Business outlook 2020: What does the year ahead have in store?

    With the prospect of a fresh new government in-store and the possibility that the UK might finally move forward with leaving the EU, there’s plenty for businesses to look forward to in 2020, particularly given the enduring uncertainty that has lingered over the UK economy since the result of the Brexit referendum back in 2016.

    Unearthing innovation with R&D

    writes Kapil Davda, director, Haines Watts. Tax benefits hidden within your work could give you an edge on your competitors. Uncovering innovation within a business is rarely a simple process. You’ll often find it buried within different aspects of an organisation, and in some cases it’s even outsourced. Sadly, only a fraction of eligible companies [...]

    Global growth driven by local talent

    Providing young people with the environment and culture to develop their careers has been key to Roc Search’s success over the past decade.

    We’re expanding – Cyprus, Mauritius …… Maidenhead

    Quantuma has announced the arrival of Jonathan Thornton as a partner to head up its new transaction services offering.

    Creating the future

    – the importance of succession planning and family governance.

    Introducing transaction services at Quantuma

    Quantuma has announced the arrival of Jonathan Thornton as a partner to head up its new transaction services offering.

    HSBC UK – Bringing people and purpose to the Solent

    At a time of uncertainty, political events dominating the news agenda and businesses contending with an ever-growing burden of regulation, HSBC UK is committing resources to helping customers navigate through a challenging period.

    Overseas success in uncertain times

    Unprecedented economic uncertainty, global trade wars and potential Brexit threats are distractions that businesses looking to grow can overcome, writes Arbinder Chatwal, Southampton-based partner at accountants and business adviser BDO. Now is the time to seize the initiative, he urges, but not before doing your research.

    How to rid your business of growing pains and gear up for investment

    Firstly, businesses often don’t have the working capital to invest in significant expansion plans, writes Richard Hall, director at KPMG on the South Coast.

    Industrial market in limbo

    While remaining resilient in a challenging current political climate, Reading industrial market for the first three quarters of 2019 was in limbo. It now needs to play catch up in the last quarter if it is going to perform equally to 2018, writes Neil Seager.

    Taking on a new lease? Don’t just think short term

    There are two areas where, as an office occupier taking on a new lease, you can ‘win’ or ‘lose’ – the immediate commercial terms, and the commercial terms that bite or benefit in the future, writes Hannah Rodgers, leasing and acquisition graduate surveyor at Campbell Gordon.

    Major Gosport waterfront site disposal

    A former redundant Ministry of Defence site in Gosport has recently been purchased by a national marine and ship repair company, UK Docks, a sale which is set to transform the area and boost the local economy.

    Across the Spectrum of office fit-out needs

    Since 1975, the team at Spectrum Workplace has been working in close partnership with ambitious businesses to really identify their needs and devise solutions to help increase productivity, retain top talent and aid business growth, writes Jim Fidler, partner and workplace consultant, Spectrum.

    Interesting ways that companies invest to diversify

    These days, it is important for all companies to consider how to diversify their income streams. While some do this by launching new products or by entering new markets, there are other ways of doing this successfully.

    Creating the sense of a vibrant, urban business community

    The Earley Buildings are set to introduce the sense of vibrant, urban business community to the Thames Valley as part of the vision that their new owner, Spear Street Capital, has for the properties it invests in and develops.

    On an upward Curve

    Its been another big year for Bracknell-based Curve Workplaces which has seen a further increase in turnover, this time by over 60%, taking the business from £5.8 million to just over £9.5m.

    The brave new world of business borrowing

    In the space of just one generation the borrowing landscape for businesses has shifted dramatically. Foreign banks, private debt funds, peer-to-peers and small specialist lenders have shaken up the market but left many SMEs understandably disorientated. Business owners sense they may be missing a trick by sticking with their high street bank but are failing […]

    Seminar urges attendees to nurture talent and proudly promote our thriving ‘Silicon Corridor’

    Despite Brexit uncertainty, the future of the Thames Valley – the UK’s ‘Silicon Corridor’ – looks bright as a powerhouse of the national economy. But, what is its future as a recognised global leader?

    Thames Valley offices in focus

    The Thames Valley office market has seen a rapid improvement in occupier fundamentals over the past 12 months, according to data and analysis from the CoStar Group, writes Henry Murray, market analyst.

    Are robots taking over?

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is a popular theme for movies and science fiction novels.  Robots taking over the world and posing a threat to human existence in a dystopian future – from Skynet in The Terminator to The Matrix – it can seem a scary concept.

    Paris Smith: on song with the YMCA

    Southampton-based law firm Paris Smith is a major supporter of local charities and delighted to count YMCA Fairthorne Group as both a client and a member of its Charity Forum information exchange. The Business Magazine looks at how the relationship has evolved.

    Who are Oberon Solutions?

    As a recruitment, HR and payroll service provider, we launched with the vision and mission of providing 360-degree support to businesses. When we were deciding what to call ourselves, we focused on names that represented a circular shape or translated as ‘support’, writes Charlotte Bellfield of Oberon.

    Welcome to Network Eagle Lab

    Earlier this year, Barclays was appointed by Southampton City Council to manage Network Eagle Lab, Southampton’s new unique co-working space at the Marlands Shopping Centre.

    Howbery Business Park celebrates its 25th anniversary

    Not every business park can boast a historic manor house surrounded by legacy trees and an estate which can be traced back to the 15th century, but then Howbery Park is proud to be a business park with a difference.

    Top marks for Barclays as Glanvilles expands

    This summer marks an exciting time for South Coast legal firm Glanvilles, which has just expanded into larger, new premises in Chichester and invested in the latest technology to further improve the service it provides to clients.

    The Internet is an easy target to blame for the woes of retailers, but when 62.1% of 11,000 consumers surveyed stated that UK retailers were not working hard enough to create a shopping experience worth the time and cost of visiting their stores, there is good reason to look in the mirror.

    Sector Spotlight: manufacturing

    writes Fardeen Nariman, director, corporate finance.

    Reasons to be positive

    There is no doubt we are in a period of market and geopolitical volatility. This makes specialist navigation all the more important. We live in a continually unpredictable and complex world. Global trade has softened, manufacturing activity has slowed, and political uncertainty has elevated.

    Success leads to a change at the top for BDO in the Thames Valley

    In February of this year BDO announced it had merged with Moore Stephens LLP, making it the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firm focused on mid-sized, entrepreneurially-spirited businesses.

    The groundwork and foundations of leadership

    You do not need to work in the property industry to know the importance a property’s foundations have on its structural stability. The foundations of leadership are in the relationships we build. Tall buildings need deep foundations, great leaders need to build strong relationships.

    Celebrating 50 years of award-winning housebuilding

    When owner and founder of Shanly Homes, Michael Shanly, built his first property in Pinner, Middlesex in 1969, it would have been difficult to imagine that 50 years later, this Beaconsfield-based company would have grown to more than 200-people strong and built over 12,000 new homes, many of which have been delivered in the Thames […]

    Improving the working environment to attract and retain staff

    At Amiri we are passionate about creating exceptional environments that people will enjoy, writes Mark Vincent.