wheelans’ new Christchurch office at 83 Victoria Street

The company assists clients in virtually every part of planning for new business ventures, from assessing opportunities to risk analysis and management, choosing the best business structure, budgeting and cashflow planning, business mentoring, software solution recommendations, financing arrangements, financial reporting and a sounding board for new ideas. It is involved in all aspects of the planning and execution of growth plans to ensure businesses perform to their potential. Key to this is identifying and measuring the main drivers of profit, cashflow and value, assessing investment or divestment opportunities, financial health checks and benchmarking, strategic planning, risk management and establishing and instituting regular dashboard reporting to monitor progress and measure success.


Ashton Wheelans partners, from left, Justin LeSueur, Mark Tynan, John Wheelans and Andrew Oorschot discuss business.


JOHN JONES STEEL PROUD TO SUPPORT ASHTON WHEELANS PO Box 4241, Christchurch Email: Phone 03 366 8679 Fax 03 365 6015 Mobile 021 322 847 (Frank Van Schaijik)

Identifying and retaining the right talent and developing and documenting sound business and financial systems all reduce the risk and reliance on the business owner. This requires careful ongoing planning and implementation not only to enhance the returns to current owners but to enhance the value of the business for a potential buyer.

How Xero works Xero cloud-based accounting technology allows small to medium businesses to run their entire business better and faster. Its features and benefits include: Online accounting See your cashflow in real time at any time, from anywhere. Invite others to view your accounts and provide valuable real-time advice. Your data is completely secure, even if your computer is lost or stolen. Bank reconciliation Get your bank statements imported and categorised automatically, including credit cards, PayPal and support for more than 160 foreign currencies. Keeping your accounts up to date and accurate has never been easier. Invoicing software Get paid faster, receive updates when invoice is opened and connect seamlessly with customers through online invoicing. Create professional recurring invoices and schedule bill payments to manage cashflow. Payments, returns and credits are all tracked automatically. Inventory and purchase orders Track stock movements and make invoicing easier with inventory items. Create and email custom purchase orders and copy bills for payment. Files Attach files and source documents to financial data in Xero. Contacts See your most important customers and suppliers to follow up right away. Fixed asset depreciation Easily update fixed assets and depreciation schedules for accurate reporting. Expense claims

Ashton Wheelans works with its clients to identify the key risks and value drivers to maximise this.

Handle personal expenses; just review and approve receipts.

As business owners and operators themselves, the company knows a business owner’s needs change and evolve, as their business changes and evolves. Staff work closely with clients to account and plan for those changes, with many clients being second generation with the firm. >

Manage all aspects of your business by integrating applications with Xero, including CRM, inventory management, invoicing and job system, payroll plus a wide range of other software.


Proud to have celebrated 25 years in business with Ashton Wheelans Ltd Shop 9, Merivale Mall 189 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch, t +64 3 355 7534 e Like our page on Facebook:    June/July 2014 |  77

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