123 posts categorised "Private businesses"

18 January 2016

The best kept private business secret?

With a dedicated team focussed on private businesses, PwC’s Private Business (PB) practice in the Midlands has seen dramatic growth in its market share. Here are the ten best kept secrets about our PB practice and why more and more private business owners choose to trust us as their adviser...

Do you get maximum value from your management information?

By Ruth Chapman All businesses need management information (MI). As businesses grow the need for financial and other data, and its availability in a timely, useful and meaningful format, increases. The requirement to maintain meaningful MI will be an evolutionary process. Management needs will change, business direction may change and...

14 January 2016

De-mystifying alternative sources of finance

By Sajjad Hassam While established banks remain a key source of finance for private businesses, the emergence of alternative lenders and platforms for debt gives management teams a wider set of options to consider. The established banks are often the first port of call for finance directors and management teams...

13 January 2016

The satnav has been set for the Midlands Engine

By Chris Romans Within the wonderful setting of the new Bramall Music Building at The University of Birmingham, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, started up the Midlands Engine and set the satnav. Sajid made a passionate speech about how great the Midlands...

Can a successful entrepreneur afford not to have Non-Executive Directors?

By Neil Philpott Working with entrepreneurs, the mention of 'good corporate governance' can often be met with a glazing over of the eyes, a rapid change of conversation or just seen as an additional overhead. Whilst no-one in their right mind would suggest the corporate governance requirements of a FTSE...

The dust has settled on Autumn Statement announcements, so what does it all mean?

By William Dowsett What with Christmas, New Year and already dealing with your internal guilt of breaking your New Years' resolutions, the Autumn Statement probably feels like a long time ago. The Autumn Statement was combined with the Chancellor delivering the five year Comprehensive Spending Review (I'm pretty sure I...

29 December 2015

4-dimensional chess on a constantly moving board - welcome to tax planning for the family business

By Richard Farnsworth So you are a successful family business. Maybe first generation maybe many generations. Your core wealth is derived from the family company but over time you have diversified that wealth into other areas such as a nice family home, maybe some cars, investment property, holiday home abroad...

17 December 2015

Video: Chris Romans on the golden age of private business

Chris Romans, partner and head of private business at PwC in the Midlands discusses the challenges and opportunities for private businesses, and how they can achieve sustainable growth. Contact: Chris Romans Twitter: @chrisromans1

15 December 2015

Patent box – IP transfer deadline 31 December 2015

By Angela Browning Heading into the holiday season the last thing on your mind may be the patent box, but that definitely shouldn’t be the case. As discussed previously here and here we’re heading into a crucial time for patent box, and intellectual property as a whole. The patent box...

30 November 2015

PwC in the Midlands backs new industry cluster research at Silverstone Park

PwC has added its support to a new study into the concentration of high-performance technology and motorsport (HPT&M) businesses located around the world famous Silverstone motor racing circuit. The ‘Cluster Report’ is being led by MEPC, the asset manager and developer of Silverstone Park, which has over 70 current occupiers...

21 November 2015

A golden era for private business?

By Chris Romans, Midlands Private Business Leader I have had the pleasure of seeing private businesses grow in size, stature and confidence throughout my career. Many have come from humble beginnings and, with an awful lot of hard work, ambition and passion, have steadily grown to become iconic Midlands businesses....

17 November 2015

Will Dowsett on judging at the Family Business Awards 2015

By Will Dowsett What another great evening at the Midlands Family Business Awards, which we at PwC are so proud to sponsor. Where else do you get to discuss Speedos and sausages in the same conversation? Before you get carried away, I was sitting next to someone from Speedo and...

13 November 2015

Celebrating the successes of Midlands family business

By Chris Romans, Midlands Private Business Leader I was honoured when Charlotte Perkins and Annabel Prow from the Wilson Foundation asked me to join the judging team for the Family Business of the Year category in this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards. Our Midlands private business practice is proud to...

12 November 2015

Hot topics served up at PwC private business dinner

By Ruby Parmar, Head of Private Business in Milton Keynes and the South Midlands Our recent PwC private business dinner, attended by leaders from the region’s business community, served as another reminder of the wide-ranging challenges facing companies as they grow. Business strategy for growing private businesses was a key...

05 November 2015

HMRC and their approach to mid sized business

By David Francis, Tax Dispute Senior Manager One of the things I dreaded during my eight years as a Tax Inspector was the topic of what I did for a living when introducing myself to people. After a number of times of saying my official title Her Majesty’s Tax Inspector...

26 October 2015

Family Businesses: Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

By Will Dowsett When The Who’s most recognisable song was released in 1965, the baby boomer generation was in full swing. Since then we’ve had Generation X and Y, and now have the Millennials. I am often asked what this means for businesses and, in particular, long standing family businesses?For...

29 September 2015

Midlands companies Motorpoint, First Utility and Joules - finalists in UK Private Business Awards

Derby company Motorpoint and Warwick based First Utility in the running for High Growth Business. Leicestershire based Tom Joule, founder and CEO of Joules, shortlisted for CEO of the Year. This year, the Private Business Awards (PBAs) received 2,000 entries from private businesses across the UK. The winners will be...

17 September 2015

Ensuring the family business does not fail for family reasons

By Will Dowsett “Family businesses generally fail for family reasons” was a key comment that emerged from interviews with over 2,000 family businesses as part of PwC’s latest Family Business Survey. Why is that and what can be done to avoid it? While the survey found that nearly three quarters...

08 July 2015

Summer Budget 2015: Private business outcomes

Following the Chancellor's Conservative Summer Budget announcement, Nick Farr looks at how it will impact on private business and some of the key outcomes.

29 June 2015

PwC calls on fast growing family businesses in the Midlands to showcase their success

Fast growing family businesses in the Midlands are being urged to showcase their achievements in the 2015 Midlands Family Business Awards. Sponsored by PwC's My Financepartner, the Fastest Growing Family Business Award is one of ten categories in the region's only independent Awards for family businesses and their owners. The...