2018 will definitely go down in the annals of history as the year of a ‘seismic shift’ in the retail landscape, writes Fiona Brownfoot, director – retail and leisure, Hicks Baker. A structural change within the industry had been spoken about since the depressed times following 2008, but 2018 has [...]
Andrew Farmery joined solicitors Blake Morgan in August to lead its Thames Valley real estate team. Here, he explains why he’s excited about the region’s vibrant commercial property market and the opportunities this presents for his firm.
Leading law firm Penningtons Manches is committed to supporting Surrey businesses, institutions and charitable initiatives through the multi-disciplinary teams based in its Guildford office. A key player in the firm’s record performance over the past two years, the Guildford office provides a market-leading, full-service offering covering the firm’s three key […]
In the early years of founding the business all the energies of the entrepreneur are rightly focused on getting the business up and running and making it successful. Thoughts of future succession or exits through sale are not high on the agenda. Through Charles Russell Speechlys’ experience of working with […]
Fables tell us to look before we leap… but also that fortune favours the brave. So how is the wise business leader meant to judge the balance during the prediction confounding Brexit countdown? Strike out beyond Europe or sit tight in the UK, head down, until the dust settles? After […]
The United Kingdom is recognised as one of the most important technology hubs in the world. The UK technology sector is reportedly growing more than twice as fast as the overall economy, and London has been recognised as the second most connected place for technology across the globe, behind Silicon […]
A cyber-attack on a small to medium-sized enterprise is unlikely to receive anywhere near the level of publicity as a cyber-attack on a large household name like the Ransomware attack on the NHS or the cyber breach suffered by British Airways through SQL injection to its website, but this doesn’t […]
The successful launch of a new law firm is an immense challenge at the best of times, but when it coincides with a dramatic economic crash, it would seem nigh impossible. Ten years on, and Verisona Law is testament to what a combination of focus, diligence and nerve can achieve.
Two well-known Central South figures have left the world of banking after more than 20 years, to launch FiftySeven, an independent commercial finance and banking consultancy, tailored to the needs of the region’s businesses.
LSH teams up with 4D Monitoring to provide a cost-effective solution to improving building environment and plant performance. Traditionally, large multi-occupied office buildings had an onsite caretaker or building manager to monitor and deal, often reactively, with any issues surrounding the buildings mechanical plant. Then came the integration of BMS [...]
CBRE has released Our Cities, Knowledge for the Future, a thought-provoking project on how British cities might look and feel by 2040. The research examines what will make a successful city through a collection of insights on diversity, culture and sport, the economy, sustainability, governance, health, transport and placemaking. In [...]
Despite Brexit, the hotel industry in the UK is booming. The forecast for growth in this sector looks positive for 2018/2019 and for the foreseeable future. Historically, development loans for hotel builds have been hard to come by, however, lending is now on the increase. Jaspreet Patter of the corporate […]
As Paris Smith’s 200th anniversary celebrations come to a close, The Business Magazine completes its profiles of some of the law firm’s clients by treading the boards at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre.
For any business, significant change – such as rapid growth or a merger – can present huge challenges. It can also bring the opportunity to step back, take stock and make key decisions that set the organisation on a path to continued growth and success.
Roundtable chairman David Murray, publisher of The Business Magazine, set the scene with some statistics: China is the UK’s fifth largest trading partner and its second largest outside the EU. Murray opened the discussion by asking participants to share their advice for doing business in this huge and diverse market.
Corporate & commercial Thames Valley-based Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors‘ practice is headed by Barry Niven, ‘who is developing a team of knowledgeable and responsive lawyers who seek to understand client needs and tailor their approach and advice to those requirements’.
Entrepreneurs, business owner managers, and families all look to Kleinwort Hambros’ banking experts for timely advice on managing and passing on their wealth. Several centuries spent discretely looking after people’s money gives Kleinwort Hambros unique experience on the management of wealth. Relationships with its clients are strong and long lasting. [...]
Peach Technologies acquired Taylor Made, creating a new super-power in the region for IT and communications. Here, Peach’s CEO Darren Scott-Healey and Taylor Made’s former FD and now Group chief financial officer Joe Jeffers, talk about their plans for the future. Peach Technologies and Taylor Made were very much market […]
In this article Martin Cadby and Mike Rixon, relationship directors at Close Brothers Technology Services explore what it means to lease your IT and why it could be the best option for your business. According to the Global Leasing Report, the UK is Europe’s biggest leasing market – worth a [...]
TPC Leadership has been preparing leaders for the adventure of leadership since 2002, with a belief that effective leadership involves the congruent expression of values and behaviours across the dimensions of knowing, doing and being. The nature of leadership has changed significantly; when it was founded, leadership was a straightforward […]
A survey by The Business Magazine of corporate finance specialists in the south has led to some key changes to the Deals Awards nomination and judging process from 2019. With nominations already being canvassed for the Thames Valley Deals Awards, the changes will ensure that a broader range of opinions […]
Corporate and commercial Herrington Carmichael meets ‘international legal business standards in the field of mergers and acquisitions’ and is recommended for ‘distilling down complicated contractual advice into clear, concise and insightful feedback with clear recommendations and options’.
Corporate and commercial Blake Morgan has ‘an excellent range and depth of team knowledge and good commercial understanding‘ according to clients. One of the largest teams in the South East, it is equipped to handle the full range of corporate and commercial work and private equity investments. It can also […]
Corporate and commercial The ‘excellent‘ Gateley team in Reading is led by ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ corporate practice head Andrew Peddie and head of commerce, technology and media Paul De Vince. De Vince joined from Shoosmiths LLP, where he headed the commercial team; his expertise includes outsourcing, designing trade models, supply […]
Corporate & commercial The members of the ‘open and approachable‘ team at Shoosmiths ‘provides a great service, knows the industry well and knows what is important to their clients’. Sanjeev Sharma and Simon Edwards head the Thames Valley corporate and commercial teams, respectively.
Commercial litigation Charles Russell Speechlys’ team is considered ‘strong at partner, senior associate and associate level’. It handles a broad range of corporate and commercial litigation including product, supply, trusts and IP disputes and serves an impressive client base including Fiat Chrysler, ITV, and Wagamama.
Corporate & commercial Sean Davies heads a team at Paris Smith that provides ‘an overall level of service that is excellent‘. Davies stands out for ‘his impartiality, along with his breath of experience in the owner-managed sector and no-nonsense approach‘. In addition to the full range of M&A and commercial […]
Corporate & commercial Stevens & Bolton‘s team is ‘excellent’ for corporate M&A and commercial services work. It serves clients ranging from local start-ups, especially in the technology sectors, to international corporate clients including US investors. It advised the shareholders of e-Travel, which is based in Athens and has an office in […]
Corporate & commercial Boyes Turner‘s practice has a ‘broad range of commercial law experience and business acumen‘, providing a ‘solution-orientated approach with speedy resolutions‘, with ‘great value for money‘.
Corporate & commercial Osborne Clarke‘s team is known for its strength in digital business, small and mid-cap private equity and growth capital, while also possessing experience in energy, media, retail, and real estate and infrastructure, among other areas.
Corporate & commercial Sean Kelly heads the team at Pitmans, which handles a range of transactions, principally in the private company M&A arena but with an increasing weight of expertise in private equity and cross-border transactions.
Family The family law practice at Hedges Law is led by Nicola Poole, who ‘has great experience in children disputes’, and also has expertise in complex high-net-worth financial remedy cases, disputes over inherited wealth, variation of maintenance cases and prenuptial agreements. Other figures of note in the practice include Carrie […]
Corporate & commercial B P Collins fields a team that ‘understands clients’ needs and compares well with City firms both on price and service‘. The group has an extensive track record in the waste management, recycling, renewable energy, technology, food, logistics and pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, and has longstanding relationships […]
Corporate & commercial Blandy & Blandy gives ‘excellent advice at a fair cost’ to owner-managed businesses, investors and financiers on deals with values up to £25 million. Corporate practitioner David Few heads the practice and advised Lloyds Bank in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Witney Lakes Resort, […]
Corporate & commercial The ‘excellent and commercial’ team at Penningtons Manches is recommended as being ‘unfailingly prompt and thorough in their responses, giving clear and actionable advice’ and ‘good at understanding business context’. The team has a track record of advising growth companies, with strong relationships with Touchstone Innovations and […]
Insolvency Verisona Law ‘has built one of the strongest insolvency teams on the South Coast, particularly in litigation where it is one of the go-to firms in the area‘, ‘punching above its weight with high-profile insolvency liquidation‘. The five-partner team’s main focus areas include personal insolvency, director disqualification, property, construction […]
Corporate & commercial IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is well positioned to capture the lion’s share of work for SME and owner-managed businesses located in West London and the wider Thames Valley region, and is continuing to attract mandates from larger corporates and multinationals such as Hertz and Cegedim.
Paul Etherington, Head of mid-market, south at EY, explains how mid-market companies are leading the way in embracing new technology and how the Thames Valley is thriving at the forefront of innovation.
Blandy & Blandy has experienced a rise in demand from clients with legal requirements overseas, according to partner Nick Burrows. “Throughout the past 12 months we have continued to see increased demand for work to be undertaken internationally. As members of the Law Firm Network we are well placed to […]
Are you looking for an environmentally friendly fleet solution for your business? Have you ever considered a green fleet audit? At HG Leasing, our team of fleet specialists have a wealth of experience in evaluating the environmental credentials of a fleet, in order to make recommendations about its sustainability, based […]
RSM’s Jo Gibbons, corporate tax partner and Briony Courtiour, personal tax manager explore why the answer to this frequently asked question is not as straight forward as it first appears. For many business owners the sale of your company is likely to be a once in a lifetime event.
Laura Adkins, director of Whitley Stimpson, talks about her role in charge of the Witney office. I work for Whitley Stimpson, one of the country’s leading independent accountancy firms. We have offices in Banbury, Bicester, High Wycombe and Witney that provide financial advice to businesses and individuals, something we’ve been [...]
Entrepreneurial businesses can capitalise on their innovations by taking advantage of government incentives. R&D tax relief adviser GovGrant’s chief executive officer Luke Hamm tells Tim Wickham why more UK companies should consider claiming the relief and protecting their intellectual property.
When Madar Corporation’s financial year ended in July, founder and managing director Pat Gilbert’s expectation was that turnover would be around the £11 million mark. By the time The Business Magazine went to print, final numbers were still being processed, but it is pretty impressive for a business which was […]
As a successful business owner, you have risked your personal capital, committed to years of hard work making numerous personal sacrifices and been on an emotional rollercoaster, enjoying the ups and suffering the downs, of owning your own business. You have now decided to sell and reap your just rewards.
What is the best course of action if a business finds itself in distress? Alexander Wood, restructuring and insolvency partner at Coffin Mew, explains how turnaround management can end up putting a business in a stronger position than the one it was originally in …..
Everybody’s different and providing a working environment that recognises this is important at KPMG. We also place a real focus on providing the opportunities you need to progress your career. This year’s insight into the UK’s significant gender pay gap showed that there is much to be done to remove […]
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one part of the Government’s ambition to transform the UK tax system. It’s about digitising record keeping and putting in place systems that aim to make it easier for businesses and individuals to manage their taxes.
A different positive mindset towards today’s changing business sectors and employee workstyles is required if Reading and its urban satellites are to continue as a successful sustainable Thames Valley community and economy, writes John Burbedge.
The Port of Southampton contributes £2.5 billion annually to the UK economy. As part of Paris Smith’s 200th anniversary celebrations The Business Magazine sees how the law firm’s client, port owner operator ABP, is committed to ensuring the city and southern region continue benefiting from the port’s success.
In CBRE’s first-half review of the Southampton office market, leasing activity remained steady. The largest city-centre deal saw Norwegian Cruise Line lease 17,263 sq ft at Mountbatten House and out of town, Shoosmiths acquired 12,894 sq ft at Forum 5, Solent Business Park.
Norman Armstrong, partner, Grant Thornton, takes a look at the forces driving the aerospace industry to success in the 21st century. Long recognised as the home of British aerospace, from the first powered flight through to the development of advanced technologies such as the jet engine and carbon fibre, the […]
Outrageous fortune may shake the nerve of even the most hardened business veteran in 2018 and the outlook is unsettled. So does it make sense to diversify? Perceived wisdom in volatile times is for companies to focus on core activity – but if diversification is prompted by customer demand it […]
Property developer Regency Residential is bringing a combination of 228 new-build and boutique conversion apartments to High Wycombe town centre. Situated at the heart of the town which the developer has identified has rising housing demands, the development will provide “an appealing mix of accommodation, thoughtfully designed to meet the […]
EY is proud to be part of the thriving business community in Southampton, with our research predicting strong economic performance and growth leading up to 2020, writes David Hales, EY’s office managing partner, Southampton.
In a move which caught the market off-guard in the Solent region, commercial property consultancies Vail Williams and Hughes Ellard merged in June to create a regional powerhouse of property advice. Now, three months on, Mike Greenwood, regional managing partner for the Solent region, and Gary Jeffries, then managing director […]
Southampton’s city centre continues to undergo significant and ambitious transformation. The City Centre Master Plan was launched in 2012 and is a progressive scheme of newly completed, ongoing and potential developments. The seven ‘Very Important Projects’ (VIPs) identified for redevelopment are now becoming part of the city’s new urban landscape, […]
“It may sound like a cliché, but people buy people. What differentiates Curve is our team,” said Potter. “Through our breadth of experience, we understand what it takes to deliver for our clients. Clients like the clarity, transparency and simplicity we provide in our relationship with them.”
The Port remains a huge driver of growth, with much activity in the industrial and logistics sector linked to it. ABP’s continued investment, including its acquisition of Eling Wharf and a planned new £15 million automotive storage facility in the Port’s Eastern Dock, will strengthen the Port’s position and Southampton’s […]
Work-life balance and mental wellbeing are increasingly being recognised as key to staff motivation and productivity. Many businesses are beginning to incorporate workplace wellness as part of their strategy to deliver a meaningful and engaging employee experience and, in turn, create a higher-performing workforce. Evolving working practices Rapid technological advances [...]
You might think that an empty property poses less risk than one that’s occupied: less contents, no risk of damage by occupants. But sadly, this is often not the case. The risk to vacant property by malicious damage, squatters and structural damage is increasing.* Risks to vacant properties include: Water […]
Growth by nature brings change – operational, personal, cultural and often international, to name but four potential disruptions. It might be the challenge of change produced by the growth of a family business beyond its successful family roots and abilities. Or the challenge of growth-change following a successful strategic acquisition […]
One of the most frequent questions I am asked as a planning lawyer is – What do you do? There is often a perception of overlap between planning consultants and planning lawyers but if you have the right professionals advising that should not be the case.
With law firms regularly overseeing multi-million pound business transactions and property sales, the potential bounty for hackers smart enough to infiltrate security systems is huge. And with the nature of a solicitor’s work meaning they often hold sensitive information on clients, ensuring the data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands […]
Companies can save cost and maximise the value of their IT investments by taking a total lifecycle approach to funding and managing assets, says Close Brothers Technology Services. Adding services like data security further increases the advantages of asset financing.
The UK telecoms sector in the pre-privatisation days of the early 1980s didn’t make life particularly easy for businesses in terms of choice. Limited phone handsets, limited options on exchange systems and extensions. If you wanted an answering machine, you probably had to rent it from one of the very […]
In the marketplace today, SMBs are faced with an ever-changing labyrinth of increasingly demanding customers, emboldened by mobile devices, always-on customer service and around-the-clock accessibility to pretty much whatever they want, writes Leigh Saunders, GM of NCR Silver UK and Western Europe.
Yann Souillard, head of LDC in the south, discusses accelerated business growth in Reading and the Thames Valley, which has been supported by a strong advisory community and continued investment in the thriving region Since we established a base in Reading 18 years ago, we’ve seen the Thames Valley region […]
What are your goals? I have many goals to achieve at Wade Macdonald. We aim to grow Wade Macdonald to triple in size over the next three years and to cement our position as the “go-to agency” for finance, HR and data science professionals as a result of our expertise […]
A generation ago, Reading was sadly renowned for its travel congestion by rail, road or bus, with cycle-lanes a distant dream. Today, the town boasts 21st century travel infrastructure – a showpiece £850 million rail station, improved motorway and main road links, efficient bus-lane routing with real-time passenger messaging, a […]
Reading faces an era which is both challenging and full of opportunity. As society evolves and lifestyles change, land use necessarily must follow that evolution or risk turning large areas of our country into redundant space and therefore ceasing to usefully contribute to the economy.
Reading and the Thames Valley continue to outpace the rest of the country in terms of our success and dynamism. Reading has been named the UK’s most successful economic city while the wider Thames Valley has been recognised in various studies as the most prosperous outside London, the leading technology […]
Reading UK is asking businesses in the Abbey Quarter area for their input on proposals to create a commercial Business Improvement District (BID) located alongside the town centre’s well-established retail BID.
Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) schemes are government approved, aimed at smaller companies. They provide share options to key employee’s tax efficiently, as a reward for their efforts within the business or to retain and incentivise key staff.
Reading the excellent and fascinating EY report, The Thames Valley – A framework for growth, I was struck by the clear messages about people and skills, writes Mark Swain, director, The Henley Partnership. And as the report talks about competitiveness requiring “greater collaboration between educators and employers”, your local business school […]
The Ageas Bowl is more than a first-class international cricket ground; it’s also a vibrant community hub with ambitious future plans. As part of Paris Smith’s 200th anniversary celebrations The Business Magazine learns how the firm has built an enduring partnership with its landmark South Coast client. The Paris Smith […]
Paula Swain, new head of Shoosmiths’ Solent office, tells Tim Wickham why an imminent office move will allow the law firm to reinforce its values of pulling together and taking the initiative. Shoosmiths is due to move to a new office in August. It may only require a short walk […]
For a record sixth consecutive month, the quota for Tier 2 General Visas has been met, leaving employers scrambling for solutions to get their skilled workers into the UK. Richard Devall, immigration partner at IBB Solicitors, discusses the potentially damaging implications for employers.
The view from Joanna Jensen’s converted barn office in rural Hampshire must be one of the most idyllic of any CEO. From here, she oversees a business growing at a phenomenal rate: 150% last year, 200% forecast this year. Turnover in 2016 was £6 million.
Richard Gibson was CFO and executive chairman at SwiftKey from 2011 to its sale in 2016 for a reported $250 million. SwiftKey’s app “turbocharges and personalises predictive text” on mobile phones. You’ll find the app in Samsung phones and other brands.
Mastering the art of agility in business is not always an easy feat for well-established companies. Consider a business as it starts up like the small speedboat, able to change course at will without causing too much of a ripple effect. Then consider a huge corporation, established for years, more […]
It’s an exciting time for our region – with a growth potential of £10 billion GVA across the South East¹, and many of the Thames Valley areas appearing in the top 10 of our Vibrant Economy Index², Grant Thornton is continuing to make significant investment in growing the Thames Valley […]
Online accounting has been around for a number of years, but it’s fair to say it has yet to be wholly embraced by businesses and landlords. Paper accounting and manually updating spreadsheets have become ingrained in the administration culture of many organisations. However the Government’s Making Tax Digital project is […]
M&A deals in the technology sector have been popular for some time. With “sector within a sector” focuses in areas such as fintech, biotech and lawtech, advancements made in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the application of those innovations, there are no signs of this […]
As soon as two companies have hammered out terms for one to buy the other, the purchaser expects Mazars to analyse the business – the key numbers, as well as commercial and operational aspects – then report back without delay,
At HMT, we have advised hundreds of entrepreneurs on how to realise their business ambitions over the past 25 years. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy, but the management buyout of Sportsworld Group and association with Chad Lion-Cachet is certainly on the […]
MAATS Tech were delighted to receive The Business Magazine’s Solent 250 Award for Innovation earlier this year, particularly due to operating for the past few years in the tough market of oil and gas. MAATS has seen downturns in this sector before but took the opportunity to diversify into the […]
Many have debated the competitive edge gained by investing in technology within the supply chain industry. Import Services believes there is no such debate; continual investment in IT systems and emerging technologies has allowed it to provide the information its clients need and this will also serve the company well in a […]
Guidance issued by the Government and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on placemaking for new residential developments encourages planning and design with people in mind. Savills has published its own placemaking research and uses this to make sure the landowners and developers it advises prepare plans that measure up to […]
New technologies such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence offer potentially huge benefits to forward-looking business services companies. Automation expert Andrew Burgess, Noel Lyons, Barclays director of digital design, and relationship director Lee Atkinson explain some of the current thinking. An artificial intelligence system recently taught itself to play […]
Journalist John Burbedge meets MHA MacIntyre Hudson specialists Chris Denning and Tallat Mahmood who are advising Thames Valley tech companies to do just that. The Thames Valley is at the heart of a vibrant UK digital tech landscape and Reading’s status as a leading UK tech cluster with a wealth of […]
The Thames Valley Property Awards has named specialist housebuilder and brownfield developer Inland Homes the Housebuilder of the Year for 2018. The award ceremony, which was held at Ascot Racecourse in May, saw the Amersham-based developer win the title, with judges commending the company’s approach to environmental issues, community engagement, […]
Wokingham-based Volume has transformed from a B2B marketing agency to a specialist in experiential artificial intelligence (AI) over the past three years. Chief operating officer Gemma Hood explains why people as well as technology are at the heart of the company. Volume’s experiential AI comprises conversational AI platforms that turn […]
Great people are at the heart of Havant-based GRP Solutions – the South Coast’s leading composite solutions provider, writes Brian Harpur, managing director. The foundation of this successful business is a highly-experienced and passionate team of composite experts who have an extensive knowledge of the marine sector. Working with world-class […]
It goes without saying that managing a business offers its fair share of paperwork, cashflow concerns, relationship building and burning the midnight oil. The good news is that with technology evolving all the time, various accounting software tools are available on the market to help business owners with some of […]
The Head Partnership is a successful legal practice that, with the opening of a third office (and second in Henley) is steadily growing towards greater corporate status while recognising the need to enhance its Thames Valley market presence. Journalist John Burbedge met Frances Watts and Alexis Lane, lead partners of THP’s […]
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is hosting an iTalkCyber Network evening on July 11 at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey. Ian Mann, a leading expert in Social Engineering and author of Hacking the Human will share his expertise on tactics currently used by cyber criminals.
There are over 9,040 jobs and circa 265 establishments in this area. Within this important Thames Valley business sector, the next largest cluster occurs in the Maidenhead and Marlow area which boasts over 7,630 jobs and c140 establishments.
The University of Southampton Science Park (USSP) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University set up in 1983 as an independent commercial operation. Its role is to accommodate, empower and nurture businesses to succeed in the highly competitive global science and technology sector. There are around 100 companies based at […]
Ranked joint 20th, Blandy & Blandy has risen from 28th in last year’s rankings. Partner and team head Karen Jones commented: “With the largest dedicated planning and environmental law team in the region, Blandy & Blandy prides itself on providing an unrivalled service in this specialist area. We are delighted […]
Blakell Europlacer’s factory on the edge of Poole harbour, and its sister plant in France, make the machines that place components as small as 0.4mm x 0.2mm on to printed circuit boards (PCBs) using surface-mount technology (SMT). Depending on its use, a PCB can contain a few or a few […]
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Theresa May set out her 25-year Environment Plan, with a target to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Retailers and grocers were called upon to reduce plastic packaging and introduce ‘plastics-free’ aisles, alongside other proposals designed to help preserve and improve the environment.
The market is constrained, particularly by the lack of availability of decent quality units. However, thankfully there are now two new developments which have just completed. Aberdeen Standard has just finished Unit 27 Suttons Business Park which comprises 15,000 sq ft adjacent to the new Costa and Aldi.
The rapidly changing modern business world with its diversifying internet-assisted workstyles is being reflected in the design of modern workplaces – as it should be, stated Groves during an enlightening breakfast seminar in Slough hosted by commercial property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton and The Business Magazine, and fittingly held at […]
Now in its fifth year, Moore Stephens’ annual owner managed business (OMB) report entitled Powered by people and technology in 2018 provides a clear view of the confidence, plans and concerns of business leaders across Thames Valley and the UK, writes Miles Hewitt-Boorman, partner and head of Thames Valley at [...]
Christine Harrington, hospital director of Cardinal Corporate discusses how to address mental health in the workplace. With approximately one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, mental wellbeing is becoming an increasingly important topic and due to significant publicity around the issue, people are [...]
Cait Salanson, managing director at The Little Kitchen Company, talks to Tim Wickham about setting up the bespoke caterer and why fish finger sandwiches figure on the menu. A career at HSBC gave Cait Salanson a taste for running her own business. Her regional director role covering the south brought [...]
Professional services firm EY has combined publication of its new study The Thames Valley – a Framework for Growth with a call for business leaders to come together and provide joined-up thinking on the region’s priorities. The Thames Valley needs a clear voice, says EY, which has taken on the [...]
writes Peter Wright, partner, Haines Watts. The construction sector is not traditionally an area which one would ever associate with people in white coats undertaking R&D activities, which is probably why so few companies in the sector are taking advantage of the tax reliefs that are available. R&D tax relief is [...]
In the nineties and noughties we did something terrible: we reduced or stopped investing in management training, and now we’re reaping the consequences. Often, that critical link between leaders and staff was lost but the antidote is management that constructively challenges those above and holds staff to account. In this [...]
Alsop said: “It’s been an amazing year. We’ve completed full scope financial and tax due diligence on two corporate buy-sides, three private equity backed transactions, and two national charity mergers. We have also carried out a selection of pre-lend reviews, business valuations, and employer covenant reviews (in respect of defined […]
Understand what you want to achieve by the disposal at the outset Selling a business doesn’t always equate to retirement or a complete handover, as some buyers will see one or more of the selling shareholders as integral to the business – at least for a certain period of time […]
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of leading corporate finance deals, HMT is reminiscing on 10 notable transactions from its archives. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy but the MBO of Property Software Group led by CEO Mark Goddard has certainly made the [...]
As a director of fifth generation family business General Estates, James Percy knows how important good relationships are to business success. Tracing its roots back to ferries and toll bridges, the Southampton-based company moved into mobile home parks in the 1950s and since then has expanded into owning and managing [...]
“Brexit and the drop in sterling are making companies push ahead with their M&A plans and we have seen a surge of deal activity in the Thames Valley market so far in 2018,” said Nina Smith, senior corporate associate at Shoosmiths’ Reading office. Shoosmiths’ corporate team – which was ranked […]
The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers highly beneficial tax reliefs to individual investors who invest in small, high-risk UK companies, writes Charles Russell Speechlys. One of the key benefits is that the investor’s income tax rate is reduced by 30% and their capital gains tax rate is reduced to 0%, […]
Leading law firm Penningtons Manches announced its most successful 12 months ever with its last financial results. The firm’s Oxford office, based in Oxford Business Park, was a key contributor to overall growth and continues to build on these achievements in 2018. The corporate team remains in high demand, completing [...]
Shaw Gibbs director Sarah Gardener invited journalist John Burbedge to join her on a client meeting with Gelder Joinery at its new industrial estate home in Kidlington. Master joiner Bryan Gelder is passionate about creating attractive built-to-last structures that fit together extremely well – a passion shared by independent accountants [...]
As Oxford is recognised as the third fastest growing economy in the UK*, flexible workspace provider, Regus, announces significant investment in the region. With centres in Oxford Science Park and Oxford Business Park, Regus has responded to growing demand for flexible workspace in the region, by improving the facilities at [...]
Oxford is a fascinating place – a city with a local business landscape ranging from world-renowned traditional education institutions and companies operating within a progressive 21st century economy, writes John Burbedge. As a leading professional services firm, Grant Thornton operates within this remarkable Oxford space working with start-ups, public sector, [...]
According to a recent report*, an estimated 40% of employers are experiencing difficulties in filling job vacancies, as candidates lack digital technology and employability skills. This comes at a time when around two thirds of future new roles are expected to be created by entrepreneurial-led smaller businesses. Barclays is helping [...]
Hedges was founded in 1789 by Sir John Hedges. Rather a lot has happened since then – the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars, the IT revolution, 63 prime ministers, 8 kings and queens, 14 recognised recessions, joining Europe … and leaving Europe. Having its original base in Wallingford, Hedges has [...]
The Business Magazine launched the Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year award at April’s annual Southern Manufacturing 100 dinner. Guest speakers from Cranfield University and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) talked about bridging the skills gap, while Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Formula 1 group, offered an insight into […]
As a professional wordsmith I naturally admire Oxford, writes John Burbedge – a city that printed its first book in 1478 two years after Caxton’s printing press; produced the Oxford English Dictionary first edition in 1884; and apparently has the world’s most published writers per square mile. Oxford has many [...]
Hillingdon, the second largest London borough by area, has plenty of room for companies to find a place to thrive and grow, aided by some of the best transport links in the capital. Many international corporations have chosen to locate their UK or European headquarters in Hillingdon – and we [...]
Although he describes himself as a “pretty bad computer coder” Gerry Tombs has form, having written a backgammon game for the legendary Sinclair ZX81 home computer back in the 1980s. His software development skills spurred a career in IT consultancy.
Every day, over 20,000 engineers around the UK open a ByBox secure locker to collect essential components delivered overnight that they need for their work. It could be replacement parts for a hospital MRI scanner, spares to repair a computer, or new smart meters for utility companies to install.
Rafi Razzak shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, he’s more enthused than ever about new opportunities for Centerprise and a desire to build a legacy for his workforce to continue. “I only wish I was 20 years younger,” jokes the youthful 69 year-old.
The next chapter in HBS’s success story continues after securing a series of lucrative long-term contracts. Following another successful year, the Whiteley-based mechanical, electrical and renewable energy specialist has had an exceptional start to 2018. After being named Management Team of the Year at the recent Solent 250 Awards, HBS [...]
Europe’s data protection laws will undergo their biggest change in two decades when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25. GDPR will replace the current UK Data Protection Act 1998, and will uniform data protection requirements across all EU member states.
An EMI scheme can be an excellent way to achieve these goals, by rewarding employee’s efforts, and encouraging them to work hard to build value in the business. The long-term nature of the scheme, and potential for financial gain encourages employee retention.
The decision to develop and expand your business by buying a new business (or selling yours) is always a serious prospect and one which you cannot afford to take lightly, writes Victoria Lloyd-White of Colemans Solicitors LLP. Say you’ve decided to buy or sell the assets of a business. Before [...]
As part of Paris Smith’s 200th anniversary celebrations The Business Magazine looks at the firm’s work with some of its major clients. Paris Smith was on the ball with Southampton Football Club when it moved to a purpose-built stadium in 2001. One of the more unusual legal aspects Paris Smith [...]
Blandy & Blandy LLP’s corporate team has advised Science Media Partners, an international events and publishing company based in Reading on its acquisition by global events company Terrapinn, based in London. Partner and team head David Few advised on the deal, supported by solicitor Stuart Rose. SMP’s shareholders Mark and Andrea Lockie described the [...]
Businesses that rely on servers or have moved resources to the public cloud face growing challenges, says Tahmid Ahmed, sales and marketing manager at IT services provider Support on the Spot. Technology niggles can quickly transform into major headaches for any business that relies on data, storage and software. These [...]
If you’re thinking about improving your office furniture or layout then Haywood Office Services’ mega showroom is a great place to start. Expert advice and free site surveys can make sure you’re sitting comfortably. We all sit on them and toil away at them, but do we really get the [...]
John Burbedge talks to Tim Walker, MD of a new managed services provider that is aiming to redefine the relationship between business and IT ... To survive, humans need water, food, good health, a safe environment and risk awareness. To survive in today’s business world, companies need a strategically designed [...]
How do you stay ahead of game-changing market innovations? Simple – be prepared to shake up your own business, writes Kapil Davda, partner, Haines Watts. Watching TV, hailing a cab or finding a place to stay while travelling? Market disruptors have transformed a host of everyday activities over the past [...]
Peter Nelson, programme director on Henley’s Influence and Impact programme, has been assessing the fundamental elements of good negotiation skills, and there are several techniques that will help you to achieve the most advantageous outcomes for you and/or your organisation. First and foremost, do your homework and really understand your [...]
Abby Malton, head of residential development sales for Savills in Reading, talks to Tim Wickham about the buoyant market for new homes in the area, downsizing and the rising popularity of bungalows. Savill’s Reading office began handling sales of new residential homes in 2015. Abby Malton expects 2018 will be [...]
“Three years ago, if you asked our clients what they thought of Dutton Gregory, they’d probably talk about us being a good, solid practice, if a bit sleepy. We weren’t widely know in the region,” said Andrew Tilley. “I think we’ve changed significantly over the past couple of years.”
A stunning event space in a beautifully restored venue is attracting Thames Valley businesses wanting something different. Spacious, stylish and bathed in natural light, The Changing Room at Thames Lido in Kings Meadow, Reading, is a unique place to hold corporate events. Whether it’s for business, networking, or simply celebrating, [...]
Darcliffe Homes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Country Estates Group, has an established reputation for building bespoke homes in the Thames Valley. Its latest project in Tilehurst marks a significant new phase for the company. Darcliffe Homes prides itself on doing things differently from other residential property developers. Its goals are [...]
During 2017 prime industrial rents in Reading reached a record breaking high of over £11 per square foot. Rents improved quarter on quarter, largely due to the good level of demand and diminishing supply. Quoting rents for major lettings were set between £11.25 per sq ft and £11.75 per sq [...]
With land values increasing in the Thames Valley region and ‘clean’ sites at a premium, now is the time for developers to reconsider their view of more difficult sites. Law-led professional services group Gateley has two businesses; property consultancy Gateley Hamer and leading fiscal incentives consultancy Gateley Capitus. Gateley Hamer’s [...]
Ian Oliver, is head of life sciences assurance for BDO in the UK, and is based out of the firm’s Reading office. In this article he looks at the public life sciences companies headquartered in the Thames Valley, which are listed on the London Stock Exchange or the US Nasdaq [...]
Basingstoke’s ambitious multi-billion-pound programme of new commercial, residential, leisure and infrastructure projects is making huge progress towards future growth. As the current winner of the Thames Valley Town of the Year award, Basingstoke is building on its agenda to create a future-proof environment to meet the changing needs of residents [...]
Choosing the right commercial property is an important decision which should not be rushed into and one that has to meet the needs of your business, customers, clients and your staff. Before you sign on the dotted line, do make sure you consider a few crucial issues. Jeff Elphee, a [...]
Leading accountancy firm HWB has become one of the first accountancy practices in the region to obtain a licence to undertake probate work. HWB, which is based in Chandler's Ford and is one of the largest independent firms in the region, has been awarded the licence by the Institute of [...]
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of leading corporate finance deals, HMT is reminiscing on 10 notable transactions from our archives. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy but the MBO of Tessella led by former CEO Alan Gaby has certainly made the list. [...]
The Leaders Romans Group is one of the UK’s largest property services companies made up of Leaders, Romans and Boyer, employing over 2,100 people across 160 offices nationwide. It is uniquely positioned to deliver a full complement of property services to a wide range of clients from corporate organisations to [...]
Entrepreneurial Portsmouth City Council – which was a double winner in last year’s South Coast Property Awards – is proving it can be successful on multiple fronts. One of its developments, Dunsbury Park – which was named Business Park of the Year in the 2017 awards – will eventually comprise [...]
The UK middle market is home to some of the world’s most dynamic and exciting businesses. Growth prospects look bright for businesses in this market space but there is no room for complacency in such an uncertain world and now is the time to power middle-market success, writes Paul Anthony, [...]
The demand for serviced offices is growing and becoming a popular option for well-established companies and companies who are beginning their businesses journey, writes Sian Warner of Regal Court. The option for serviced offices can give you prime location in upcoming areas with benefits such as flexible license terms and [...]
Founded in 1999, workplace specialist Active is one of the most trusted companies within the office interiors industry today. Specialising in assisting businesses of all sizes through periods of workplace change, Active can offer the entire spectrum of workplace service including office refurbishments, relocations, furniture, storage, maintenance, IT and a [...]
Alexandra Page, business space surveyor, takes a look at the Solent property scene. Office space Over the past few years offices in the region have either been demolished or converted for alternative uses – primarily in the residential sector. This, combined with the lack of any new construction of office [...]
Welcome to a regular Solent 250 column, bringing together news about our annual campaign and the companies in our 250 listing. • Clearvision, the software services company headquartered in Southampton, and number 202 in our Solent 250, has reported another year of record growth. Turnover at Clearvision rose to more [...]
We’ve heard a lot from ‘over the pond’ about so-called fake news. Well, here are the undisputed concrete yet buoyant facts that ‘float the boat’ for Slough being one of the best places in the UK to live and work. (Yes, that claim is supported by a professional fact-based survey, [...]
Slough was originally a small village used as the stopping point for coaches between London and Bath, for the 22-hour round journey. The construction of the railway station helped slash journey times to a quick 25 minutes (Slough – London), writes Caroline Waldron, Lambert Smith Hampton. The railway was the [...]
Michael Davidson, regional managing partner and national board member of Haines Watts, is Slough born and bred. He says the town deserves more recognition for the enduring success of its owner-managed businesses. Top 15 national chartered accountants Haines Watts was founded in Slough 80 years ago. Michael Davidson has worked [...]
Andy Howell, general manager at Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) which is a proud joint-venture partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments, gives an insight into SUR’s recent successes and current pipeline and tells us why he believes Slough is finally hitting the headlines, for all the right reasons. [...]
Technology continues to transform the business world – and with it the scale and scope of its leading edge exponents, writes John Burbedge. “One of my favourite analogies about starting a business is that it’s like jumping off a cliff with a parachute. When you jump your parachute won’t open [...]
Duncan Forsyth, group managing director at Westcoast, tells Tim Wickham why he’s so positive about the IT product and service provider’s future as it enters new markets and makes more of a name for itself. Westcoast has built its core business by distributing IT products extremely well for over 30 [...]
For ADF Milking, ensuring all of its staff – no matter where they are in the world – can do business is critical. The fast-growing manufacturing company designs, manufactures and distributes automatic milking machines that take hygiene to the next level. The technologically advanced units protect cows’ health and dramatically [...]
As a business whose growth strategy is to attract, nurture and develop the best talent in the industry, creating a strong employer brand is everything. It builds trust, connection and affinity in every touchpoint, from your clients through to your partners. It’s at the heart of our success. Right now, [...]
Business advisory and chartered accountancy firm Haines Watts has released the latest in its on-going study into the issues affecting UK SMEs and their owners. The latest study explores the struggle business owners face to unify senior teams effectively behind the complexities of their own business strategies and reveals that [...]
Grant Thornton’s Business Strategy Game gives competing teams an exciting opportunity to pit their wits against each other in a battle to maximise the equity value of a business. It’s also an enjoyable reminder about the importance of strong teamwork and a useful corporate finance learning tool. Are you a [...]
Founded in 1993 the company – Elcot Media & Events – has grown to become the leading independent voice of business in the south – and one of the most active B2B networking and awards organisers in the region. David Murray, founder and managing director, was recently interviewed by Sir [...]
One of the unknown factors in letting property is how well your tenants are going to look after it once you agree to let it. Perhaps it’s a difficult thing to predict. But, that’s why most property owners will ask for references, to try and ensure some kind of guarantee [...]
Consolidating its central Southampton offices to a new building in Chandler's Ford, and appointing one of the UK’s youngest law firm managing partners, point to a pivotal period for ambitious Moore Blatch. Tim Wickham finds out more. Moore Blatch’s new managing partner Ed Whittington is self-assured and took on senior [...]
Statistics on the UK’s largest urban areas cast Reading in a favourable light. But economic success brings challenges, says Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities. Carter revealed the findings of Centre for Cities just-published annual flagship report, Cities Outlook 2018, at the Reading Real Estate Network (RREN)’s latest [...]
Global workspace provider Regus has unveiled a multi-million pound modernisation plan for its popular business centre on Bath Road, Slough. The plan coincides with the 20th birthday of the centre, which was originally Regus’ global headquarters. The space is being refurbished in order to meet the workspace needs of its [...]
Trethowans is ranked by The Lawyer magazine as the fastest-growing law firm in the UK with turnover of less than £24 million. Tim Wickham finds out from managing partner Chris Whiteley how growth continues with expansion into Bournemouth. According to The Lawyer’s annual list UK 200: the Independents, last year [...]
Import Services is the only company with quayside warehousing immediately adjacent to the container terminal in the Port of Southampton. Managing director John Eynon tells Tim Wickham why that’s a crucial factor in supporting the demanding delivery expectations of customers like John Lewis, Amazon, Asda and Argos. The Southampton area [...]
You get plain speaking at Williams & Co. And that’s what its plumber and heating engineer customers like. That, and the best products, at the best prices, backed by the best service, managing director Ray Stafford explains to Tim Wickham. Independent and proud to be different is how the company [...]
The next chapter in Xtrac’s impressive automotive engineering success story is underway. Tim Wickham finds out what drives chairman Peter Digby. Many of the winners taking the chequered flag at motor races around the world rely on Thames Valley engineering expertise, courtesy of their Xtrac gearboxes. The roll call for [...]
Tim Wickham talks to Stuart Turner’s managing director Mark Williams about more than a century of growth by the water solutions company and its plans for the future. Henley-on-Thames is home to an important part of the UK’s engineering heritage. But it’s quite easy to miss. Hidden behind an antiquated [...]
When you say the name Sir John Madejski, the words entrepreneur and philanthropist spring to mind. Many sports fans would immediately think of Reading FC; most commercially aware business executives would be aware of his success as the founder of Auto Trader and many academics would know him as chancellor […]
What is the essence of your job as a manager of people? It could be summed up as follows: “The achievement of successful results consistently through others.” And how you communicate with your team members will have a considerable influence over the results they achieve, writes Philip Cripps, CEO of […]
With over 26 years’ experience, leading UK manufacturer Thomas Sanderson has helped many thousands of customers to restyle, shade and change their homes with hand-crafted, made-to-measure window blinds and shutters, writes John Burbedge. This spotlight is on a company that expertly handles the shade, but sustains a bright performance that [...]
This niche employment law firm based in central Reading continues to go from strength to strength welcoming an additional two lawyers into its rapidly growing practice. The firm continues to punch above its weight providing legal advice to the likes of Blenheim Palace as well as professional sports clubs.
Broadcast systems integrator TSL Systems equips and services TV studios around the world. Managing director Jeremy Rees talks to Tim Wickham about the company’s moves into the corporate and education worlds, as well as fibre cable installation.
Recruitment agency Anderselite operates in a highly-competitive sector where staff loyalty is hard to win. Chief executive officer Simon Trippick tells Tim Wickham why he thinks employee share ownership is the answer to maintaining that loyalty.
Snows Motor Group recently added the Mercedes-Benz van franchise in Exeter, bringing its impressive line-up to 18 automotive brands. Group chairman Stephen Snow tells Tim Wickham you can never afford to stand still in the motor business.
After a multi-award winning 2017, Hampshire-based Crayfern Homes is looking forward to an equally promising 2018. Alison Tilley asked sales and marketing manager Jon Hayward what continued evolution will bring … and whether it’ll still look as pretty.
One of the region’s oldest law firms celebrates its bicentennial in 2018. Paris Smith’s senior partner Nick Vaughan, and managing partner Peter Taylor, tell Tim Wickham success has always been about having the right clients and the right staff.
If you own (say) 25% of the shares in a private company which is worth (say) £1 million, what do you think will happen to those shares on your death? Michael Cutler, senior partner and head of private client work at Colemans Solicitors LLP, has the answer.
The Government’s long awaited increase in the inheritance tax threshold came into being last year and many people are now expecting their estates to be free from inheritance tax unless their estate exceeds £1 million, but is this correct? Legal director for Gateley plc’s private wealth team, Emma McCarthy, explores […]
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of leading corporate finance deals, HMT is reminiscing on 10 notable transactions from its archives. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy but advising on the disposal of Swift Worldwide Resources to US buyer Wellspring is one of […]
Jeremy Cooper, Crowe Clark Whitehill managing partner of the Thames Valley office, invited journalist John Burbedge to talk to national partner Jim Gee, the firm’s head of forensic and counter fraud services.
Writes Matthew Farrant, partner, Haines Watts ... Chartered accountants Haines Watts presents a series of articles based on its blogs. It offers analysis, reviews and comments and welcomes your feedback at hwca.com/blog Although the concept of the cloud has been around since at least the 1970s, it has become mainstream [...]
As part of our plan for 2018, many of us will be considering all the things we intended to do or achieve last year, but did not manage to fit in. How are we going to make time for that coaching course we wanted to take, resume our fitness regime, [...]
You have likely seen a great deal of media in recent weeks about employment status, particularly in the emerging gig economy. Much of the debate is in relation to whether the individuals engaged are employees, workers or self-employed, writes Robert Frampton at Herrington Carmichael’s employment department.
At the World Economic Forum it was revealed that by 2025, 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain or blockchain-related technology. In short, blockchain is set to revolutionise transactions and business operations forever, writes Jason Mitchell, partner and head of technology at MHA MacIntyre Hudson.
Employee health and wellbeing is something that all organisations should be thinking about, yet according to recent research, only 8%¹ of workplaces currently have a standalone health and wellbeing strategy in place. And 35% of workers receive no benefits at all.² Of course, many companies do offer benefits like private [...]
Now that the UK is looking more likely to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, it is a good time for EU citizens who wish to stay in the UK to look into securing their future here, writes Richard Devall, partner, IBB solicitors. This article sets out the three [...]
A recent study carried out as part of the Haines Watts ‘For Love or Money’ survey has indicated that business owners who are able to step back and focus predominantly on strategic planning are twice as likely to run fast-growth businesses. Developing a fully-formed, strategic plan ultimately frees up more [...]
The world of work is changing fast – and employers must ensure they keep pace in order to ‘future proof’ their businesses, writes Danielle Kingdon, partner, Osborne Clarke. Who will carry out your work, where and under what employment model are all important questions to consider against the background of [...]
Data protection regulation is not everyone’s cup of tea, and by not everyone, I mean most people. This is despite the fact that handling personal information about employees, including often sensitive personal information, is a fundamental part of an employer’s obligations and functions, writes Katie Harris, senior solcitor of Herrington […]
The firm’s residential property team received the bronze award for conveyancing excellence for the southern region at the prestigious 2017 ESTAS Awards. The award was announced by TV property expert Phil Spencer.
The leading association of independent accountancy firms, MHA has been providing an insight into the UK’s manufacturing and engineering landscape over the past six years with its annual Manufacturing and Engineering Survey, writes Kate Arnott, partner, head of manufacturing in the Thames Valley. Drawing on national and regional insight from [...]
Whether you believe in climate change or not, it is clear from the events both at home and abroad that your business needs to be prepared and protected. Floods, and fires 2017 has seen the UK affected by a number of weather-related incidents. Storm Doris caused major disruption in [...]
Whatever the post-Brexit deal is that we strike with the EU, the trade terms are unlikely to be as favourable as the ones we currently have, writes Kapil Davda, director, Haines Watts. To remain profitable UK businesses reliant on exports to the EU, or those which have an EU labour [...]
Yateley-based Strand Europe is powering ahead after securing an exclusive licence with Kodak to manufacture and distribute batteries worldwide through to 2023. Building on its success with the well-known brand, the company also has the rights to supply Kodak’s LED bulbs and products such as flashlights, power banks and chargers. [...]
In uncertain times, making the right call can be the difference between success and failure, so knowing how we make decisions can be enormously beneficial. According to Professor Patricia Riddell, a specialist in neuroscience and tutor on Henley Business School’s Advanced Management Practice programme: “We can become fixated on [...]
Patrick Long, banking and finance partner at Gateley plc, the legal business of law-led professional services firm Gateley, explores the changes we’ve seen in corporate finance throughout 2017 and what we can expect to see in 2018.
On April 6, 2017 the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 became law in Great Britain requiring businesses to publish information annually stating the differences in the average pay and bonuses of their male and female employees.
Education sector accountancy experts from Whitley Stimpson are taking part in three top-flight education-sector conferences in the next few months, starting with the Academies Show at the Birmingham NEC. Whitley Stimpson director Andy Jones explained: “The education sector is constantly changing and evolving at present, and we are continuing [...]
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of leading corporate finance deals, HMT is reminiscing on 10 notable transactions from its archives. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy but the MBO of Donatantonio and subsequent sale of the business have certainly made the list. [...]
The winners of the 2017 Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur of the Year finals are Lauren Prentice of Sense Theatre and Bruce Casalis of Bruce’s Doggy Day Care (BDDC). Prentice started Sense Theatre in 2011 when she was just 21. It originally offered children’s after-school drama clubs, however in 2016 she [...]
Privacy has never been more at risk. Personal information can be acquired, stored and shared on a scale that would have been unimaginable 30 years ago – website tracking, cookies, location tracking apps were the stuff of science fiction. Now the law is catching up. May 25, 2018 will see […]
The future-fit FD For the final part of its Central South Mid Market Campaign this year, accountants and business advisers BDO is partnering with CMA Recruitment Group in Southampton to discover just what it takes to be a successful FD. Innovative, ambitious companies at the forefront of developing new technologies, [...]
Dr Ali Hill, course leader for applied human nutrition at Southampton Solent University, introduces the University’s new nutrition teaching facilities and how local businesses wanting to put health and fitness at the forefront for 2018 can benefit over the coming months… 2017 is coming to an end and we naturally [...]
Thames Valley businesses have much to feel confident about the region’s economic prosperity, but should avoid complacency. That was one of the messages from a thought-provoking Future of Work seminar held in October in the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at Reading’s Madejski Stadium. Guest speakers from professional services firm EY [...]
The inspiring estate on which Bearwood Lakes stands is magnificent in its own natural beauty. It is an oasis of peace, calm and tranquillity, and your very own escape from the hustle and bustle of a modern lifestyle. From the moment you and your personal guests step through the doors [...]
Chartered accountants Haines Watts presents a series of articles based on its blogs. It offers analysis, reviews and comments and welcomes your feedback at hwca.com/blog Talking to clients in recent months, it’s clear that attracting and recruiting talent remains a tough challenge for SMEs, writes Jane Wills, partner, Haines Watts. This is [...]
According to Dr Bernd Vogel, associate professor of leadership and organisational behaviour at Henley Business School, every organisation has its own distinct energy, and the type of energy it generates will have a marked and lasting impact on its ability to maximise the productivity of the business, team or department. [...]
It used to be the town of the three Bs – beer, biscuits and bulbs – now it is set to become by 2050 a smart and sustainable city built on three core environmental themes: • Green Tech: – building on Reading’s established technological business base to ensure the city [...]
Firstly, what is it? With so many new terms and phrases banded about, you could be forgiven for not even knowing what a gig worker is. In simple terms, a gig worker is someone who works on short-term contracts or provides freelance work. It stands in contrast to a full [...]
Technology continues to transform the business world – and with it the scale and scope of its leading edge exponents. Potential dark clouds of Brexit may be gathering, but in the Thames Valley it appears the ‘cloud’ of modern technology is continuing to advance with a very profitable silver lining. [...]
With offices in Chandler’s Ford, Winchester, Poole, Bournemouth and London, Dutton Gregory is an established 70-year-old law firm that conveniently and competently meets the needs of SME to mid-market companies and private individuals throughout Dorset and Hampshire, but also serves major corporate clients who operate nationwide. Journalist John Burbedge spoke […]
Andrew Peddie, corporate partner in Gateley plc’s Reading office, summarises the key aspects of an IPO and what businesses considering it as an alternative to sale or other fundraising options should know before taking the plunge.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of leading corporate finance deals, HMT is reminiscing on 10 notable transactions from its archives. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy but the MBO of Keith Prowse and subsequent sale to Compass Group plc have certainly made [...]
Brunel University London’s key role in both the local and global business communities and its entrepreneurial flair make the Uxbridge-based university an attractive partner for collaboration, writes its deputy vice-chancellor of academic affairs and civic engagement, Professor Bill Leahy Community ties are hugely important to Brunel. We are proud to [...]
Focusing on the day-to-day matters of the business can be all consuming for SME owners and entrepreneurs – as a result they could unwittingly make legal faux pas which have a knock-on effect on the business months or, even, years down the line. Adam Dowdney, a partner in the corporate [...]
Will there always be a place on our roads for a driver’s car? With all the talk of autonomous electric cars cruising down the motorway at 50mph, what future does a thoroughbred sporty saloon have? – writes David Murray
The Charter Building is attracting a diverse range of forward thinking businesses to the west London town Tucked down a short laneway next to Uxbridge station, The Charter Building doesn’t shout loudly about its presence in the west London town. But the new office building is having a huge impact. [...]
West London is a region that operates in plain sight as a major business hub for the UK economy. From the trains speeding along its Thames Valley corridor, to aircraft taking off from its global gateway, and the commercial vehicles using its motorways and highways – not forgetting its vibrant […]
Airsys: No 165 Airsys celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has reached what commercial director Leigh Hope (pictured) describes as a pivotal point in its history. Tim Wickham finds out how the company is ready for the future.
Young entrepreneurs and business owners everywhere have been telling us lately that the pace of change brought about by e-commerce, social media and greater customer expectations has sometimes been overwhelming. If this is you, reframe it and look at the opportunities. Our HWYE competitors have The key point to remember [...]
Andrew Peddie, corporate partner in Gateley plc’s Reading office, summarises the key aspects of an IPO and what businesses considering it as an alternative to sale or other fundraising options should know before taking the plunge Companies that are able to demonstrate high-quality management, good corporate governance and growth prospects [...]
For many managers, a management buyout (MBO) is an exciting, perhaps courageous, move to face the challenges of ownership of your own company, writes Amanda Brockwell, partner at Southampton and Winchester law firm Paris Smith.
HBS Group Southern is aiming to turnover £45 million by 2020. That might sound like an ambitious target for a business that plumber Harry Bull began in 1950 from the back of his house in Netley, Southampton. But reaching such a milestone is more than achievable for this third-generation family […]
Volkswagen is not known for extravagant design or going off-piste. Cars like the Golf and Polo exude conservative style and thoroughly reliable performance. They are cars you think of as essentially Germanic, without wanting to reinforce stereotypes – writes David Murray.
By David Murray The DS might look like a Citroen, but I don’t think the French car manufacturer likes you to call it a Citroen. DS Automobiles is a brand in its own right – in the same way that Infiniti is not be confused with Nissan.
In 2013 the Government changed Permitted Development Rights legislation to allow developers to convert offices to residential use without the need for full planning consent. The developments can be delivered with 100% private units, in other words without the inclusion of the social rented or shared ownership accommodation that is […]
If your business sends or receives international payments, currency movement can potentially have a detrimental impact on your bottom line. HiFX provides international payments and FX hedging solutions for businesses; here, Chris Towner, corporate director, examines how you can protect your business from adverse market moves.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of leading corporate finance deals, HMT is reminiscing on 10 notable transactions from its archives. Having completed over 500 deals, producing a shortlist of 10 has not been easy but the MBO of Whistl led by CEO Nick Wells has certainly made the list.
The pre-action protocol for debt claims came into force on October 1, 2017 and will have an impact on any business with an exposure to debts due from individuals, writes Robert Syms, partner, dispute resolution, Herrington Carmichael LLP.
It’s almost inevitable that businesses will occasionally find themselves involved in disputes over such issues as commercial contracts, negligent advice from professionals or even shareholders themselves falling out, writes Irene Dallas of Dallas & Co Solicitors.
Over the past 20 years the digital revolution has ushered in an era of 24-7 wireless internet, cloud-based storage, HD streaming and new concepts such as Internet of Things and smart technology. This has transformed the way we work, live and play, and as a consequence, powerful, high-bandwidth digital connectivity […]
Participants in the loan market and their advisers have much to think about. Finance directors may consider refinancing early to obtain finance committed beyond Brexit, in case liquidity decreases as the process evolves. Lawyers may need to consider changes to the laws regarding security. Rich Eldridge, partner, head of corporate […]
National planning, design and environmental consultancy, Pegasus Group is celebrating a 10-year anniversary in its Bracknell office, following a move to larger premises earlier this year to The Columbia Centre in order to accommodate a growth in staff numbers.
Aside from being a world-class golf course, Bearwood Lakes provides the perfect space to conduct business, entertain clients and host meetings. Whether on the course, in the clubhouse or within the various meeting rooms, work at Bearwood Lakes needn’t feel like work at all Unrivalled attention to detail Set amidst [...]
The 2016 Brexit vote had a significant impact on the world economy. Much has been made of the ‘hard vs soft’ Brexit but at the time of writing it looks like ‘hard’ may prevail, writes Adam Lloyd, VAT consultant, Haines Watts.
In a world where uncertainty and disruption are norms, it is vital that companies and their strategic advisers widen their strategy lens and further refine their strategy development skills When iTunes came into the music industry, it caused massive disruption overnight. It took an outsider to say: “There’s fat in [...]
Are you a young entrepreneur with an outstanding and innovative business? One way of presenting it to the world is to enter competitions like Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur award The 2017 HWYE competition has now closed and our judges are currently choosing the best entries from around the Thames Valley [...]
The recent South Coast Property Awards was a resounding endorsement and testament to the enthusiasm, commitment and skill in the property industry across the South Coast region. The breadth and depth of talent is evident, as is the fantastic work being done to make this area a better place. But, […]
The University of Southampton Science Park was recently named as Workplace Environment of the Year in the South Coast Property Awards 2017. So what makes it an effective working environment for almost 100 companies based there?
CBRE’s biannual office research shows that total take-up in Southampton for the first half 2017 was 53,086 sq ft. Deal flow has been relatively steady, with several individual lettings of over 10,000 sq ft, the largest of which was at the newly rebranded Hampshire House, Chandler’s Ford. In two separate […]
The Mary Rose Museum has launched a premium silver service package that provides corporate guests with an unforgettable dining experience while enjoying stunning views of Henry VIII’s flagship Parties of up to 50 guests are invited to take their seat on the museum’s highest gallery to enjoy unparalleled views of [...]
Southampton’s ambitious city centre Master Plan has played a pivotal role in the city’s transformation over the past five years, delivering almost £2 billion worth of development with proposals for at least a further £1b in the pipeline.
EY is proud to be part of the thriving business community across the South Coast, which includes some of the world’s leading companies which have established a European base in the region, writes James Harris, partner at EY Southampton.
Businesses of all shapes and sizes are rushing to take advantage of the cloud, with easier remote working and reduced capital costs just some of the benefits. Today, more than four in five UK organisations have formally adopted at least one cloud service
In the past few months, there has been considerable media focus on onerous leasehold terms imposed in relation to some new build leasehold properties, including cases of freeholders charging ground rents which increase from fairly nominal levels to many thousands of pounds in the later years of lease terms. Such […]
From April 2018, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will make it unlawful for commercial landlords to grant a new lease or lease renewal for a building which fails to meet the minimum energy ratings set.
Tenants are queuing up for newly refurbished serviced office accommodation at Boston House, Grove Business Park Since the relaunch of Boston House Business Centre in May, six companies employing a total of 24 staff have signed deals with all but one now operating out of the newly refurbished premises. They [...]
Kevin Gaskell is a successful businessman and adventurer. When he’s not trekking to Mount Everest or walking to the North or South Poles, he’s turning around companies, or starting up new and exciting business ventures. Gaskell loves a challenge, writes Tamsin Napier Munn.
The teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics really matters. And it matters a lot to the Thames Valley economy. The numbers employed across the region and in associated supply chains make employment in these technical disciplines a critical factor on which future growth and prosperity depends For too many [...]
Skilled employees are the backbone of any successful organisation. Like any valuable asset it makes sense to protect them and many regulations have been passed to ensure that every person gets treated well at work, writes Adam Jeffs of Jelf The problem is that employment law is often complex and [...]
“It’ll take longer to explain to someone else how to do it, so I just do it myself.” We’ve heard it many times, but in today’s collaborative business context, it’s not an approach that is generally productive.
EY was delighted to support ConnectTVT as it unveiled its latest cohort of 50 Game Changers in the Thames Valley. For the second year, the platform joining the tech and digital dots across the region, has brought together the tech and powerhouses of tomorrow. The 50 Game Changers seeks to consolidate […]
A merger is when two business entities agree to continue as a single form. An acquisition is when one entity takes over another and establishes itself as the new owner. For legal purposes acquisitions can be characterised as either ‘asset purchases’, in which the seller sells business assets to the […]
With increasing numbers of people suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, mental wellbeing is becoming a serious priority for UK employers Cardinal Clinic, the only independent mental health clinic in Berkshire, Brighter Berkshire, a community-led, year-long mental health initiative and the IoD Berkshire, the UK’s longest-running [...]
For many, cloud computing with its associated complexities and possible vulnerabilities of how, where and who may access your data, is proving to be a mixed blessing and the adage that every cloud has a silver lining is sometimes hard to recognise, writes Russell Cook, managing director, SIRE Technology.
The countdown is on until the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) apply from May 25 2018. Although it’s still a few months away, it does contain some onerous obligations, many of which will take some time to prepare for, so action needs to be taken immediately. B P Collins’ corporate […]
If you think your business is doing OK this autumn, remember that even trees that have flourished can lose their leaves and become bare once more The point is, nothing is perfect and things can always be improved. From your product offering to your service, never stop innovating if you [...]
Meredith Smith, business, community and graduate manager at Southampton Solent University, says it’s hugely important for universities to work closely with local businesses to have a positive impact on the local economy… As a university, Solent strives to support students by creating as many real-world opportunities as possible during and [...]
Following the news that Oxford University artificial intelligence start up DiffBlue has raised £17 million to revolutionise the way code is developed and tested, it’s clear that artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming big business in the Thames Valley, writes Wendy Hart, corporate finance partner at Grant Thornton.
The GDPR will come into force shortly. So what should you be doing? There is much that you can do now to ensure timely compliance in your business, write Laura Trapnell, LLP partner, and Arezou Rezai, solicitor, of Paris Smith LLP.
With a strong vision and ambitious plans for growth, Portsmouth has established its position as a great business and investment hub With a key focus on sustainable economic growth and regeneration, the city has a reputation for playing host to leading businesses, and for fostering a strong business community. The […]
A new marketing campaign will highlight a treasure trove of world-class attractions on the doorstep of Portsmouth International Port, as well as the wide range of destinations passengers can reach from ‘Britain’s best connected port’. The banner headline, ‘Portsmouth Takes You There’, will be used on all marketing activity at [...]
Imagine an organisation with a property investment portfolio worth £110 million, one which owns several successful businesses, enjoys a £3.5m sponsorship deal with one of the world’s top airlines and, most impressively - one which pumps 100% of its profits into the local community. Chances are you wouldn’t envisage this [...]
We can all learn from NHS cyber attack, says Fareham firm, Taylor Made Computer Solutions The NHS faced its highest profile cyber attack to date recently. But what can Hampshire businesses and organisations learn from the attack? Nigel Taylor, managing director of Fareham-based Taylor Made Computer Solutions gives his view [...]
How can a business build its fortune while the world is spinning so unpredictably, when even experts are flummoxed by the alarming rate of political change? Accountants and advisers BDO share some insights from the local and global business perspective – and case histories from two companies named among the […]
Annelies James, business development manager at Solent University, busts some apprenticeship myths and explains why you should consider upskilling your staff The Government apprenticeship reform has been implemented to encourage economic growth, increase UK productivity and to plug workforce skills gaps, particularly within higher-level roles. The vision is to increase [...]
“There are things other than a desk that help people do their best work,” stated innovation and inspirational change specialist Kursty Groves. An experiential workplace environment that motivates staff to enjoy achieving their company’s commercial purpose, can be key, explained Groves during an enlightening breakfast seminar staged by commercial property […]
Real estate partner John Downs in the hotels and leisure team at national law firm Gateley plc explores the transformational trend of turning offices into hotels, specifically looking at the property aspects and potential tax incentive benefits.
Whatever you want to achieve in life will involve influencing other people, so inevitably, those who are most influential will be the most successful According to Peter Nelson, programme director for Henley’s Influence and Impact programme: “Whether you’re a manager wishing to influence up to your board, or down to [...]
It’s little more than a decade since Peter Hart and Derek Simpson launched technical recruitment consultancy Austin Fraser from a garage in Reading Within a year they had achieved their first million and, by the end of their recent financial year in February 2017, turnover was just over £40 million, [...]
HMT established its debt advisory business in September 2015. Led by partner Chris Gow and associate director Adrian Howells, the 12 months to July 2017 were excellent for the franchise with nine deals completed and c£60 million debt arranged.
Cyber-crime is on the increase, with the recent attack on the NHS causing significant operational difficulties at a national level. Although it has been around for a long time, the attacks are becoming more effective and now pose a real and current threat to business continuity.
In this, the season of summer holidays and exam results, many young people will be at a crossroads; university will be the goal for some, while others may be considering apprenticeships – and an intrepid number will start their own businesses Young entrepreneurs are vital to our economy – they’re [...]
EY’s Region and City Economic Forecast highlighted the exciting prospects for the competitiveness of Reading and the Thames Valley. A thriving and economically prosperous region with UK-leading growth forecasts, Reading and the Thames Valley are expected to outperform the rest of the UK until 2019, writes Richard Baker, EY’s managing […]
Christopher Avery, head of the Reading office of national law firm Gateley plc, explores Reading as the commercial capital of the south detailing how the tech industry has continued to expand across the region and how the town has rapidly become a haven for international businesses, despite the disruptions of […]
New investment in national infrastructure has long been celebrated for its ability to drive growth through investment, job creation and new business opportunities, which is why developments such as the Crossrail expansion will be met with welcome applause when it opens next year, writes Nick Gray, city development manager, CityFibre [...]
The Savills Reading team of multi-disciplinary property advisers was set up in the town in 2013, since when it has doubled its staffing and service offering, while experiencing and ably handling a dramatic growth in major development schemes within Reading and its Thames Valley environs. John Burbedge spoke to its […]
Every month Charles Kendall Freight successfully moves thousands of product shipments around the world from A to B, with complete C – Compliance, a potentially challenging post-Brexit area, writes John Burbedge Will future UK traders face custom-checks at every EU national border? Could computerised clearances be replaced by bureaucratic paperwork? [...]
On Tuesday April 11 Regal Court reopened with a newly refurbished reception. Many poured out of their offices to come and see the new reception and celebrate. Spectacular food was catered by a local company, JJ Catering, which brought a selection of hot food a large finger buffet, and scrumptious […]
Professor Steffen Lehmann, Director of the Innovation Cluster for Sustainable Cities at the University of Portsmouth, talks about his work with local community and industry to develop strategic guidance and impact for Portsmouth’s urban future and regeneration What is the series of Urban Breakfast events you have recently organised? The [...]
One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is dealing with difficult conversations, and even the most knowledgeable manager can lack confidence when having to deal with a disciplinary issue, internal conflict or challenging performance management discussions.
Firms often hold back in times of uncertainty when it comes to driving growth. But it’s at times like this that they should get on with that they do best – taking opportunities when they arise, while keeping an eye on external risks, writes Yann Souillard, head of London & […]
The Oxford office of law firm Penningtons Manches continues to go from strength to strength. The past 12 months has seen its specialist teams complete a string of successful deals, welcome prominent new recruits and launch exciting new initiatives.
Nicola Hartland, CEO of Xcel Sales, has spent over a decade advising clients on how to improve their sales strategies. Over the years, she’s refined her style to gain maximum impact and she shares her top 10 tips to immediately boost your B2B sales results. Don’t make it about you When you’re […]
March’s triggering of Article 50 marked the beginning of the two-year countdown to Brexit, and for many Oxford businesses, it’s already time to look at new growth opportunities well beyond traditional European markets. Helping them to identify the right targets and future partners is Barclays’ corporate and business banking team, […]
This year is a momentous one for Oxford and Oxfordshire. The opening on October 24 of Westgate Oxford, after years of talking and planning, will see the city transformed – and able to compete at last with its near neighbours.
Southampton Solent University has been ranked ninth in the sector for graduate start-ups, according to the latest data released by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The annual Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey looks at how universities interact and exchange knowledge with the wider world. […]
Revealed as last year’s top UK property hotspot, Slough is set to provide a wealth of investment opportunities for buyers, none so much as Shanly Homes’ Trinity. The scheme on Windsor Road, which has been inspired by famous astronomer William Herschel, will provide 114 brand new homes.
The triggering of Article 50 will definitely change the UK business landscape. How will it affect the ‘temperature’ of our local economy? From our informed contributor responses, it is clear that Brexit concerns currently overshadow business agendas.
Helping Slough-based businesses thrive: Slough Business Accelerator Slough is, by just about every reported indicator,* a thriving town and a jewel in the crown of the South East. Situated between London and Reading, it retains a distinctive character and advantages over those two cities that are leading it to reliably […]
Slough is undoubtedly one of the most diverse and tech-savvy towns in the UK, renowned as a hub for blue-chip businesses and start-ups. In fact, a recent report by ‘Centre for Cities’ announced that Slough has the second highest GVA per worker, behind only London. The same report also cited […]
April sees Oxfordshire-based Tibbetts Group relocate into smart new premises in Banbury. The move consolidates the company’s four operations in the town under one roof and provides room for future expansion, as managing director, Jonathan Tibbetts, explains.
Jonathan Williamson, partner in Blandy & Blandy LLP’s leading corporate team and cross border M&A specialist, gives his insight into recent cross border M&A trends, a 2017 outlook and his practical advice for getting cross-border deals over the line.
The virtual world of social media is already influencing real markets. Yet too few Thames Valley companies are currently embedding social media interaction such as Twitter and Instagram into their everyday retail operations, says Pete Doyle, founder of the SocialRetail Group.
The corporate and commercial team at IBB Solicitors works with many family-run businesses trying to balance the challenge of looking to provide decent returns for the current owners with a desire to see their legacy continue into the next generation, writes Adam Dowdney, corporate and commercial partner.
We are navigating unchartered territory since the Vote Leave camp won the referendum in June 2016. Since then, business groups have been seeking clarity around how its members will be affected, particularly about the status of international employees working in the UK. Despite constant hypotheses from the media and learning […]
Prolific. Dynamic. Progressive. Just some of the words that have been used to describe the criminal practice within Eric Robinson Solicitors and while many prefer to keep this area of law in the shadows, the firm’s pride of success in this area of law has led to a respect and […]