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28 August 2015

William Dowsett

Will leads our Private Client practice in the Midlands. Will is a trusted adviser to many high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, advising on how they can have the optimum tax structure for both their business interests and investments, as well as how they plan for future succession. Will has...

Chris Romans

Chris leads our dedicated multi-disciplinary Private Business team in the Midlands. He has a wealth of experience in advising privately owned and family businesses on a wide spectrum of business and wider shareholder issues. Chris's specialist area is tax, with over 20 years experience in advising on UK and international...

19 August 2015

North West advisers lead on sale of Fullwood Packo Group

Advisers from corporate finance teams at PwC and DLA Piper in Manchester have advised the 230-year-old family business, Fullwood Packo Group on its sale to The Verder Group, a family-owned Dutch manufacturer. Stuart Warriner, PwC’s North West corporate finance leader, and Elia Montorio from DLA Piper, advised the shareholders of...

17 August 2015

My growth trampoline: the flipside of cash flow forecasting

You’ve heard the horror stories. Cash drying up is the most common killer of businesses; even profitable businesses with full order books. Less commonly discussed, is how good cash flow forecasting can be a springboard for growth. For me, cash flow forecasting is synonymous with a business maturing and understanding...

14 August 2015

SME Surgery: routes to funding your business

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q. What more innovative funding options are available to me to grow my business? Over the course of the last few years it’s true that many SMEs have struggled to get access to...

06 August 2015

Horizon 2020 offers SMEs the path to accelerated innovation with reduced risks

In January 2014 the European Commission in Brussels officially launched Horizon 2020, the EU's new funding programme for research and innovation, which will run until December 2020 and has a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion. The initiative is aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness and is part of the...

04 August 2015

Digital – business friend or business foe?

This is a message for all small businesses thinking about updating their systems and strategies for the digital age. Don’t put it off any longer. The scale and depth of change wrought by social media, cloud computing, smart phones and big data is hard to overstate. The way people communicate,...

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...

SMEs: 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...