About us

The Business

BusinessBase is an ever-growing business offering bookkeeping and payroll services to clients throughout Marlborough. With up-to-date knowledge and fully trained staff we are able to offer you a professional, friendly and reliable service either from your premises or from our own offices - depending upon your needs.

Our services cover all aspects of bookkeeping, accounting, payroll and clerical work and are designed to create more time for you to expand your business or simply to take away the stress surrounding paperwork. Our staff are cross-trained to ensure a seamless experience for you, as there will always be two people familiar with your business and you will always have at least two contacts at BusinessBase.

BusinessBase offers either a complete or modular support service to meet the needs of companies, charities, sole-traders or individuals over a wide range of industries. We are committed, professional, affordable, approachable and it goes without saying that our service is confidential.

We have the technical expertise to ensure that your accounts are up to date throughout the year which ensures an easy transition into producing your annual Financial Statements and tax return. Because we keep your accounts current and up to date, you can monitor clearly where your business is at at all year round. 

We are proud to be certified members of both the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association and the Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand, providing added peace of mind for our clients.


We have over 10 years’ experience with various software programs including MYOB, Sage, PayHero and Xero – we are also certified Xero advisors. We are focused on ongoing professional development and are proactive in keeping up with growing technology, particularly cloud-based technology – reading voraciously and frequently attending training seminars. We are committed to ensuring that our clients are using the best and most appropriate system for their organisation.


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PayHero is payroll software that makes payday super easy, especially for companies with part time, casual, contract and variable hour staff.

  • Easily track hourly work with options for mobile timesheets, GPS or photo time clock.
  • Allow employees to request leave through the app that managers can approve from an email.
  • Solve your public holiday nightmare by automatically determining otherwise working days and entitlements.
  • Follow the latest Holidays Act guidance from MBIE and ensure compliant leave calculations, even when work patterns change. PayHero stores leave balances in Weeks and reviews employees’ recent work patterns when evaluating leave.
  • Assign payroll costs to the general ledger and tracking categories with deep Xero integration.
  • Automate your payday filing obligations with direct integration to Inland Revenue.

Meet the team

Meet our dynamic group of friendly professionals ready to help you and your business.


Debbie Fawcett

Debbie Fawcett / Business Owner

After training with the Association of Accounting Technicians (UK), Debbie worked in bookkeeping and accounts for three years before starting her own UK-based bookkeeping business. She qualified as “clerk to governing bodies”, which involved minute-taking and convening meetings and became Clerk to Board of Governors for three senior schools in the UK.

Debbie emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and took a job as accountant/accounts manager in Marlborough before again starting her own firm, Blenheim Bookkeeping Ltd (BBAC) in 2012, which changed its name to Business Base in 2019.

Debbie is a member of the NZPPA (New Zealand Payroll Practitioners Association) and has made it her mission to make sure our clients pay their people correctly and do not inadvertently fall foul of legislation.

Debbie is passionate about helping businesses understand their figures and about providing a tailored approach – recognising that no two businesses are the same, no two business owners are the same.

Debbie enjoys collaborating with local accountants, helping clients increase their financial literacy, or just taking care of it all for them.

Nicky Collingwood

Nicky Collingwood / Account Manager

Nicky holds a New Zealand Diploma of Business and has worked in accounts and bookkeeping for 20 years, the past five of which at Business Base.  Nicky loves rolling her sleeves up and helping people at the transactional level.

One of Nicky's great skills is relating well to all sorts of different people. She has worked in a number of different industries including hospitality, viticulture and civil construction. She has infinite drive and energy and loves a challenge. 

A software whiz, Nicky can get her head around any technical data or software. If you don't want to use Xero, she will learn new software to suit you.