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About Laurie Jordan
Laurie Jordan, the principal of Laurie Jordan Accounting and Business Solutions, has worked as an accountant since 1976.
A member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) from 1984 and a Fellow of that same institution since 2008, Laurie heads a team of six working from his New Plymouth-based office. He also works two days a week, on average, from his Stratford-based office, where he heads a team of three.
Both the New Plymouth and Stratford offices evolved from a series of partnerships, beginning with John Hareb in New Plymouth in the late 1980s and with Keith Elliot at Stratford around the same time.
In 1991, Laurie went into partnership with Leigh Horton, operating from both practices. With the dissolution of that partnership, in December, 2009, Laurie became the sole practitioner at both the New Plymouth and Stratford offices.
“I would consider most to be 'mum and dad'-type clients,” says Laurie.
“The work conducted at both the New Plymouth and Stratford offices is for a wide range of family businesses. These include both retail and wholesale businesses as well as work for clients who are trades-people, or in some cases, professionals. I even have another chartered accountant as a client.”
While Laurie Jordan does have clients who require little more than compliance work in terms of book-keeping, there is an increasing demand, he says, for sound, practical business advice.
“Believe it or not, I really care for my clients – and their businesses!” he says.
“We add value where we can and this leads to advising on the likes of the development of business structures, property protection through the formation of family trusts and giving sound advice on ACC. We try to set some long-term goals for the future.
“All of the time there are things going on in the background, such as compliance processing for income tax or GST, which is the basis of most accounting practices.”
In 2008, Laurie was awarded a Fellowship for his services to the NZICA, the profession and the community. He has been actively involved with the NZCIA at both national and regional level for many years, including a time as the branch chairman from 1992-1998. He served as a councillor from 1988 to 2012. He served on the Primary Sector Committee from 1999 – 2002; the ACC Liasion Committee from 2000-2004 (and as chairman from 2001-2004); the Public Practice Committee from 2005-2008 and the Executive Board from 2007.
Laurie has wide sporting interests, and has represented Taranaki in cricket. He remains a keen golfer and tennis player and has both managed and coached High School soccer teams.
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Photo: An unusual winter in Eltham (Andrew Jordan)