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31 March 2015

Working Capital

By Tony Price If there’s one piece of business advice that can be described as a (sometimes forgotten) golden rule, it’s that companies must manage their working capital. Working capital is the money you need to run your businesses and is based on the following concept that nonetheless escapes many...

26 March 2015

Dear Mr Lemon, someone has stolen your data

On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted our offices and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you change the password...

24 March 2015

RIP to the tax return?

By Gordon Singer, personal tax partner at PwC in Yorkshire In last week's Budget, the Chancellor dropped the bombshell that self assessment tax returns will be replaced by a new online digital tax account by the year 2020. In the UK, around 12 million people currently complete a tax return...

18 March 2015

Budget 2015: - The impact for private business and SMEs

Nick Farr, a Partner in our private business practice looks at how the budget announcement could impact private business and SMEs Contact Nick on Tel: 01727 892211 or Email: nick.farr@uk.pwc.com

Budget 2015: The impact for smaller businesses

Nick Farr, private business partner at PwC, said: "The government has benefited from favourable headwinds, particularly falling inflation and continued low-interest rates. Is it the right answer to use the fruits of this to pay down the national debt, or should the purse strings be loosened to allow investment in...

13 March 2015

Budget 2015 – PwC predictions on property

Following the 2014 Autumn Statement reform of Stamp Duty, there’s a chance the reforming zeal could extend to Council Tax. It’s a particularly sensitive area though – while the council tax bands are long due an update, the Government may be wary of another hit on expensive properties following the...

12 March 2015

Budget 2015 – PwC predictions on personal tax

With his last budget before May’s General Election, George Osborne will be looking to strike a difficult balance between championing the government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility on one hand, and enticing prospective voters with something extra in their pockets on the other. The Budget presents a crucial final opportunity for...

PwC predictions: The Chancellor's Budget 2015

With his last budget before May’s General Election, George Osborne will be looking to strike a difficult balance between championing the government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility on one hand, and enticing prospective voters with something extra in their pockets on the other. The Budget presents a crucial final opportunity for...

Celebrating the best Manchester companies - MEN Awards 2015

The 2015 Manchester Evening News Awards have launched today, 12 March 2015, to celebrate the region’s best companies. The awards, which are now in their 22nd year, recognise excellence in businesses of all sizes and sectors, from long-established multi-nationals, entrepreneurial private businesses, through to start-ups. Entry forms can be found...

11 March 2015

Economic Outlook: Digital evolution acts as catalyst for regional growth

6% of UK workers (10% in central London) are doing jobs that did not exist in 1990, mostly linked to new digital technologies. London has been the strongest driver of this trend, but there has been gradual regional convergence over the past decade. The proportion of workers in new types...

Oil price could boost GDP and employment

The significant fall in oil prices since mid-2014 should increase overall UK economic activity, according to PwC's latest UK Economic Outlook report, launched 11 March 2015. In a scenario where the oil price settles at just $50 per barrel, this could boost the level of GDP by around 1% on...

09 March 2015

How to bag a business angel

Q. First things first, what is a business angel? Business angel: noun an investor in a business venture, esp one in its early stages Also called angel investor Mentor: noun 1. a wise or trusted adviser or guide, verb 2. to act as a mentor to (someone); train http://dictionary.reference.com Business...

05 March 2015

CEO Survey - Private companies: Key findings

View the survey findings. To receive all of the latest news and insight direct to yor inbox, register here. For more information please contact Suzi Woolfson Contact me: Tel: +44 (0)207 213 5030, Email Suzi Follow @suzildavis

02 March 2015

Newcastle’s Pink Boutique signs up to PwC’s My Financepartner

Newcastle based Pink Boutique has signed up to PwC’s recently launched cloud-based accounting service My Financepartner, to support the company’s continued growth and international expansion. The fashion retailer was set up by 26 year old Alice Blackie in 2012 with just £90, and over the last two years has grown...

25 February 2015

Business as usual is private companies’ biggest threat

More risks but more opportunities for reward have private company leaders feeling optimistic about their prospects for the year ahead, according to research among more than 700 private company CEOs as part of PwC’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey. Nearly 60% of private company leaders say they face more threats...

21 February 2015

Alternative Finance – The awkward years

Alternative Finance has had a flying start with a rich variety of business models and providers forming a vibrant UK scene. Like any fast-growing businesses though, they’ll face challenges as they grow. Undoubtedly, the sector is gathering momentum. £1.74bn was originated last year: nearly three times the level of the...

12 February 2015

Dump the spreadsheets – meet My Financepartner

Back in the summer, Richard Branson blogged the result of a Bloomberg report, which found that 8 out of 10 companies fail within 18 months of opening for business. What’s more, said Branson, while there is no hard and fast rule that distinguishes the two-in-ten businesses that survive from those...

02 February 2015

Employment tax: a reminder of what comes into effect in 2015

Following the delivery of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, we wanted to provide you with a reminder of the employment tax topics that featured and that will come into effect during 2015. Personal allowance: The personal allowance will be increased by a further £100 in 2015-16 to £10,600. In addition, the...

30 January 2015

Slowdown in China - opportunities and threats for procurement

Comment by Tom Woodham, FCIPS, Director at PwC The continued economic slowdown shown in China’s 2014 GDP data, offers both opportunities and threats for procurement professionals. PwC’s annual Global CEO Survey, published at Davos in January 2015, shows that the US has overtaken China as CEOs’ most important growth market....

19 January 2015

Private Business Awards: Does your business have what it takes to become a winner?

Nominations are now open for the 2015 UK Private Business Awards, a national programme in it's fifth year, that celebrates the contribution private businesses make to their communities and the UK economy. Enter the 2015 awards The UK Private Business Awards is sponsored by PwC, to seek to recognise the...