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26 November 2014

Could your business benefit from grant funding?

Many companies today find themselves financially constrained and unable to make business investments at the right time to allow them to expand their operations. Traditional funding routes, such as banks and other funders, can prove costly and take time. One option that should always be considered when looking at potential...

Could your business benefit from grant funding?

Many companies today find themselves financially constrained and unable to make business investments at the right time to allow them to expand their operations. Traditional funding routes, such as banks and other funders, can prove costly and take time. One option that should always be considered when looking at potential...

23 November 2014

UK economy recovering at a relatively strong rate

Our latest UK Economic Outlook, which we launch three times a year, was released this month and has some interesting findings for the UK. Below is a summary of the report, which can be downloaded at the end of this article. Consumer spending growth has been boosted over the past...

20 November 2014

Accelerus signs up to PwC’s cloud-based accounting service, My Financepartner

Manchester based business growth specialists, Accelerus, is one of the first companies in the region to sign up to PwC’s recently launched, cloud-based accounting service My Financepartner. Accelerus was set up in September 2013 by Steve Benger, to provide businesses with industry experts to help them grow and succeed. His...

16 November 2014

Holiday from hell for many businesses following holiday pay ruling

John Harding, pay expert and partner at PwC looks at the implications of the new holiday pay ruling, what it means in practice and how it may affect start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses. Under EU law, workers are entitled to four weeks' holiday pay a year but there were...

07 November 2014

Understanding Alternative Finance

The alternative finance industry is quickly becoming an important part of the UK economy. The innovative, technology led approach has improved access to finance for SMEs and seems to be having a positive impact on social and charitable enterprises. We are therefore delighted to be supporting Nesta and the University...

05 November 2014

PwC sponsors Seedcamp — accelerator for fast-growth enterprises

PwC has become a sponsor of Seedcamp – the investment fund that supports and accelerates startups from the pre-seed and seed capital stage. PwC will also offer its new cloud-based accounting service for SMEs, My Financepartner, to this September’s Seedcamp intake. My Financepartner was recently launched by PwC and is...

31 October 2014

SME Surgery: How to appoint specialists and manage advisers

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How do I appoint specialists and manage advisers? Early stage businesses typically need help in looking after most areas of finance, tax and HR, amongst other things. Such resources can be informal,...

30 October 2014

PwC and Santander Masterclass for Growing Private Businesses

As part of the Santander Breakthrough Scheme, PwC My Financepartner is hosting a Masterclass on 4 November 2014, designed specifically for the CEOs/Owner-Managers of growth orientated private businesses. The three main objectives of the Masterclass are: To inform: share the current trends and experiences PwC My Financepartner has with growing...

16 October 2014

The Challenge of Business Growth

Suzanne Houghton of PwC’s My Financepartner outlines the challenges of business growth. Growing a business is never easy. Some say that the difficulty of creating the processes necessary to be able to sustain a business beyond say 10 or 20 employees explains why so few companies make it. There are...