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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 or T: @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...

19 June 2014

Six degrees of generation: bridging the family business gap

The next generation of family business leaders have big ideas for change and growth: 88% say they have to work harder than others to ‘prove themselves’ And 59% say gaining the respect of their co-workers is biggest challenge Report identifies three gaps to bridge for family businesses: generation; credibility; communication....

16 June 2014

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...

12 June 2014

Language Connect translates from start-up into success

Welcome to our spotlight on a Private Business, we talked to Ben Taylor about what inspired him to set up Language Connect with Iwona Stepien from a studio flat in South London. He shares the formative experiences which have helped them on their successful journey so far. Language Connect delivers...

09 June 2014

SME Surgery: strategy and investment tips for SMEs and start-ups

By Brian Henderson Brian Henderson is head of PwC’s fast-growth company programme and a private business specialist. Q What should I think about before starting up? Many things. But here are three of the most important: Your strategy - how will your business make money over and above your initial...

03 June 2014

Open for entries: The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2014

Companies of all shapes and sizes in Yorkshire are being urged to enter the Yorkshire Post Execellence in Business Awards 2014, which is in its 8th year. There are eleven categories in total: Companies with a turnover up to £10m Companies with a turnover between £10m and £50m Companies with...

23 May 2014

An increase in R&D tax credits available for SMEs and larger companies

The Government have set aside approximately £1.5bn per year for companies they deem to be undertaking qualifying R&D activities. Companies can claim cash repayments of up to 33% of the qualifying R&D expenditure. For small companies The R&D tax credits available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been substantially...

29 April 2014

Open for entries: MEN Business of the Year Awards 2014

Companies of all shapes and sizes in the North West are being urged to enter the 2014 MEN Business of the Year Awards, which is in its 21st year. There are six categories in total: Turnover Over £100m; Turnover Between £50m-£100m; Turnover Between £25m-£50m; Turnover Between £10-£25m; Turnover Under £10m...

Cyber threats: they are real, rising and affecting you

As technology becomes ever more sophisticated, cyber attacks are becoming ever more complex, with barely a week going by without new reports of a serious attack or data breach. In the latest World Economic Forum Global Risk Report, cyber threats were rated as one of the top five global risks....

21 April 2014

UK Tech Awards 2014: celebrating a thriving tech sector

The tech sector in the UK is clearly performing well at the moment and while there is talk of another bubble, away from the headlines there are many really innovative companies emerging across the UK. These awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of the sector....