About Us

Welcome to the Nelson Smart Business Centre

Our Smart Biz Hub caters to your accounting requirements, while also providing business advice and mentoring, XERO and payroll training, with a team of specialists and staff working out of different locations providing support to all our customers.

We understand people are unique, businesses are unique, and your situation is unique. To this end we are dedicated to providing timely, accurate solutions tailored to suit individual needs. We will work alongside you with the aim of not only solving problems that arise, but helping you reach your financial goals.

Once your books are in order, we will recommend tools for you to make your life easier, and your business more efficient. We can recommend systems that can progress your business so you can achieve success, we want to get to know you as a person, and work alongside you to achieve your goals.

Alison Blanchett is the director of this company, and she can advise you on your business and assist with taxation issues.

With running her own business, she has the expertise to assist clients with their own business development, with the added bonus of understanding the taxation hurdles that each business faces.

Please see below other team members who can assist you with your individual needs:

Chris Lusty

Partnership, Trusts, Company Accounts, Business Valuations, Overseas Income, Investments.

Wendy Ford

Sole Trader, Rental Accounts, Company Setup, XERO and Payroll Training, Company Administration.

Laura Jacobs

XERO and Payroll Training, Bookkeeping, HubDoc.

Nicki Mason

XERO and Payroll Training, Bookkeeping, HubDoc.

Chris Hannen

Partnership, Trusts, Society, Club, Company Accounts, Overseas Income, Investments.

Rossana Rogers

Partnership, Trusts, Society, Club, Company Accounts, Overseas Income, Investments.

Ashi Hemamali

Sole Trader, Rental Accounts, Company Setup, XERO and Payroll Training, Company Administration.

Molly Brealey

Sole Trader, Rental Accounts, Company Setup, XERO and Payroll Training, Company Administration.

Alison Blanchett

Partnership, Trusts, Company Accounts, Overseas Income, Investments, Business Development.

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Chris Lusty

A UK Chartered Accountant with over 35 years accounting experience of which over 15 have been in New Zealand, offering all aspects of accounting, and tax services, and advice. Special interest in Business Valuations and advice to buyers and sellers of businesses.

He lives on a lifestyle block in the Moutere and in his spare time plays tennis, golf, rides his mountain bike and generally enjoys the outdoor life that New Zealand has to offer.

Wendy Ford

Wendy is an Accountant and has been with Smart Business Centre since 2015. She came to Smart Business Centre from being sole administrator for a Nelson company which gives her insight to the challenges you face running your business on a daily basis and is happy to help you find processes to make running your business simple and hassle-free. Wendy is an expert in Xero and is a Xero certified Advisor. When not having contact with our clients face to face, she is preparing annual accounts, GST returns, providing Xero and Payroll support, and Company Setups. Regardless of your business challenges Wendy will be able to assist you or ensure that you are put into contact with another of our team with the relevant expertise. Feel free to contact Wendy, you will find her friendly, knowledgeable, and understanding of your situation.

Laura Jacobs

Laura started in 2019 after selling her Pie Shop ‘In Pie We Crust’. She realised she enjoyed the accounting side of Xero more than making pies. With a background in insurance, finance and hospitality she has a variety of skills to help clients from the customers prospective. She has settled in Nelson with her husband and daughter and still loves making pies, local market produce, art and travelling.

Nicki Mason

Nicki joined the team in 2019 as an Accountant Assistant. She has since started completing GST Returns and is Xero certified. She has always worked in accounting but took several years off to be a Mum. In her spare time she spends quality time with her 2 young children and husband. She plays netball and volunteers at school and loves the outdoors.

Chris Hannen

Chris has worked in the accounting industry since 1988 and gained her Chartered Accountant qualifications in 1992. Over these years she has gained a good knowledge of all areas of Accountancy and Tax Law. She loves her job and in particular, interaction with clients. Outside of the office she enjoys keeping active with swimming, cycling, netball, hooping and whatever else happens to be flavour of the season and is thankful for all the sporting facilities Nelson and the district have to offer. Her and her partner Paul have a real passion for travelling and whilst relatives living in Germany, Wales, and England mean most overseas trips are centered on these countries, they try to fit other countries in as stopovers.

Rossana Rogers

Rossana is one of the new team members of Smart Business Centre in the Nelson office. She gained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce, major in Accounting from the Philippines. She moved to New Zealand 25 years ago and has been a Kiwi citizen for more than 20 years. She’s not your usual accountant, other than Finance and Audit, she is also experienced in Hospitality, Office Administration, Human Resources, Website Development, Communications and Marketing. In the past, she’s worked in banks, an audit firm, chartered accounting firms, hotels, trust company, volunteer centre, local council, primary health and Maori organisation. Other than the Philippines and New Zealand, she has also lived and worked in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Rossana in her spare time enjoy spending time with her family. She loves singing, dancing and performing on stage (when she can, especially musicals) and loves keeping herself busy in the weekend making house improvements with her builder husband.

Ashi Hemamali

Ashi Joined the team in 2020 as an intermediate accountant. She moved to NZ in 2017 for her studies & completed her graduate diploma in professional accounting at NMIT & holds a bachelor honours degree at level 8 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka which is an executive level qualification. She is also Xero and Xero Payroll certified and has a year and half accounting experience in NZ and two years accounting experience in Sri Lanka. In her spare time she enjoys doing paper crafts, gardening, cooking and photography. She doesn’t forget to spend time with her husband.

Molly Brealey

Molly has been a team member of Smart Business Centre since 2017 and has grown her role within the company from Receptionist to XERO and SmartPayroll Trainer to Assistant Accountant and now Office Manager of the Nelson City Branch. Molly has been trained to help you with your Bookkeeping, Invoicing, XERO, Payroll, Rental/Sole Trader Accounts, and setting up your own Company. Her background has been in accounts receivable, payable and administration since 2005 and has also worked for an Insurance company in their finance department. Molly outside work does a lot of community activities, like Fundraising, Theatre, Dancing, Drumming, and Flash Mobs. She even runs her own Fitness Dance Class which she describes as 80’s cheese. Her goal in life is to be happy and make people laugh.

Alison Blanchett

Alison has been a Chartered Accountant for over 25 years. Business advisory/strategy and helping her clients achieve their goals is her passion. She is not your ordinary accountant so don’t expect the norm but do expect someone who puts people first and really listens to their needs. The drive behind setting smart tools for the office by introducing Xero and Smart payroll was to assist in efficiencies but also to help clients regain their freedom in their businesses.

Alison can advise you on the right structure for your business, review how the business is going, assist with tax planning, and set up regular strategy business meetings to help you achieve your personal and business goals.

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