Problems you did not know you had

When I was asked to write an article for this newsletter I was initially nervous, I wrote a short column some years ago and remember struggling to come up with things to write about andRead more

What does Thursday’s General Election mean for M&A?

Both the main parties have promised changes to the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) rules in their manifestos. But what do they mean for people looking to buy and sell businesses? The Conservatives want to updateRead more

What’s reducing the value of your business?

It’s fair to say that this isn’t the first thing a business owner is likely to think about every day. This is particularly true in the SME sector, especially in owner-managed businesses. The business ticksRead more

Life after sale – what happens next?

Your business has been your life. You’ve been consumed by its needs and now the pressure’s off.  Here you are in the calm after the storm. People find it very difficult to imagine what their life willRead more

Data privacy – could it affect the value of your business?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently announced big fines imposed on Flybe and Honda because of the way they have responded to new privacy legislation. Are you aware of the legislation – and could itRead more

What does the snap election mean for business sales?

Theresa May has today surprised many by announcing a surprise snap general election on 8 June. The election is likely to be seen as a kind of referendum on Brexit and in particular the government’sRead more

Is your business ready to receive an offer?

Last week, The Times told us ‘an M&A bonanza’ could be on the way as Dealogic announced nearly $70bn worth of deals in Q1 2017. Is your business ready to cash in?   Here areRead more

R&D tax credits – a great advert for your business

Buried in the small print of the Budget was a line telling us to expect more publicity this year around Research & Development (R&D) tax credits. So what are they – and why are theyRead more

Budget 2017 – Highlights for business owners

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has delivered his budget speech and we’ve summarised the highlights for business owners:   Opportunities for entrepreneurs The Chancellor has set UK productivity and technical education as the cornerstones for hisRead more

Consider this – wealth planning on selling a business

  At Brown Shipley we have many clients who run their own business; they might be family businesses run for generations or entrepreneurs seizing on an untapped niche in the market. When the time comes,Read more

Investing via EIS

According to HMRC data, during the 2014/15 tax year (latest official figures available) the amount raised by UK companies seeking funding via the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) was a record £1.8bn. This was an increaseRead more

Let’s Party – Compliantly!

It’s that time again. Whether your company has thrived or struggled to stay afloat this year, everyone is looking for the opportunity to party and get in the festive spirit. What better way to doRead more

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