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05 December 2017

Do you know what your (profitable) business really is?

By Stuart Hatcher Who would have thought that selling air travel to consumers could spawn a new line in selling air miles to business? It made me wonder how many businesses are really looking at where their profits come from and thinking about how their business model could be tweaked...

01 December 2017

Christmas gift ideas to ensure success for 2018 not just succession

Christmas is a time of year to think about loved ones. For those working in a family businesses, what better than to think of gift ideas to give the next generation, which will help support their journey into the business. A round the world ticket - so they can develop...

30 November 2017

Is your SME safe from hackers?

By Katy Turner Almost daily another company falls victim to a cyber attack. In the busy run up to Christmas, this is expected to increase as small businesses, including many in the retail sector, focus their efforts elsewhere. In this short video, Asam Malik, highlights what business owners should be...

24 November 2017

Blurred Lines: Project management for SMEs

By My Financepartner Big companies have people, specific teams, and funds for external providers to manage their project portfolios. But what can SMEs learn from this experience, and what should be considered when running projects in smaller businesses? Here are five things to look out for. Take a step back...

21 November 2017

Autumn Budget tax measures - could you decide?

By Rebecca Reading We're approaching Phil Hammond's first Autumn Budget. The Budget run-up is where people like me ponder what might be in store, and set out our predictions. But what would you do? We've just seen the 2017 edition of "Measuring the tax gaps", an HMRC study into whether...

17 November 2017

Autumn Budget - what's the big idea?

By Rebecca Reading The first post-election budget is normally a chance for a chancellor to raise tax, but the precariousness of the political landscape means Philip Hammond may have few options. Even if he wanted to table some big ideas, he needs to be careful. He probably needs to steer...

What could Brexit mean for staff mobility and finding the right skills?

Talking to my clients and colleagues, one of the top concerns for private businesses relating to Brexit is the potential impact on their people and employment pipelines. Finding the right staff and skills for jobs is a priority for businesses across the board, but it is especially crucial for small...

10 November 2017

How to unlock the cash you didn’t know you had

By Financepartner First things first, businesses don’t go bust because they run out of profit; they go bust because they run out of cash. So why do so many business owners struggle to stay on top of this? Allow me to explain where cash may be lurking in your business,...

09 November 2017

Looking for funding? What are your options?

By Richard Abrahams You’ve had help from all of your family and friends, you’ve exhausted the options of government grants and R&D tax credits and you’ve invested out of your own pocket. You’ve been through some of the initial growing pains, you’ve earned your spurs bootstrapping the business and now...

02 November 2017

The peculiarities of family businesses: How to establish a defined and balanced interaction between family and business?

By Maria Villax In family-owned businesses it is usually difficult to see where the family ends and the business starts. Major decisions are made following a conversation at dinner, work posts are created for family members instead of aiming at filling corporate needs, and the lack of established boundaries result...

21 September 2017

Why we’re helping FinTechs scale-up

PwC, CO:CUBED and Pine Brook launch SCALE: FinTech We’re excited to announce the launch of SCALE: FinTech in collaboration with Co:Cubed and private investment firm Pine Brook. This is part of a series of SCALE Programmes across the UK which open up PwC’s global network to high potential scale-ups. SCALE:...

20 September 2017

Next generation of family business leaders embracing digital change, but facing hurdles

75% of next gens believe it’s very important or essential to have a strategy fit for a digital age—but only 7% believe their firm is currently doing this well. 36% of next gens are often frustrated because the current generation does not fully understand the potential for digital and the...

15 September 2017

UK Private Business Awards crown winners for 2017

The UK Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, celebrate the best in the private sector and highlight the achievements of individuals and companies. The event recognises the importance of private companies to the UK economy and is attended by CEOs and entrepreneurs from every region of the UK. Churchill Retirement...

14 September 2017

There are two types of business when it comes to cyber

Written by Rob May I was at conference two years ago and the FBI were talking about cybersecurity. They made the statement that there are two types of business, those that have suffered a cyber-attack and those that will. A few months ago I was at another meeting and the...

04 September 2017

UK Private Business Awards 2017: International Business of the Year, sponsored by UBS

The UK Private Business Awards 2017: International Business of the Year are: Cennox, Childrensalon Cosworth Group Holdings Green Man Gaming Insights Learning & Development Misguided The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s strength across UK regions and industries. Finalists include...

21 August 2017

UK Private Business Awards 2017: High Growth Business of the Year, sponsored by Business Growth Fund

The UK Private Business Awards 2017: High Growth Business of the Year shortlist are: Cennox CV Library Infinity Works Mobica Parent Pay Uform The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s strength across UK regions and industries. Finalists include fashion, food,...

07 August 2017

UK Private Business Awards 2017: Technology Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Fox Williams LLP

The UK Private Business Awards 2017: Technology Innovation of the Year shortlist are: Carrot Risk Technologies Emblation Lightpoint Medical Limeforge Phrasee The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s strength across UK regions and industries. Finalists include fashion, food, financial services...

31 July 2017

UK Private Business Awards 2017: Family Business of the Year shortlist, sponsored by Family Business United

The UK Private Business Awards 2017: Family Business of the Year shortlist are: Castell Howell Foods The Entertainer Firmdale Hotels James Johnston & Co of Elgin JW Lees & Co (Brewers) Mash Direct The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s...

20 July 2017

Private business of the year: Shortlist

Bon Bon Buddies, Churchill Retirement Living, Firmdale Hotels, GreenTech Distribution, Miller Homes and True Potential are shortlisted for this years’ Private Business of the Year awards The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s strength across UK regions and industries. Finalists...

19 June 2017

PwC Future of Health - supporting innovative health and medtech start-ups as they scale

On Tuesday 6 June, PwC and UP Ventures brought the curtain down on their Future of Health programme with a London demo evening, to mark the finale of a 12 week journey supporting a cohort of innovative health and medtech start-ups as they scale across the North West and beyond....