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29 July 2015

Powerful women in the City: PwC’s Private Business leader enters at No. 41

Today (28 July 2015), City AM published the most influential women in finance and business in London. PwC’s Private Business leader, Suzi Woolfson entered at number forty one on the list which celebrates a range of successful leaders from some of the UK’s top company boardrooms. The list, compiled by...

28 July 2015

Passionate about Private Business - An interview with Hassle.com

By Brian Henderson In my role leading our Fast Growth Companies programme, it doesn’t take long on any particular day for me to encounter people with passion. Anyone involved with entrepreneurial and fast growing companies in the UK tech and media sectors has to have a passionate belief in the...

SME's: Understanding the true impact of the National Living Wage on your business

The Living Wage has been growing in popularity over the last two years and there are now more than 1,600 employers who are accredited as paying the Living Wage. The Chancellor’s announcement in his Summer Budget in July 2015, to pay a premium above the current National Minimum Wage, for...

27 July 2015

Celebrating Private Businesses in the North West

The strength of North West private businesses has been recognised with three firms from the region all making the national shortlist for this year's UK Private Business Awards. Northwich based bakery, Frank Roberts & Sons, has been shortlisted in the family business of the year category. The business was set...

20 July 2015

Business blockbusters (and their limitations)

You’re in a bookshop at the airport and find yourself drawn to the business section. These days, business books look more like thrillers than ‘how-to’ manuals. Marvel at the viewpoints from all those clever people, so beautifully designed and produced. Good business books contain insights and original thinking. But if...

Against the Grain: How two entrepreneurs outsmarted their business rivals and built billion-pound companies

We are delighted to announce details of an exclusive evening on Tuesday 8 September, to celebrate Private Business in the region. Hosted by PwC alongside Manchester Business School and The Sunday Times who are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries. Dominic O’Connell, Business editor of The Sunday Times, will chair the...

16 July 2015

New UK GAAP Workshop: Transition to FRS 101 & FRS102 - Impact assessment

We are delighted to invite you to our New UK GAAP business workshop on 4 August 2015 where we will provide updates and guidance on the transition to new UK GAAP. For UK GAAP reporters the new accounting framework represents a big change. For accounting periods beginning on or after...

13 July 2015

Creating a hub for innovative skills

In our series of videos focused on private businesses, Alice Blackie, CEO and founder of Newcastle based Pink Boutique talks about setting up a private business and wanting to create a hub for innovative skills especially e-commerce. Pink Boutique is a fast-growing online fashion retailer, based in the North East...

08 July 2015

Budget 2015: Impact on Private Businesses

Today (8 July 2015) was the first Conservative budget in 18 years and the Chancellor was obviously determined to make it a memorable one. Many of the changes for private businesses and their owner, were pre-trailed but there were a couple of surprises. The changes at the corporate level will...

Budget 2015: PwC comments on personal tax measures

Adam Waller, personal tax partner at PwC in the North West, said: "While not as radical as the Chancellor made it out to be, the Budget was a thank you to middle England for coming out to vote in May. Liberated from the coalition, the chancellor rewarded his core voters...

Budget 2015: Entrepreneurs lose out from changes to tax on dividends (tax rate increases by nearly a quarter)

Commenting on the changes to the taxation of dividends, Alex Henderson, tax partner at PwC, says: "The changes to the taxation of dividends remove the final vestiges of the system introduced in the early 70's where a credit was given for tax paid by the company. The system aimed to...

Summer Budget 2015: Implications for Private Businesses

Follow our Budget coverage and the implications for Private Businesses here. We will be updating this blog throughout the afternoon. Our analysis Private Business implications Entrepreneurs lose out from changes to tax on dividends (tax rate increases by nearly a quarter ) Personal tax measures Headlines from the #SummerBudget “We...

30 June 2015

PwC predictions for the #SummerBudget 2015

The summer Budget is the first real opportunity for the Chancellor to put his mark on the nation's finances, unconstrained by coalition negotiations. Big focuses are likely to include decentralisation and regional investment, and boosting productivity by supporting innovation, skills and technology. This is the time to set any major...

Summer Budget 2015: Likely implications for Private Businesses

We ask Private Businesses what they would like the Chancellor to address in his Budget announcement, including the impact of the Northern Powerhouse, Devolution, NIC, triple lock rate, income tax, restricting pensions relief and corporation tax. What would you like to see? Share your comments below. You can follow our...

29 June 2015

Celebrating Private Businesses in the North West

The strength of North West private businesses has been recognised with three firms from the region all making the national shortlist for this year's UK Private Business Awards. Northwich based bakery, Frank Roberts & Sons, has been shortlisted in the family business of the year category. The business was set...

19 June 2015

Financial visibility will set SMEs free

Today, UK businesses have more options than ever when it comes to raising finance. But lenders are finding it difficult to get the information they need from SMEs to approve loans at affordable rates. To give your application the best chance, you need to know your numbers and make sure...

17 June 2015

What ONS Labour Market data means for UK plc

Employment levels are rising, unemployment numbers are tumbling and salaries are going up in real terms. On 17 June, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released the most positive Labour Market figures of recent times. Does this signal the end of the UK’s employment worries? Commenting on the labour market...

Getting a mortgage? Tax calculation references now available online

By Penny Lupton, PwC's tax team in Newcastle It is increasingly common for mortgage providers to request full details of an applicant’s income and expenditure in the year beyond their basic salary. Until recently mortgage providers would frequently ask to see copies of a taxpayer’s Form SA302. This is an...

05 June 2015

Private Business Awards 2015 shortlist revealed

PwC in association with HSBC Private Bank and The Supper Club – are proud to announce the shortlist for the fifth annual UK Private Business Awards. The finalists have been selected from the hundreds of entries received from private businesses across the UK. UK Private Business Awards 2015 - Shortlisted...

03 June 2015

Search is on for Yorkshire's best companies

The Yorkshire Post has today, 2 June 2015, launched its flagship enterprise initiative and is calling on the region’s leading small, medium and large companies to enter the 2015 Excellence in Business Awards. Now in the tenth year, PwC has been involved in the awards since their inception and is...