Business Fitness NZ turns 10!
Business Fitness NZ turns 10!
Interactive accounting content firm Business Fitness NZ provides New Zealand accounting professionals with a single source of authoritative and practical information to make them more productive. The progressive Mt Maunganui company has just turned 10.
Business Fitness NZ provides innovative solutions for accountants that include a range of over 1500 ‘how to’, process-driven compliance and service templates as well as electronic work papers, documentation kits and software and client development tutorials and webinar programmes.
The company was sold last year to CCH New Zealand Ltd, a Wolters Kluwer business. CCH is a leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services and has served tax, accounting and business professionals in New Zealand since 1974.
Mr Russell Evans, President of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific, said that clients of Business Fitness NZ and CCH have both benefited significantly from the acquisition.
“We welcomed the addition of the Business Fitness NZ team and products to Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting in August 2011. This acquisition was a strategic move that has seen the complementary strengths of our premier content resources and best-of-breed solutions and service offerings give New Zealand-based accounting firms significant opportunities to increase their profitability and performance to global best practice levels,” Evans said.
Business Fitness NZ General Manager Julie Benton said the acquisition demonstrated a clear commitment by CCH to invest in leading New Zealand Intellectual Property and has built on the strengths of both organisations, as well as enhancing the company’s services to clients. She said the team of six at Business Fitness NZ is closer to its clients than ever before.
“Most of the clients we first signed 10 years ago are still our clients to this day. We hear from some clients every week, and some we never hear from unless circumstances are dire. They are always welcome to pick up the phone and call us whether it’s with a problem, a great idea, or just to chat,” Benton said.
The Business Fitness NZ journey has seen many highlights. The growth of the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly benchmarking survey – ‘the biggest, most comprehensive benchmarking survey of the New Zealand accounting industry’, The Accountants’ Big Day Out, the launch of its prized Client Development Centre to provide clients with the training and support that they need to get the most out of Business Fitness NZ’s Content Solution not to mention several babies, marriage proposals and fellowships.
“Having said that, our biggest achievement has been the countless relationships we’ve formed with the 400+ firms who’ve joined the Business Fitness NZ party. They’re a clever, proactive bunch who keep us on our toes. They also give us the support, knowledge and direction we need to keep on delivering what we do best.
“We look forward to the teenage years. With ideas already in the pipeline no doubt we’ll throw in some exciting surprises and keep the journey fun and fresh.”
About Business Fitness
Business Fitness New Zealand (BFNZ) (www.businessfitness.co.nz) is headquartered in Mount Maunganui and provides integrated workpapers and highly practical content solutions to more than 400 accounting firm customers in New Zealand. CCH and Business Fitness NZ serve tax and accounting professionals in the same segments of the market and we share the same value proposition: We are keenly focused on our clients and deliver best-of-breed integrated content and process solutions that are designed to improve their productivity and enable them to deliver a better result to their own clients. Business Fitness NZ’s innovative content contains a range of over 1500 “how to”, process-driven compliance templates (updated at least monthly for legislative changes) to make an accountancy practice more systemised, efficient and profitable. Additionally, their content integration training programs are tailored to suit businesses systemisation needs.
About CCH New Zealand Ltd., a Wolters Kluwer
CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business (www.cch.co.nz) is the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals since 1974. Its market-leading workflow solutions help professionals use technology and information to improve their efficiency, productivity and profitability. CCH New Zealand is the leading publisher and information provider for the professional services industries, including tax, accounting and financial planning, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate and business law, competition and consumer law, conveyancing and property, court practice, human resources, employment and safety. CCH New Zealand products are authored by an in-house team of experts that work with consulting authors who are industry-leaders in their field.
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer (www.wolterskluwer.com) is a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer’s leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world. Wolters Kluwer had 2010 annual revenues of €3.6 billion (US$5 billion/£3.1 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, serving customers globally. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.