93 posts categorised "Private businesses"

14 November 2014

Innovation at Mereway wins at the Midlands Family Business Awards

Innovation at the height of the recession has won Birmingham’s Mereway Kitchens a top prize in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards. Founded in1986 and employing nearly 200 staff, second generation family business Mereway Kitchens has won the coveted Business Innovation Award 2014. The manufacturer of high quality kitchen furniture,...

15 October 2014

Family Business Survey 2014 - ‘Head and heart’: Professionalising the family business

Click here to download the full report There was one word that came up again and again in this year’s PwC Family Business Survey, and that was ‘professionalise’. The economic climate remains tough and global megatrends like the digital revolution are making the business landscape more volatile and competitive than...

Family Business Survey 2014 - New technology and the family firm: Are we seeing a new digital divide?

Click here to download the full report In this year’s 17th Annual Global CEO survey, 81% of those questioned cited technological advances as one of the top three global trends most likely to transform their business over the next five years. According to our 2014 Family Business Survey, that figure...

UK family businesses are emerging from recession but long term growth depends on professionalising their operations

Three quarters of UK family firms have reported growth over the last 12 months, but a third (30%) agree that professionalising their businesses is key over the next five years, says a new report published by PwC today. The report, The Family Factor: Professionalising the UK Family Firm, finds that,...

14 October 2014

Family Business Survey 2014 - Planning to succeed: Succession planning in family firms

Click here to download the full report There’s an old saying in business that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Nowhere is this truism truer than for the family firm as it approaches the moment when the business passes from one generation to the next. Only 12%...

13 October 2014

PwC launches new accounting service to support small and medium sized businesses

PwC in the Midlands has launched My Financepartner, a new accounting service that helps small and medium sized businesses get the professional support and financial insight they need to secure future growth. The service has been designed specifically for smaller businesses, funded start-ups and more established companies that are on...

29 September 2014

RECORDED WEBCAST: Family Business webcast 15 October

If you missed our live interactive webcast for the launch of our 2014 Global Family Business Survey results you can watch the recorded version here. Background The discussion was moderated by PwC Family Business representatives: Sian Steele, UK Family Business Leader and Henrik Steinbrecher, Global Network Middle Market Leader along...

12 September 2014

The Genuine Gemstone Company wins national Private Business Award

Picture shows (left to right): Naga Munchetty, awards presenter; Etienne Bottari, Head of Corporate Finance, Numis; Ruby Parmar, Partner, PwC, Head of Private Business (Tax); Dan Howlett, Head of Corporate Banking UK, HSBC Commercial Bank; Paula Bennett (Director of Jewellery Maker), Steve Bennett (CEO and Gem Hunter), Sarah Bennett (Jewellery...

05 September 2014

Your Business: Daily summary of SME and private business news

Sign up to our free, daily summary of SME and private business news. Your Business arrives by email before 8am each morning Monday - Friday - a comprehensive summary of news that matters to UK businesses including: market intelligence, business leads, regional news, news on funding opportunities, lending and government...

04 September 2014

Innovative family businesses short-listed in regional awards

A total of 45 family businesses and advisers have been short-listed in 10 categories in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards, the region’s only not-for-profit independent Awards for family businesses and their owners. The 28 family businesses from the East Midlands and 17 from the West Midlands now prepare to...

27 July 2014

Are performance ratings heading towards extinction?

By Alastair Woods There’s a growing school of thought that our traditional tools for managing employee performance are outdated and in need of a radical reboot. Some of heaviest criticism has been aimed at performance ratings and forced rankings - those bastions of the annual appraisal process. At the heart...

18 July 2014

Proposed changes to the EU Pensions Directive

Key issues and deadlines The EC has published the draft for a revision of the EU Pensions Directive The changes will put the role of lay trustees into doubt, put formal risk management centre stage and promote more scrutiny of providers’ fees On 27 March the European Commission published the...

Pay: what goes up must come down

Key issues and deadlines Are the forces shaping executive pay here to stay? More regulation is tending to dampen pay; and simpler pay packages are reducing pay too UK executive pay has doubled since the millennium But in the last two years, bonuses to FTSE100 chief executives have fallen and...

Equipped for the future: Re-inventing your organisation

Most financial services businesses are organised and run for a marketplace that is fast disappearing. How can you make sure your business is equipped to compete? Customer expectations are defined by the digital experience, brand value is determined by conversing on social media and customers are open to switching providers...

11 July 2014

Latest UK Economic Outlook: July 2014

After a period of generally disappointing growth in 2011 and 2012, the UK economy showed clear signs of recovery during 2013 and we expect this to continue in 2014-15. All major industry sectors and regions are now showing positive growth trends. Given these projections, the UK could overtake France, to...

26 June 2014

Innovative family businesses given chance to shine

Midlands’ family businesses with an innovative flair when it comes to developing a new product or service are being urged to showcase their achievements in the regions only independent Awards for family firms. The Business Innovation Award is one of ten in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards, the regions...

23 June 2014

Support functions: time to think differently

Are your support services delivering enough value? Our analysis shows you how they can. Contact details: Email: Steve Fraser Tel: +44 (0) 121 265 5077

10 June 2014

Three Midlands companies shortlisted for national Private Business Awards 2014

The Private Business Awards 2014 shortlist features three Midlands businesses that all demonstrate a focus on entrepreneurship and use of emerging business models The Genuine Gemstone Company, based in Redditch, is shortlisted for two awards – ‘International Business of the Year’ and ‘Private Business Woman of the Year’ The founders...

06 May 2014

Guest blog: Midlands Family Business Awards - Going for gold

PwC in the Midlands is a category sponsor of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2014, the region’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses, their leaders and advisers. The awards launched on Thursday 1 May, with events in both the East and West Midlands. Hilary Campton, Creative Director of The...

28 April 2014

My Financepartner: Working as your business partner

My Financepartner is a new accounting service that supports growing businesses to get and use the information that they need, when they need it. As the economy returns to better times, quality financial information is essential for the growth and direction of your business. Through the recent recession, many businesses...