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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,...

30 October 2014

PwC and Santander Masterclass for Growing Private Businesses

As part of the Santander Breakthrough Scheme, PwC My Financepartner is hosting a Masterclass on 4 November 2014, designed specifically for the CEOs/Owner-Managers of growth orientated private businesses. The three main objectives of the Masterclass are: To inform: share the current trends and experiences PwC My Financepartner has with growing...

16 October 2014

The Challenge of Business Growth

Suzanne Houghton of PwC’s My Financepartner outlines the challenges of business growth. Growing a business is never easy. Some say that the difficulty of creating the processes necessary to be able to sustain a business beyond say 10 or 20 employees explains why so few companies make it. There are...

UK's most flexible small business - the search is on

A £1,000 prize is up for grabs in a competition launched to find the UK’s ‘most flexible’ small business. The initiative, run by flexible working experts Timewise, will champion small companies that offer flexible work options to employees, and will aim to prove that SMEs are recruiting and employing staff...

15 October 2014

Family Business Survey 2014 - Planning to succeed: Succession planning in family firms

Click here to download the full report There’s an old saying in business that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Nowhere is this truism truer than for the family firm as it approaches the moment when the business passes from one generation to the next. Only 12%...

Family Business Survey 2014 - ‘Head and heart’: Professionalising the family business

Click here to download the full report There was one word that came up again and again in this year’s PwC Family Business Survey, and that was ‘professionalise’. The economic climate remains tough and global megatrends like the digital revolution are making the business landscape more volatile and competitive than...

Family Business Survey 2014 - New technology and the family firm: Are we seeing a new digital divide?

Click here to download the full report In this year’s 17th Annual Global CEO survey, 81% of those questioned cited technological advances as one of the top three global trends most likely to transform their business over the next five years. According to our 2014 Family Business Survey, that figure...

01 October 2014

Alternative Finance: we're interested in your experiences

We are seeing an ever increasing number of internet based companies alternative finance platforms being created to offer an alternative to SMEs and startups looking to borrow money or raise capital. These platforms in essence act as matchmakers for people looking for: new saving; investment opportunities and SMEs; startups looking...

24 September 2014

Guiding you through the BEPS maze

Over the next few months we’ll see the most comprehensive reform of international tax most of us can recall, courtesy of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. Many of you will have seen that the OECD published its recommendation for the first part of its planned reforms...

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....