The team behind your success

A3A business team that runs smoothly and is well-coordinated can be instrumental in promoting your business’s long-term growth and success. Consider this when putting a dream team together.

Success is brought about by a solid business team. Once you have built your business team and it runs smoothly, you can focus on working on your business instead of in it. You now have the freedom to step back from running the day-to-day operations and focus on strategic planning, improving your products and services and increasing your market share. These are the activities that will improve business growth and success in the long term.

The installation of a well-coordinated team, including dedicated staff, outsourced vendors, suppliers and lawyers is instrumental in attaining success. Shari Gould wrote an article in which she discussed the steps to building a successful small business team.

You have to start by thoroughly understanding your business process in order to figure out which people you will need on your team. It is obvious which employees you will need right from the start, but don’t forget the all-important service providers, suppliers and maintenance staff who keeps everything running smoothly. The delivery of quality goods and services is imperative for a successful business, so make sure your vendors share that goal with you. Select vendors according to their dedication to your budget and to delivering on time every time. Entice better co-operation by offering them something extra to get faster or better service.

It is important that everyone in your company understands the timeline – from receiving the goods to delivery to clients. Prioritise the steps and make posters of them, which you put up at strategic sites in your business.

A good contract lawyer is essential to any successful business team. Create and review contracts between your company and your vendors, so that money can be saved by your lawyer in the case of any future contractual legal disputes.

Learn from your competition. Acquire some of their products and use their services to find out what they are up to and where their strengths and weaknesses are. Learn from that to improve your own enterprise.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice. 





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IC Marais

Professional experience:

IC Marais is a certified CA (SA) with public sector and private sector technical knowledge based on 5 years’ Public Sector accounting, auditing and financial management experience and 5 years audit, tax and accounting experience. Detailed knowledge of private and public sector accounting and auditing standards (GRAP, IPSAS, IFRS, IAS, ISA) and public sector financial legislation (MFMA, etc.)

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.


Professional experience:

In 1995, Schalk started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and then Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007) in Bloemfontein. In 1998, Schalk was appointed as manager at Moores Rowland, where he became a partner in 2003. Schalk received his Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation in 2006 and in 2009 he received his Certificate in the Administration of Estates.


Professional experience:

Cedric started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007), Bloemfontein, in 1986. After completion of his articles, he joined the Special Investigations Division of the Department of Finance (SA Revenue Services) as a senior inspector from 1990 to 1991.


Professional experience:

Lucha started her career as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. After this she worked in commerce in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

On her return to South Africa, she completed her CA training contract with us and has been with Newtons ever since. She became a Partner in 2012.

Apart from her CA(SA) qualification she also holds a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Taxation (2005) and has the overall responsibility for training as our Training Officer.