BLACKSLATE & BFA are joining forces

We are looking forward to what 2019 brings and to kick things off we have some exciting news to share. We are pleased to announce that BLACKSLATE Chartered Accountants and BFA – Taupo based Accountants and Business Advisors, are joining forces.


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BLACKSLATE is a Rotorua based practice that provides annual accounts and tax returns along with credible cash forecasts and smart budgets. We can develop business plans and liaise with clients’ banks along with offering business coaching and strategic planning.

The BLACKSLATE brand was launched in 2018, although our story and tight-knit team came together much earlier. The business really began in 2000 when Peter Spurdle went out on his own. In 2015, Peter sold the business to Craig Kilmister who has since taken up the challenge of moving this well-established business forward.

BLACKSLATE has a current team of seven staff. You can find out more by going to


About BFA

BFA are Business Advisors and Accountants based in Taupo. They offer professional services in the areas of accounting and tax, along with specialist industry knowledge in multiple areas, along with expertise in business advice.

BFA are platinum partners with Xero, which means they are the forefront of assisting clients implement technology, change management and other management information systems.

Along with this, they can provide a detailed range of HR solutions ranging from payroll, employment agreements, recruitment and performance management.

BFA formed 25 years ago and has a team of thirty-two staff. You can find out more about BFA by going to


Why is BLACKSLATE joining with BFA?

We realise that our clients need much more than what we can currently provide, due to the relatively small size of our team. Business is moving faster and with the advent of cloud-based systems and we need to stay current in order to maintain our high standard of delivery.

By joining forces with BFA, this will allow us not only time, but also a wider range of services enabling our clients to grow and succeed. We will tap into the combined resources of both BFA and BLACKSLATE.

BFA and BLACKSLATE share similar values. We want to create business success together with our clients working with smart people, to create smart business, and then smart outcomes.

Why is BFA joining with BLACKSLATE?

Having built the practice over the last 25 years, BFA has gained extensive knowledge, experience and expertise in a wide range of industries ranging from SME’s to iwi based organisations and international companies.

Access to a larger geographical region is a logical step for BFA to enable us to grow whilst still being committed to our cornerstone values, which is working with pro-active smart people to create business success. BLACKSLATE fits with our values.

By merging with BLACKSLATE we have made a commitment to provide the same level of professionalism to all clients, and we are excited about being part of the future business growth opportunities in Rotorua, and the wider Bay of Plenty region.


What does this mean for BLACKSLATE clients?

All key relationships will remain the same, however for BLACKSLATE clients we hope to have more time to deliver a wider range of services to you. BLACKSLATE will join forces with other key members of BFA to find solutions to any problems and develop strategies for your success. We are excited about sharing the potential of the BLACKSLATE business, and in turn the potential of the clients that we work with.


We look forward to working with you

Thanks for making the time to talk to us today. We have enclosed a little more information about the BFA business and the team. We look forward to continuing to work with you and are excited about the future opportunities.