Keep adapting, keep moving to help Thames Valley’s tech sector thrive

    Never standing still and constantly adapting has helped the Thames Valley’s tech sector thrive, says Boyes Turner chief executive Andrew Chalkley – just like the specialist tech law firm itself.

    Positive messages for SMEs seeking backing from private equity

    National audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe hosted this roundtable at the Thames Lido in Reading looking at the current state of the private equity (PE) market in the Thames Valley. Tim Wickham reports.

    A regular column providing answers to your legal questions

    Welcome to the bi-monthly column in which experts from IBB solicitors answer legal questions submitted by you.

    Sunny outlook at Shorefield Holidays

    Shorefield Holidays operates eight holiday parks across Hampshire and Dorset. As it geared up for the busy summer season, reporter Tim Wickham dropped by to find out why the family-run enterprise is more popular than ever. Shorefield Holidays: No 141 It takes a family to know what makes a great family holiday. Shorefield Holidays was [...]

    OS maps its digital future

    Rebecca Paterson, Ordnance Survey’s chief strategy and marketing officer, tells Tim Wickham how the venerable cartographer leads the world in geospatial data gathering and mapping. Ordnance Survey: No 21 You’d expect a mapmaker to find a handy location for its head office. The impressive Ordnance Survey (OS) building on the outskirts of Southampton is conveniently [...]

    Employment status is about to become even more taxing

    From April 6, 2020, the private sector will be brought in line with the public sector in relation to the IR35 tax regime, which will imply new requirements on to fee-payers in a consultancy arrangement, writes Alistair McArthur, partner, head of employment law, and Katie Harris, senior solicitor, employment law at Herrington Carmichael. What is [...]

    Blandy & Blandy LLP named as top-ranked firm

    Blandy & Blandy’s leading probate, tax and trusts team has been recognised in the top tier for ‘private wealth law’ in the recently published Chambers High Net Worth Guide. The firm is one of only two based in Reading to be ranked in the top tier in the new edition, and the only firm with [...]

    Sector Spotlight: healthcare services

    writes Fardeen Nairman, director, corporate finance, Quantuma Background Global healthcare expenditure is increasing at an unprecedented rate and is projected to exceed $10 trillion by 2022. This growth is as a result of a combination of economic, financial and social factors. Ageing and growing populations, better diagnosis of chronic diseases, rising labour costs and advances [...]

    Catch provides a safe pair of hands in IT recruitment

    As finance and operations director of IT recruitment specialist Catch Resource Management, Rose Clarke is passionate about the importance of building long-term relationships with clients and candidates alike. The consultancy specialises in ERP recruitment, specifically within the NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and JD Edwards marketplace. Following a successful management buyout a year ago, Catch’s most [...]

    Lantern switches on Maidenhead office supply

    Maidenhead is changing. If you have visited recently you’ll have seen the town centre continues to experience significant regeneration –there are now unprecedented levels of new development underway. Residential-led schemes are at the forefront of this evolution, with sites now being cleared and prepared at three separate ends of the town centre; in each case [...]

    Battle for talent – attracting and retaining staff

    writes Peter Wright, partner, Haines Watts For owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the recruitment quest has never been tougher. A ‘perfect storm’ of factors – including record-low unemployment, Brexit and the shifting expectations of millennials (those aged roughly between 22 and 36) – means employers are having to work harder and smarter to […]

    It’s all about regeneration

    It may be the constituency of our previous prime minister Theresa May, but there’s little else about Maidenhead that you would consider past-it. Indeed, with the prospect of Maidenhead becoming a Western station on the London tube map, once Crossrail has arrived, the attractiveness of the town will grow. Trains from London to Maidenhead used [...]

    Seeing the benefits of flex appeal

    The meteoric rise of demand from serviced office operators has attracted much attention over the past 18 months. While the trend reflects deep structural changes in how occupiers will increasingly use workspace, this is just the beginning. Rippling out Having taken hold in Central London, the emphatic growth in demand from serviced office providers has [...]

    South Coast industrial and office markets stable in H1 2019

    The South Coast market has remained buoyant in the first half of 2019, in spite of a slightly slow start to the year, writes James Brounger, regional managing director, CBRE. Industrial/warehouse The rise in e-commerce and, with that, the increase in technology use have been key drivers across the South Coast, with an encouraging resurgence [...]

    A win for property developers

    Have you bought a derelict property since March 2016? Did you pay a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge on the purchase of that property? If so, you could be due a refund, writes Claire Bunton, associate solicitor, Dutton Gregory. On April 1, 2016, the Government introduced the SDLT surcharge for purchases of additional residential [...]

    Opportunities for growth in climate of uncertainty

    As we move in to the second half of 2019 there remains a high level of uncertainty, writes Dave Hales, managing partner, EY. Despite this, there are still plenty of opportunities for growth, although challenges in the short to medium term are making it increasingly difficult for businesses to make future investment plans; particularly if [...]

    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.