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11 September 2014

Winners of 2014 UK Private Business Awards (The Diamonds) revealed

Want to start a successful business? Choose something you like and have fun. That was the message from Sir Stuart Rose, guest speaker at the annual UK Private Business Awards (The Diamonds) sponsored by PwC, in association with HSBC Private Bank and Numis, held at the Guildhall, London last night....

06 September 2014

Private Business Awards: Shining a light on the 2014 shortlist

The shortlist for the fourth annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, in association with HSBC Private Bank and Numis Securities, features some of the best and brightest private businesses in the UK. Drawn from over 1000 entries, 53 businesses have been shortlisted in 10 categories - but what makes...

02 September 2014

Your Business: Daily summary of SME and private business news

Sign up to our free, daily summary of SME and private business news. Your Business arrives by email before 8am each morning Monday - Friday - a comprehensive summary of news that matters to UK businesses including: market intelligence, business leads, regional news, news on funding opportunities, lending and government...

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 owners and businesses 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...

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...

03 August 2014

Private Business Awards 2014 – Shortlist

The Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC and in association with HSBC Private Bank and Numis Securities Ltd. is now in its fourth successful year. The awards are positioned to recognise success and achievement within the vast number of private businesses in the UK, and are presented to the UK’s...