Why start ups survive and prosper


Why start ups survive and prosper

Posted 20 May 2020 by David Spratt

Only half of new New Zealand businesses survive longer than ten years and even then, only 5 per cent of those ever reach a turnover of $1 million. That is bad news. The good news is that of the 5 per cent of businesses that reach $1 million turnover, one in four grow to $10 million turnover. As a start-up, finding the right strategies, tactics and culture to grow profitably and sustainably will put you into an elite group of businesses - the long term winners. Below is some advice to help you get started and survive. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush How many times...
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Get your head in the cloud

Posted 18 May 2020 by David Spratt

Why cloud is crucial for a sustainable business, and how to choose the best option. The Covid-19 outbreak has reinforced two lessons for businesses – the importance of cloud-based services and the need to ensure their model is sustainable. Cloud platforms have really come into their own, providing accessibility for remote workers and customers, while providing the ultimate scalability for businesses facing an uncertain future. But in a world where both the economy and environment are facing unprecedented challenges, it is more vital than ever for business owners and CFOs to make...
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Inform your energy strategy with an end-to-end view of your assets

Posted 17 April 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

Create a sustainable energy strategy, and build a competitive advantage with powerful energy insights that provide complete visibility of your energy footprint. Now more than ever businesses globally are looking for wastage and holding utility costs to account by requiring detailed operational reports. As the owner of your energy strategy, it is imperative that you have end-to-end visibility of your energy footprint. Obtaining this level of visibility will provide you with energy intelligence around consumption and performance of on-site assets. These energy insights will give...
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Why spend money on Social Media?

Posted 6 April 2020 by David Spratt

I recently spent some time with a group of business leaders who all had concerns about the increasing demands for money and resources that were being made right across their enterprises. Whether it was investments in new plant and machinery, wage increases, new government regulations or the price of electricity and waste services, they all felt pressure on the bottom line. Why spend money on social media?! One area that came up in discussion was justifying our Social Media spend. For many people that I talk to, it feels like a bottomless pit where they pour cash in, only to be...
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Quinton Fisher joins Total Utilities

Posted 20 February 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

The team at Total Utilities are very excited to have Quinton Fisher join us as our Auckland Regional Sales Manager.  Quinton has recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa with his wife and two daughters. When looking at countries to immigrate to, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K made his shortlist.  We’re thrilled that New Zealand was their first choice, and we hope that it won't take long for his family to feel at home here. Total Utilities will do all we can to make the transition smooth for the Fisher family. A real people person Quinton brings with him a...
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Solar, call now and get a free set of steak knives

Posted 19 February 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

Making solar part of your business's energy mix has never been more appealing. But risk and opportunity balances between an optimised design and types of PPAs. While there's heat in the market, there are incentives - but don't unthinkingly sign away your business for a free set of steak knives! Or solar panels, for that matter. According to the Electricity Authority, New Zealand's solar energy generation capacity increased to just under 115MW in 2019. Putting this into perspective, 115MW of installed capacity is similar to one of Contact or Mercury's Geothermal stations. As a...
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Big risks in avoiding corporate sustainability

Posted 20 January 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

Your corporate sustainability targets might be in for a shock! Prior to Christmas, the Government announced a raft of proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) to rapidly decarbonise the economy. This included lifting the ETS price cap from $25/tonne to $50/tonne and creating a market floor of $20/tonne. If we take natural gas as an example, where at $25/tonne the ETS is priced at $1.37, at the market cap of $50/tonne this would increase the cost of the ETS to end users by $1.37/GJ (0.49c/kWh). With current raw gas pricing hovering around $9/GJ for large...
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How efficient, sustainable energy innovations could boost your brand

Posted 9 January 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

Research shows that using low-carbon energy solutions can improve your reputation – helping make the case for sustainable energy innovation. Deloitte recently published The Global Millennial Survey. This reinforced a number of other surveys that concluded that brands with a strong corporate social responsibly and sustainability plan will attract a higher caliber pool of prospective employees and a large range of engaged customers. 42% of those surveyed stated that they would start and or deepen a relationship with business who has products/services that positively impact the...
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Stale, male and pale.

Posted 11 December 2019 by David Spratt

Behind the times in 2019. How to kill friendships and infuriate younger colleagues. Each Christmas for the last three years I have taken the opportunity to mock colleagues, businesses, politicians and friends in the guise of a bit of festive fun. For me 2019 was a year of progressive transition to a new generation of leaders at work. This warrants a look in the mirror and into the mind of an old guy inadvertently keeping the glass ceiling firmly on top of our young talent.   “I just told you my great idea. Why are you being so difficult about...
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Finalist - Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards

Posted 5 November 2019 by David Spratt

Total Utilities is proud to have been nominated as a finalist in the 12th annual Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards. These awards reveal the capability and influence that Microsoft Partners have in empowering customers to create real change and value. As a business we have been known for a number of years for vendor-independent business consulting which enables our customers to make informed and contestable decisions in relation to their migration to Cloud computing. Once the customer embarks on that journey it is crucially important to have the right governance in place to...
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