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01 September 2014

New HMRC powers: pay now and try your case later

HMRC’s new Accelerated Payment Notices have changed the rules for defending HMRC challenges on tax avoidance arrangements. From July any business with an arrangement with a DOTAS number and an open enquiry may now receive a notice. You will be required to pay the tax in dispute within 90 days....

15 August 2014

SME Surgery: Fraud - prevention is better than the cure

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How do I protect my business against fraud? You can’t. Not 100%. It is an irksome fact of business life that, at some point, fraud will be attempted or perpetrated on your...

The services sector is the powerhouse of the UK economic recovery

The UK economy grew by 3.2% in three months to the end of June, slightly ahead of the provisional estimate of 3.1%, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), released today. ONS says that the UK economic growth is at a six-year high and has recovered beyond...

08 August 2014

SME Surgery: tips for getting media coverage

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q How do I get media coverage for my product or service? The first challenge to this question is to check why you want it and whether it is for the right reasons?...

06 August 2014

Family firm crowned West of England’s Business of the Year 2014

Family owned E.W Beard has been crowned this year’s winner of the prestigious West of England’s Business of the Year 2014 in the over £25m turnover category. With offices in Swindon, Oxford and Guildford, Beard has been providing customers with innovative solutions to complex construction needs for over 100 years....

04 August 2014

Entrepreneurs' Survey 2014

Welcome to our Entrepreneurs' Survey 2014. Nabarro and PwC have teamed up to find out more about start-up businesses across the whole of the UK. We want to know how your region has served you in terms of helping you to start, staff and run your business. We would be...

31 July 2014

SME Surgery: tips for buying or selling a business

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How do I prepare a business for sale? So you want to sell your business? If it’s successful and profitable, you’re probably already on the radar of key players in the market....

28 July 2014

PwC supports the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards

This is the 9th year PwC has been involved in the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards and over this time we seen how past entrants and winners have grown and developed, and their stories make us feel proud to be part of the Yorkshire business community. In this short...

23 July 2014

SME Surgery: how to get ahead of the game

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How do I stay ahead in my chosen market? If you’ve started a successful business then at some point you’ve already had a brainwave or worked out a way of applying an...

15 July 2014

SME Surgery: are you looking to grow internationally?

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. What are the commercial challenges for making a business international? Making a business truly international does in part depend on your chosen industry. If, for example, you have a web-based business, then...

11 July 2014

The search is on for private businesses for the Yorkshire Post Awards 2014

The search is on for the brightest and the best companies in Yorkshire for the Yorkshire Post's annual Excellence in Business Awards. Gemma Clark, PwC's private business leader in Yorkshire is encouraging the region's private businesses and entrepreneurs to enter so we can recognise and celebrate companies who are leading...

08 July 2014

SME Surgery: managing your workforce

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. What should I do if I feel my business partner or co-founder is not pulling their weight? This is a common complaint and one that often arises when businesses start to make...

02 July 2014

Private Businesses driving the regional economy: spotlight on the North West

Hazel Macnamara, North West assurance partner and private business specialist shares a summary of the NW private business sector and highlights some of the businesses doing great things for the region and sector. For more information please contact Hazel Macnamara Email: hazel.macnamara@uk.pwc.com Tel: 0161 245 2063. Follow @hazelmac74

30 June 2014

SME Surgery: new product development - getting buyers' attention.

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How do I convince customers to see the potential of new ideas? This is a common question from start-ups and SMEs. Converting some customers is easy; others can be set in their...

23 June 2014

SME Surgery: Engaging with your customers

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How should I be thinking about engaging with customers? How you’re going to engage with customers at different stages of your business development is a crucial part of your plans and I...