Visique in Lower and Upper Hutt
Nick Burbery is an optometrist operating two outlets under the Visique brand, one in High Street, Lower Hutt and the other in Main Street, Upper Hutt. A mix of professional services and retail, Nick's business operates in a highly competitive environment but, with careful attention to cost minimisation and customer satisfaction, still manages to provide free sunglasses to new school entrants each year.
"As a business owner I don't pretend to have an amazing grasp of how various components of my business and trust finances are structured and what they mean. It is no mean feat that, with patient explanations of how it works over several years, Baubre and Martin have left me with a much clearer understanding and further confirmation my finances are in reliable and safe hands.
Still the best recommendation they have made to me was switching to Xero when it first arrived on the scene. As a result, my business understanding has improved further still and management moved to a whole new level."
Rogue & Vagabond
Set up in Glover Park in Wellington in 2013, The Rogue & Vagabond bar recognises Wellingtonians’ love of craft beer, sunshine and good music. With 14 New Zealand craft beers on tap the business is already well established and growing quickly.
"I clicked an accounting firm at random and what a stroke of luck. Dowse Murray have been such an asset to our business. The support and communication is fantastic. I have recommended Baubre and Martin to friends of mine in small business and will continue to do so. (Also Martin comes for a beer dressed in Lycra!)"
Yoshi Sushi & Bento
Yoshi Sushi & Bento is the brainchild of Yoshifumi Kono, a Japanese sushi chef from Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture and his Kiwi wife Helen. Most days you’ll find Yoshi in the Lambton Quay store and Helen in the Featherston Street store. Described by food critic David Burton as the best sushi and don buri in Wellington, the brand has grown from a single outlet in 2010 to two in 2012 and plans are underway for further growth.
"When we were setting up our business Baubre was recommended to us as an accountant and we are so glad that she was! As a new business owner there are so many things to try to learn and comprehend. With Baubre's extensive accountancy knowledge, she talked us through everything and made it easy to understand.
Martin was amazing in showing us how to use Xero and got it up and running for us straightaway. With Martin's training, I find Xero easy to use and even a little addictive - I look forward to reconciling my transactions each day! Martin has helped us set up tracking and coding so that we can see and learn more about how our business is operating.
Both Baubre and Martin are so approachable and are ready to answer questions at any time. They really do create the perfect team - an all-in-one accounting and technology package. We would highly recommend them to anyone."
Dr Merrin Pearse and Louise Taylor
Here are two people who live a lifestyle many of us would envy! Merrin is an eco-entrepreneur and surveyor and Louise is a cartographer and professional organiser, but after years of working for others they packed their bags and moved to Hong Kong in 2007. They rent an apartment in a two-storey block on lush Lantau Island and, with income from various New Zealand rental properties, now do a range of work including project management and contract cartography - plus surveying trips in exciting places such as Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.
“We really like how Baubre and her team keep things simple and friendly. For over 10 years they have been providing us with great advice for our companies and trust. This includes filing returns, software to simplify our record-keeping and recommending specialists when required.”
Arriving in New Zealand from the UK in 2004 with two young children and with no particular plans, Andy and Stephanie Manning soon set to work. Andy had been running the family engineering business and Stephanie had operated her own beauty therapy business. With a background as a software developer, Andy set up a computer consulting business. Simultaneously the couple purchased a rental property in Ohakune and an historic cottage on the edge of the Pauatahanui Inlet, which they renovated and from which Stephanie operates her new beauty therapy/day spa business, called LavenderRoom. They are now building a home for themselves on another part of the property while Andy is involved in several new startups.
"We've been with Dowse Murray for eight years and they are professional, diligent and extremely helpful. They have answered my (sometimes odd) accounting questions without condescension and have always been willing to explain the reason why things are done the way they are. I sometimes don't like the answers but I know that my accounts are all in order. In short, they take the worry out of accounting."
Dave Moskovitz is a serial entrepreneur. Originally from California (he studied computer science and linguistics at Berkeley) Dave emigrated to New Zealand in 1982. After working as a programmer for several years, he started his first consulting business. Then, with the arrival of the internet, he and his wife Kate Frykberg started one of New Zealand’s first web development businesses and sold it several years later for an undisclosed sum. He has gone on to establish WebFund with Stefan Korn, which invests in startups. He and Kate have also established a charitable trust. More recently Dave has been responsible for establishing Startup Weekends in New Zealand and Australia and is an investor in Lightning Labs, a startup accelerator in Wellington.
"Dowse Murray are great - they provide friendly, personal service, and have saved us lots of time and money. They're super-efficient, providing as little or as much service as you need, letting you get on with the stuff you're good at and excelling at whatever you don't want to or can't do."
Don Jamieson Architecture Ltd
Don Jamieson is a registered architect with a team of four focusing on creating buildings that are both healthy to live in and kind to the environment. The award-winning firm designs eco-residences and school buildings and can take a project from initial concept through to completion including guiding clients through the complexities of resource consents and building consents.
“We always find our dealings with Dowse Murray to be helpful and professional. As well as [looking after] our company accounts, Baubre has been able to provide some very pertinent business advice on a wide range of matters.”
"We have found Dowse Murray to be an excellent fit for our business needs, they are friendly to deal with, and have conducted our business in a straight forward way, that is easy to understand and leaves us confident our business is being well taken care of. Although our business is based in Auckland the distance has not been a problem in our dealings with Baubre or Martin. I happily recommend them."Laureen - LBG Builders Ltd www.lbgbuilders.co.nz
"Moving a growing company from a home-grown accounting system to a commercial cloud based service could have easily turned into a nightmare. However with Dowse Murray's guidance and expertise it was painless and completed within a week. Excellent Value and Excellent Service!"Mat Watkins - Director - On Networks www.on.net.co.nz
"When we moved to Wellington to set up a new Law practice in 2008, Baubre was recommended to us by one of her very satisified customers. Over the last five years she has given excellent advice for the business and also our personal affairs. Having access to Xero and Martins expertise has been invaluable.
We really value Dowse Murrays professional competence and service delivery. Martin and Baubre are accessible - we can phone them any time, they are highly personable and great communicators. They are helpful, friendly, patient and clear. The financial management of our business and personal affairs is hassle-free thanks to Dowse Murray."Andrew Cameron - Andrew Cameron Law
"Having attempted to manage the accounts for the first year of business I quickly came to the conclusion I was out of my depth despite my best efforts to keep on top of everything. Asking colleagues for recommendations Dowse Murray came back as the team to meet.
I have found the combination of Baubre's accountancy experience and Martin's Computer systems savvy invaluable in bringing my business into line within a very short space of time and their recommendation to use the Xero online accounting system invaluable. So simple to manage and gives me an instant picture of how the business is performing. With Dowse Murray I have a great team at my side, willing to help and guide, as and when needed."Dylan Connor - Barefoot Inc www.barefootinc.co.nz
"Dowse Murray have transformed how I see my business and taken the stress and frustration out of managing the financial aspect so I can focus on my clients. Dowse Murray are genuinely interested in my business and care about my success. They are proactive, well organised, clear communicators and responsive. I can't imagine not having them on board now. They have explained what I need to know in ways that I understand in context for my business and the values and principles that guide me. They have made what I do simple and easy to manage and I have access to the information I need when I need it. Their advice and support are invaluable and I look forward to working with them long term."Sarah Benge - Candor - Coaching, Learning & Change www.candor.co.nz
"Three years ago we contacted Baubre Murray because we needed an accountant to help us as we set up our small business. In that time Baubre has done way more for us than sort out our accounts - she has become a trusted financial advisor. She is patient, unflappable, excellent at explaining accounting and tax issues in plain English, and above all a consummate professional. We consider Baubre to be an integral contributor to the success of our business."Cate Shave - Director, Transfer Protocol Ltd www.adprotocol.co.nz
"Meeting Baubre and Martin from Dowse Murray has been great for my business. I no longer have to spend the time I used to working on my accounts and always feel confident that my tax bills are up to date and in order. Plus the best part is that they always take the time to explain things and answer all my questions really quickly....definitely recommend!"Kate MacPherson, Kate MacPherson Photographer Ltd www.katemacpherson.com
"Dowse Murray have been providing financial advice and accounting services to our business and members of our family since 2003. Initially our business operated as a sole trader, individual management consultant. Over the last few years we have been able to substantially grow the business to include rental properties, company directorships and shareholding in several business (most significant being Starfish Consulting and Beyond Recruitment - both currently seen as market leaders in their respective fields in New Zealand).
The services provided by Dowse Murray have always been very professional, prompt and of excellent quality (regardless of the size of our assets). It would be appropriate to attribute some of our success to the timely, pragmatic and appropriately conservative advice provided by Dowse Murray."Tadek Gawor - Director Consultancy Practice, Starfish Consulting Limited www.starfishconsulting.co.nz
"In 2003 we approached Baubre Murray to provide advice on our olive grove that we had established at Pauatahanui, just north of Wellington. We had previously sought advice from one of the 'big' accounting firms but felt that they did not understand the dynamics of our business. Baubre was instrumental in our being able to register our olive grove as a going concern to maximise our investment. Subsequently when we decided to expand our investments with rental property purchases, Baubre provided excellent advice on the best way to go about this and we spread our investments across properties in Wellington and Akaroa, where we intended retiring to.
Baubre and her colleagues have always been responsive to our enquiries, providing professional advice and in promptly processing our accounts. We feel Baubre has efficiently managed our financial requirements for our portfolio ranging from the olive grove, a dalliance with Highland cattle, the rental properties and our plans for a bed and breakfast. Particularly during our recent 18 months in the United Kingdom we found Baubre very accommodating given the time difference and our requirement for support as we negotiated the sale of one of our rental properties and the purchase of our current olive grove in Akaroa. We have no hesitation in recommending Dowse Murray to other business people."Lionel and Gayle Sheridan - La Bonne Vie Ltd
"We appreciate the sound accounting support and guidance that Baubre and Martin have provided to us for more than five years. They are professional, accessible, responsive and are an integral part of our team."Heidi Borner - Everest International Ltd
"Baubre has been providing us with expert and trusted advice for over 9 years now. We particularly appreciate her fast response to queries, her timely reminders of upcoming liabilities and the tailoring of her tax and business advice to our specific circumstances. Since moving to Xero we have called on Martin's expertise with this product, and he has also provided us with prompt and accurate support. Working with Dowse Murray is friendly and hassle free - we look forward to a long future relationship with Baubre, Martin and their team."Kerry-Lynn Sorrell - The Cuba Group Ltd www.thecubagroup.com
"The expertise of Dowse Murray has been a vital element in the success of my small company. Baubre's assistance with tax, accounting issues and business development has been invaluable, and Martin's advice that I should transfer to Xero has made my business much easier to run. I've particularly appreciated Dowse Murray's patience, accessibility, and fast response to questions. Dowse Murray is committed to helping clients understand the financial issues that will determine the future success of their business, and their friendly, positive attitude is enormously motivating."Linley Boniface
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