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Human Resources Advice

Anna Ramm brings over 20 years of Senior Strategic and Operational Management, HR, Recruitment, and Learning and Development experience across diverse industries in the UK and NZ. This extensive background has equipped Anna with unique insights into small to medium-sized businesses, enabling her to craft innovative, practical solutions for her clients.

With a profound passion for both people and business, Anna effortlessly cultivates enduring relationships with business owners and managers, fostering trust and loyalty that keeps clients returning for her expertise time and time again. Her exceptional ability to interpret clients’ visions, coupled with her adept mentoring, development, and inspiration of others, ensures that each company she advises is in secure hands.

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Health and Safety Policies

Lewis works closely with your sign making businesses to provide individuliased and comprehensive Health and Safety systems at an extremely competitive rate.  This service is specific to the sign industry and tailor made to suit your business as we know not all sign shops are the same.  See below only some of the systems you can receive:

  • Comprehensive 80+ page manual that is specific to your company (logos and names and roles are all in there)
  • A number of different tools that are specific to the industry and the work being carried out. ie. Induction forms, Checklists, Task/Risk Analysis, Risk Register specific to your company, internal training sheets for your staff, hazard management tools, accident and incident investigation and reporting tools etc.

A standard generic system is generally $1000+ but we have negotiated a discounted rate for our members of $525 +GST.  If however you have no employees this would be slightly less.

Lewis also schedules regular follow ups to ensure that your circumstances have not changed and if you are happy with the system.

If you are needing assistance with Pre-qualification Documents, Lewis can assist you every step of the way to ensure that the process and system that he recommends will make it much easier to get through.

Next step? Get in touch with Lewis to discuss in more detail what you and your business requires are.

Lewis Thompson M 027 228 8127 | 

Business Best Practice Advice

For 21 years we have been advising a diverse range of businesses on how to find their competitive advantage. Our clients look upon us as an extension of their own business because we become part of the team. We make 100% sure we do whatever is needed to fully understand how the business operates. Although we work in a professional manner, we connect on an emotional level.

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Accounting Practices and Reconciliation

We provide an impressive range of features to make it easy for you to get your cashflow and compliance issues sorted:

  • We have a very clever system that puts our subscribers on the top of their clients list to be paid.
  • Personalised Health and Safety manuals.
  • Terms of Trade
  • Letters, documents and forms to cover every contingency you may need to address, including deferred payments.
  • Credit Rating systems
  • Plus a raft of other services

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Our preferred Accountancy firm is Brown and Associates Chartered Accountants.

Brown and Associates believe in providing quality accounting services for Richmond and Nelson clients without the hefty price tag. Their team of experienced and professional accountants offer comprehensive services at reasonable rates.

With Brown and Associates, you’re not just saving money; you’re investing in a partnership that values your financial and business well-being.

Business and Health Insurance

Business Insurance Limited is proud to partner with the NZSDA and to be providing tailored insurance solutions, advice and service for NZSDA members nationwide. Business Insurance limited understands all business are different in many ways and will look to understand your business and people before providing practical and appropriate advice.

Business Insurance Limited works with the country’s leading Insurers to ensure our customers have the most innovative products and wordings available to them from financially sound and trusted insurers.

Please feel free to contact the team at Business Insurance Limited anytime to arrange a no-obligation discussion around your tailored insurance program.

P: 03 339 7065 |  E: 

Health insurance for a healthy business.

Feeling good about your employees? Putting their wellbeing first means they feel valued and encouraged to bring their best selves to work each day. Advice Financial and nib can offer you a comprehensive package for looking after your employees, so you can feel better about your business.
Get immediate cover for pre-existing conditions not including general exclusions and the serious condition lump sum option. And employees can get the same level of cover and benefits for their family members if they join within 90 days of the cover starting.

Make the healthy choice for your business, your employees and yourself.

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First Aid

First Aid training you can trust…

Red Cross is the global leader in first aid training. They have provided first aid in New Zealand and throughout the world in teaching and disaster response capacities for over 100 years.  Their courses are based on world-class research and Red Cross’ on-going commitment to quality and excellence.

Red Cross can provide first aid training and courses by qualified instructors to over 70 locations nationwide all aligned with NZQA standards.  All courses are hands-on, where participants gain the practical skills and confidence to perform first aid whenever and wherever they might need it.

As well as classroom learning, they also offer a flexible approach through blended learning options – a combination of digital and face-to-face options. Some courses can be partly self-taught through the Red Cross First Aid app or through an online learning platform.

First aid training is a cornerstone of New Zealand Red Cross’ mission to strengthen community and workplace resilience, so the more people who are first aid trained in your workplace, the better prepared everyone will be when it matters the most!

By doing your first aid training with New Zealand Red Cross, not only will you learn to save a life, but you will be keeping your staff, clients and the public safe in and around the workplace and community, bettering the way you do business and adding value to what you do everyday.

Working at Heights

Site Safe is a national not-for-profit health and safety organisation. Formed in 1999 by the construction industry, Site Safe’s goal is to help companies reduce workplace injuries by creating a positive change in health and safety culture.

To do this, Site Safe provides training and resources on best practice systems and behaviours known to improve health and safety.  In addition to education, Site Safe also offers auditing and consulting services, and health and safety kits for small businesses.

NZSDA is a trade association member to Site Safe. NZSDA members qualify for a trade association discount on subscriptions. Simply provide proof of your NZSDA membership when you join Site Safe, and you will receive an automatic 10 per cent discount on your annual subscription fee.

Accessman is New Zealand’s leading hire company supplying Scissorlifts, Cherry Pickers and Knucklebooms to the construction industry.

Accessman has led the EWP market since its inception in 1994.  Our key strength is that we operate in a niche market, EWPs is what we do, and we are experts in the best brands and models in use, not only in New Zealand, but internationally.  We know what works and what doesn’t and continue to drive the NZ market with innovation and new technology specific to our client’s requirements.

With over 1000 machines nationwide and our franchise system growing we are excited to now be able to partner with the NZ Sign and Design Association to offer members a 30% discount on the standard hire rate of our machines.

Accessman are also key drivers of Health and Safety and EWP training in NZ and we offer both HIANZ and IPAF EWP training.

NZSDA and Accessman have recently come together to offer members 30% discount on hireage of access equipment, helping our members save money and time so they can get on and do better business.  To find out more go to the members section of the website.

Equipment Hire

The Hirepool brand has been operating in New Zealand since 1955 and has a national footprint of 70+ locations, so we can offer you nationwide capabilities, a well-maintained fleet and knowledgeable staff.

We have experience, large range of hire fleet and we can provide you with member benefits, enhanced products, services and customer support.

Our brands include Port-A-Loo, Hirepool Vehicle Rentals, Continental Event Hire and Hirepool Shoring

You can Hirepool that!!

Brent Riggs
M 021 978 584   |   0800 15 15 15 |

Training and Education

Signee was created to align with NZSDA’s mission and vision. It acknowledges the need for a training programme at entry level into industry and accelerated training opportunities for existing members within the industry.

We are offering the Signee workbook and online courses to NZSDA members as a FREE onboarding tool for new staff.

The Signee training courses focus on developing skills and knowledge of industry standards in the ‘core‘ six pillars of sign making in New Zealand.

Competenz is one of New Zealand’s industry training organisations that work with over 3,500 companies and 20,000+ learners in 37 industries around New Zealand to build skills, careers and businesses. Most learning takes place on-the-job.  Competenz works with experts from each industry and support to develop nationally recognised qualifications (New Zealand and National Certificates and Diplomas).

Competenz help structure tailored training plans around the country with the assistance of 70 account managers that specialise in certain industries. They work with companies to build training plans tailored to their businesses – then help their learners gain their skills in the workplace.

Competenz helps make the learning happen and can provides training materials and eLearning, visits to workplaces to check on progress, arrange for learners to complete any off-job training they need (e.g. at a polytechnic), assesses (or arrange assessments) to confirm learners have built their skills, moderates assessments to make sure they are fair, valid and consistent across the country and registers learners’ success with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Competenz also support our industry amongst others in many ways, including promoting careers in these industries, sponsoring industry events like conferences and competitions, offering scholarships and celebrating learners’ success.

To find out more about Competenz or how to become an apprentice view more details at this link.


Business Supplies – Save time and money. OfficeMax is your one-stop shop supply source for stationery, technology, furniture, safety and first aid supplies, cleaning and hygiene supplies, packaging and mailing solutions and much more. Great member pricing backed by the OfficeMax Low Price Guarantee. Shop online, in-store or by phone.

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Kiwi Fuel Cards – Available for our Members only, NZSDA and NZ Fuel Solutions have put together an exclusive offer, so take advantage of the competitive pump prices in the current market at Mobil sites across the country and apply for an NZSDA Mobilcard today.  You will receive Great Discount off the Mobil Pump Prices, enjoy an extensive network nationwide, pay only once a month, 50 days Free Credit, No Administration or Card Fees so No Costs.

The Mobil Network covers around 360 Mobil Card Acceptor Sites nationwide.  Mobil Sites, Allied Truck Stops, Allied Petroleum Sites, Waitomo Petroleum Sites, Nelson Petroleum sites.  The Mobilcard is also accepted at Pak N Save and New World Retail Fuel Sites.

For more information on applying for a card, please make contact with Gavin at

Communications & Broadband Provider – 2degrees is offering special deals to NZSDA members nationwide on a case-by-case basis. 2degrees is always fighting for fair pricing, bringing competitive offers to businesses across the country. To get the best of 2degrees’ offerings, bundle all your needs for mobile, broadband, and power—it could be a winning solution for your business and home.

NZ Safety Blackwoods have been taking care of business for over 70 years. Nobody has more in-depth knowledge of providing safety equipment, tools, engineering, workwear, hygiene, and packaging than NZ Safety Blackwoods.

With over 30 Trade Centres across New Zealand, a comprehensive digital platform, knowledgeable sales and service representatives, an award-winning customer experience team and a range of over 120,000 products – partnering with NZ Safety Blackwoods allows you to leverage our scale, knowledge, and relationships with preferred suppliers to access the best products at the right price.

With our vast product range, long history of servicing all sectors of New Zealand, and extensive portfolio of specialist and technical services, we will work with you to design and implement end-to-end specialist solutions in order to meet your purchasing requirements, providing you with everything you need from a trusted single source supplier.

P: 0800 660 660 | E: