New year, new office, new Slough?

    With the new year comes new beginnings and opportunities, especially with the growth and changes in Slough. At Regal Court we are excited to see what the future holds.

    Paused planning permission accepted

    Five councils, including Fareham, Portsmouth and Gosport have agreed to halt acceptance of planning permissions, following advice from Natural England. This decision comes after Natural England has determined that the nitrate level in the Solent is too high and the property developments are only accelerating this issue.

    M&A deal market: predictions for 2020

    Ian Barton, a partner in Quantuma’s corporate finance team, provides a brief review of M&A deal activity in 2019 and looks ahead to 2020, providing his thoughts on what might happen.

    Are you ready for new off-payroll rules?

    Proposed reforms to the IR35 rules on off-payroll working due in April 2020 will impact an estimated 60,000 medium and large businesses in addition to public sector entities, say David Williams-Richardson, employer solutions partner, and James Tetley, corporate tax partner, RSM.

    Recruitment issues from IR35 change

    If you carry out contract work or engage contractors, you’ll likely be affected by IR35 rules that are about to change. Gavin Dent, regional director at recruitment company Roc Search, explains what you need to know.

    Building mental wellbeing into business culture

    Anglepoise was thrilled to be awarded first place at the Solent Business Awards, for the inaugral Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing award. There was tough opposition and some big companies in the category, making it even more rewarding to receive recognition in this important area, writes James Wakley, director of finance and operations at Anglepoise.

    Business: keeping it in the family

            Though it often goes unsaid, family businesses form part of the country’s backbone. But how resilient are they, writes George Style, partner, Haines Watts?

    Impact of DD on valuation in challenging times

    The impact of the current economic uncertainties on businesses, particularly in the retail and real estate sectors is well-documented. However, deals are still happening, particularly in the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) space, writes Jonathan Thornton of Quantuma.

    How to plan if you’re considering investment in 2020

    For entrepreneurs and their advisers, 2020 promises to be an interesting year, one way or another, writes BGF investor James Austin.

    Hawkins’ VR view of the future

    Mike Hawkins, managing director of the Hawkins Group of Companies, talks about how he’s taking the Thames Valley Business Magazine Award’s Dynamic Business of the Year into new growth dimensions, writes Tim Wickham.

    Blandy & Blandy LLP Employment Seminars

    SEMINAR: Employment status – Steering the path through IR35 How can you prepare for the changes to off-payroll working rules?

    A regular column providing answers to your legal questions

    Q  I had a meeting with an employee about performance. He has now gone off sick and may exhaust three months sick pay but I’ll still have to deal with the performance issues. What do I do?

    Employment law – don’t be an April fool

    At this time of the year, many organisations will be looking ahead to what 2020 has in store for them. Moorcrofts employment partner Matt Jenkin outlines a number of key employment law changes which are coming into effect on April 6, 2020 and helps us understand how these may impact on our businesses. Holiday pay [...]

    Driving car recycling to new level

    Poole-based Charles Trent describes its innovative new vehicle recycling facility as an eco-friendly game changer. Tim Wickham finds out why from managing director Marc Trent.

    Raise a glass to the success of Siren Craft Brew

    Take one man with a passion for beer, money in the bank and time on his hands and you have the recipe for one very successful business.

    Mapping out your IT

    Satnav is the car industry’s answer to a plan – getting you from A to B without distracting you with a traditional map or relying on the person next to you for directions to get to your destination. As technology has advanced, we’re seeing the adoption of heads-up-display, pre-planned journeys sent to vehicles, integration of […]

    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.