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Matthew Stokes

Principal - Business Advisory and consulting


Bachelor of Commerce/Science
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants


Matt is one of our four Business Advisory managers.

Matt looks after a portfolio of SMEs across a wide range of industries. He provides services such as: individual and corporate taxation advice, FBT and GST advice, business and tax structuring advice, accounting and cash flow analysis and general business guidance.

Matt's expertise in developing Excel based forecasting and modelling tools, helps businesses grow and understand their future needs.

Matt says, "One of the things I really enjoy about my job is developing long-term relationships with my clients."

When out
of the office

Interests

Reading
Spending time with his wife and daughters

Matt really values the time he gets with his family. He and his wife are keen walkers, and with a young family the pace is often not very fast, but it is always enjoyable.

Taking time to slow down and reading a good book is one of Matt's favourite things.

Favourite Holiday Destination:

Matt puts it this way, "I don't really have a favourite. As long as it is somewhere quiet."

Matthew Stokes's' Articles

Could your business survive without you?

If you want your business to thrive in the marketplace on a long-term basis and to be of enduring value, you need to ensure that its success is not dependant on any one individual. In many small to medium sized businesses, that one individual is often the owner. The most effective way you can protect […]

Don’t give up your day job

Most small business owners start out in salaried employment and then pursue an idea or opportunity that arises. As a result, there can be a fast transition from a steady income which regularly pays the bills to a cash dependent business with no returns to the owner. If you have employment, explore the options of […]

Keep records and understand what they mean

Record keeping is not done just to keep the ATO happy. If done properly it will give you the information necessary to run your business successfully. Accounting programs such as MYOB or Xero are ideal for small businesses, but if records are not your thing you should consider engaging a bookkeeper for a few hours […]

Think twice about signing a 3 year lease

We have seen a number of startup businesses that have signed up for a shop lease on commencement of the business, only to find that sales did not eventuate as planned. If the business closes, the obligations to pay for rent will continue until another tenant can be found. This can add several months rent […]

Think twice about buying that BMW

Many small business owners seek to buy a prestige vehicle as a reward for their hard work and to show that they have been successful. Buying a motor vehicle in your business name can be effective but only if you can demonstrate a high level of business usage for that vehicle. All of the private […]