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, Ace Payroll 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.

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.  

Sharon Fowles

Sharon Fowles - Bookkeeper–Payroll Administrator

With years of experience working for companies with large numbers of personnel, payroll is second nature to Sharon. Payday filing and client liaison are also her specialty. Sharon has also worked in a variety of industries, both here in Blenheim and in the North Island.

Sharon is a key member of the team when it comes to non-profit organisations, given her years of experience working with charities. She has an exceptional eye for detail and can unravel and reassemble the trickiest of puzzles! 

Helen Hogg

Helen Hogg / Accounts Administrator

Helen assists Debbie, takes control of the data entry, and coordinates our busy team. She is the one who will usually answer the phone and greet you when you come to our office.

Helen has a wealth of experience in accounts and administration in both wineries and the banking industry. Being a vineyard owner herself too, Helen has a great grasp of the wine industry.

Helen is extremely organised and helps us all to keep on track.

Asanthi Hemamali

Asanthi Hemamali - Accountant


Ashi completed a Graduate Diploma in professional accounting in 2018.  She holds a degree of Business Administration (Majoring in Finance).  She has completed a computerized accounting Diploma which includes QuickBooks & MYOB.

She has one year of experience on financial preparation, accounting standard and tax principals in New Zealand. She is also our compliance officer for Anti Money Laundering.

Ashi enjoys helping clients understand their accounts & what lies behind the numbers.

Ashi is of great value to our team.

Dianne Betts

Dianne Betts - Account Manager/Payroll

Dianne moved to New Zealand in December 2017 and joined the team in May 2018.  She has extensive experience in payroll having operated her own Payroll Bureau company in Australia.  She also has experience in Administration.  She has completed her Xero qualifications in both Accounting & Payroll.  She is also going to be our Payroll liason to update our clients on the important information on the employment of staff and keeping them up to date with their obligations.

Sonja Kruger

Sonja Kruger - Bookkeeper

Sonja has joined Business Base in September 2019.   Sonja has a certificate in bookkeeping and currently doing a diploma in Business Management Level 5 (Accounting).  Sonja enjoys working with the clients to make their life easier.