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03 December 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: Measures for small businesses

Following the Autumn Statement, PwC comments on measures for small businesses. Alex Henderson, tax partner at PwC, said: "Small businesses might be excused for feeling like the Cinderella part of the economy in recent Budgets and Autumn Statements, waiting to go to the ball. Two big concerns for small businesses...

Business Rate changes means many happy shopkeepers

Responding to the Chancellor's announcement on Business Rates today, Brian Henderson, private business partner at PwC, said: "The Autumn Statement has provided further support for SME's following on from the raft of measures announced last year. "As predicted, the annual inflationary increase will again be pegged at 2% for the...

Autumn Statement 2014 and the impact on the regions

In response to the Chancellor’s announcements on small business support, road and rail improvements and the North science hub, Stephanie Hyde, PwC Executive Board member and head of regions, commented: "Small and medium businesses, the majority of which are outside London, have three things on the top of their wishlist:...

26 November 2014

Could your business benefit from grant funding?

Many companies today find themselves financially constrained and unable to make business investments at the right time to allow them to expand their operations. Traditional funding routes, such as banks and other funders, can prove costly and take time. One option that should always be considered when looking at potential...

23 November 2014

UK economy recovering at a relatively strong rate

Our latest UK Economic Outlook, which we launch three times a year, was released this month and has some interesting findings for the UK. Below is a summary of the report, which can be downloaded at the end of this article. Consumer spending growth has been boosted over the past...

20 November 2014

Accelerus signs up to PwC’s cloud-based accounting service, My Financepartner

Manchester based business growth specialists, Accelerus, is one of the first companies in the region to sign up to PwC’s recently launched, cloud-based accounting service My Financepartner. Accelerus was set up in September 2013 by Steve Benger, to provide businesses with industry experts to help them grow and succeed. His...

16 November 2014

Holiday from hell for many businesses following holiday pay ruling

John Harding, pay expert and partner at PwC looks at the implications of the new holiday pay ruling, what it means in practice and how it may affect start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses. Under EU law, workers are entitled to four weeks' holiday pay a year but there were...

07 November 2014

Understanding Alternative Finance

The alternative finance industry is quickly becoming an important part of the UK economy. The innovative, technology led approach has improved access to finance for SMEs and seems to be having a positive impact on social and charitable enterprises. We are therefore delighted to be supporting Nesta and the University...

05 November 2014

PwC sponsors Seedcamp — accelerator for fast-growth enterprises

PwC has become a sponsor of Seedcamp – the investment fund that supports and accelerates startups from the pre-seed and seed capital stage. PwC will also offer its new cloud-based accounting service for SMEs, My Financepartner, to this September’s Seedcamp intake. My Financepartner was recently launched by PwC and is...

31 October 2014

SME Surgery: How to appoint specialists and manage advisers

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. How do I appoint specialists and manage advisers? Early stage businesses typically need help in looking after most areas of finance, tax and HR, amongst other things. Such resources can be informal,...