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7 Questions that Investors ask and Businesses need to Answer

Posted 23rd July, 2013 written by Darryl Cooke

What do you do? How do you do it? And why would I buy it? Before you look for the next round of investment, remind yourself that there are a few things you have to know in your sleep. click for more detail ...

Maximising the Value of Your Waste Business

Posted 8th July, 2013 written by Darryl Cooke

Anna Gregory is a Partner at gunnercooke llp, a legal firm that specialises in advising medium and large corporates on acquisitions and disposals of other businesses.Here she shares her outlook and predictions for the sector, and some advice on some of the things to consider if you are involved in a transaction. click for more detail ...

Talking Business - RBS

Posted 23rd May, 2013 written by Oliver Sutton

RBS Invoice Finance is publishing a 16 page supplement called “Talking Business” in The Daily Telegraph. click for more detail ...

Directors' Remuneration - Announcement

Posted 6th November, 2012 written by Neves Solicitors

The Government has published its draft rules on directors’ remuneration, which are scheduled to take effect from October 2013 click for more detail ...

Work-from-home opportunities can help improve morale, advises expert

Posted 23rd October, 2012 written by Vistage

Offering employees the chance to work from home could both improve morale and help with maintaining a healthy work/life balance. click for more detail ...

Double Tax on Share Sale Leads to Court Battle

Posted 15th October, 2012 written by Neves Solicitors

A recent case heard in the Court of Appeal illustrates the beneficial Inheritance Tax (IHT) treatment of certain classes of assets and the advisability of taking advice on IHT planning as early as possible click for more detail ...

There's no case for a Wealth Tax

Posted 9th October, 2012 written by Philip Booth

Once again, we hear calls for a wealth tax not just from Nick Clegg and Simon Hughes, but also from Tim Montgomerie...... click for more detail ...

Plan Early for a Successful Family Business Succession

Posted 30th May, 2012 written by Vistage

A business expert has urged people to plan early when they are looking to hand over the family business to a relative. click for more detail ...

Selling my Business – How to do Potential Purchaser Research and How do I find the Buyers?

Posted 11th May, 2012 written by Neil Ackroyd

Is it possible to find out who on a global basis is interested in buying your business, estimate what they are likely to offer and all this without telling anyone you are considering a sale. The answer is yes. click for more detail ...

Considerations when Structuring Your Deal

Posted 10th May, 2012 written by David Braun

While the basic deal price model is simple (i.e. when an all cash deal leads to a lower price and less cash & more financing leads to higher price) our goal is to work with the “pieces” of a deal structure that make a difference in the overall transaction value to the Owner. click for more detail ...

Selling my Business – I have one Offer for my Business, Should I test the Market

Posted 4th May, 2012 written by Neil Ackroyd

So you have had an approach and are in the enviable position of having an offer for the business that is acceptable to you. click for more detail ...

Two Potential Surprise Deal Killers

Posted 2nd May, 2012 written by David Braun

There's an old saying "failing to plan is planning to fail." An experienced transaction advisor will have a plan to anticipate and address potential risk issues early in the transaction process. click for more detail ...

Selling my Business – Do I Really want to Sell? The four Reasons People Sell Businesses

Posted 30th April, 2012 written by Neil Ackroyd

In my experience there are four reasons why people sell businesses. Every rule has its exception, however, it is very important to consider whether you fit one of these reasons before commencing a process. click for more detail ...

Selling my Business – I have been Approached to Sell. What do I Do?

Posted 26th April, 2012 written by Neil Ackroyd

So, you have been approached by someone wanting to talk about buying your business. This can be an exciting time but it can also be very stressful and confusing. click for more detail ...

Companies take Note - Dividends can be Proceeds of Crime

Posted 18th April, 2012 written by Stewart Mathews

Problems with doing ‘clean’ business in some jurisdictions are almost insurmountable, yet the Bribery Act 2010 is clear that offering inducements can easily amount to unlawful activity. click for more detail ...

Growth key to Winning in Tough Economy, Reports BDO LLP

Posted 4th April, 2012 written by Vistage

The gap between prospering and failing businesses is widening as a result of those who aren’t taking advantage of growth opportunities. click for more detail ...

Abolish the Annual Budget

Posted 26th March, 2012 written by Philip Booth

At the IEA’s Budget briefing yesterday I called for the annual Budget to be abolished – or at least slimmed down to a very brief statement. click for more detail ...

Why Large Companies make Acquisitions

Posted 21st March, 2012 written by Nic Brisbourne

Mergers and acquisitions have a notoriously high failure rate and as a result investors knocked a couple of percent off Cisco’s share price recently following...... click for more detail ...

Capital Allowances Reminder

Posted 12th March, 2012 written by Stewart Mathews

31 March is a common year-end for companies and, with that in mind, companies are reminded that to qualify for Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) relief. click for more detail ...

Britain's Long-term Outlook is Suffering as the Coalition Pursues Medium-term Gain

Posted 8th March, 2012 written by Philip Booth

The government is to be applauded for its attempts to get the medium-term public finances under control. click for more detail ...

Family Businesses Crucial to the UK Economy

Posted 5th March, 2012 written by Vistage

Family businesses are crucial to boosting the UK economy, claims the Forum of Private Business. click for more detail ...

Flexible Working Increase Business Productivity, Claims Survey

Posted 5th March, 2012 written by Vistage

Flexible working in small businesses is on the increase as a number of senior business managers claim the practice has improved productivity. click for more detail ...

Internet Sales Ban Breaches Competition Law

Posted 5th March, 2012 written by Stewart Mathews

A French firm that manufactures cosmetics and requires them to be sold...... click for more detail ...

When it Comes to Taxing Property, it is Important to get Your Premises Right

Posted 28th February, 2012 written by Philip Booth

Tim Montgomerie has been a leading advocate of a move from income to wealth taxes in recent months. In a recent article in The Times...... click for more detail ...

Face to Face a Thing of the Past?

Posted 28th February, 2012 written by Vistage

Never mind the business lunch, it seems that face to face meetings of any sort could soon be obsolete. click for more detail ...

CEOs Remain Confident Despite Predictions of Further Economic Woes

Posted 27th February, 2012 written by Vistage

The majority of British CEOs are expecting their business to grow this year, despite continued expectations of a faltering economy. click for more detail ...

From Naivety to Sophistry - Keynesian Arguments on both Sides of the Atlantic

Posted 20th February, 2012 written by Philip Booth

Recent US growth figures seem to have re-energised naive Keynesians who, lacking any real evidence or credible prior theory for their case, leap upon anything that can justify policies that involve increasing government borrowing further click for more detail ...

Flexible Working Promotes Engagement, Claims CIPD

Posted 20th February, 2012 written by Vistage

Flexible working, whilst allowing employees to navigate the muddy waters of the work/life balance, also permits a boost to employee engagement. click for more detail ...

This Medium-Termist Government Needs to Think Long-Term - Now

Posted 17th February, 2012 written by Philip Booth

The UK has been put on a credit-rating downgrade watch. This is not surprising, but one wonders whether Moody’s is focusing on the right issues. click for more detail ...

How Important is Confidentiality and How to Protect it.

Posted 17th February, 2012 written by Neil Ackroyd

Questions that I am often asked are, “Is it possible to confidentially sell my business?” or “How can I sell my business without people finding out?” click for more detail ...

UK Credit Rating Deservedly on a Knife-Edge

Posted 15th February, 2012 written by Philip Booth

Commenting on Moody's change of the UK's outlook to negative, Philip Booth, Editorial Director at the IEA, said:- click for more detail ...

50 Questions: How does a VC Evaluate a Company’s Product?

Posted 14th February, 2012 written by Nic Brisbourne

VCs evaluate products by looking at demos and having a play themselves, by soliciting third party opinion... click for more detail ...

Britain Deserves Great CEOs, Claims Expert

Posted 14th February, 2012 written by Vistage

The British economy needs to have strong, effective CEOs behind its back in order to grow. click for more detail ...

If You do not Understand it, take Advice

Posted 10th February, 2012 written by Neves Solicitors

The wave of litigation which has followed the turmoil in the financial markets as a result of the credit crunch........ click for more detail ...

Euro Break Up - Not so Simple

Posted 6th February, 2012 written by Philip Booth

Many UK economists are pretty sanguine about euro break-up. click for more detail ...

Lead Advisor is one of the most Important Roles in an MBO Transaction

Posted 31st January, 2012 written by David Braun

An experienced transaction advisor will have a plan to anticipate and address potential risk issues early in the transaction process. click for more detail ...

UK CEOs 'Optimistic' About Growth

Posted 28th January, 2012 written by Vistage

The average British CEO is "more optimistic" than their European equivalents about the future, according to new data. click for more detail ...

Lessons from the 'Long Depression'

Posted 23rd January, 2012 written by Dr Steve Davies

A lot of people are looking to economic history for help in understanding the current economic situation. Most attention is being paid to the Great Depression of the 1930s, with a slew of papers and articles being published. click for more detail ...

Keeping the Owner of the Business on as a Consultant When Buying a Business

Posted 19th January, 2012 written by David Braun

Questions from Venture Magazine to The MAXIMA Group: For the prospective buyer of a business, the decision to retain or refuse the services of the current owner as a consultant is one that should be carefully considered. click for more detail ...

Types of Buyers: Who Should You be Targeting when You Sell Your Business?

Posted 17th January, 2012 written by David Braun

Some case studies for consideration click for more detail ...

Business Relief - Traps for the Unwary

Posted 16th January, 2012 written by Stewart Mathews

Most business people know that for family businesses there are generous Inheritance Tax (IHT) reliefs, which generally operate to make assets used in the business exempt or partially exempt from IHT. click for more detail ...

Work / Life Balance Key for CEOs

Posted 15th January, 2012 written by Vistage

The business community should be using 2012 as the year to battle potential work/life balance issues. click for more detail ...

Are Financial Markets 'Short-Termist'? A Crucial gap in Haldane's Argument

Posted 10th January, 2012 written by Philip Booth

A couple of weeks ago, I went for a walk in Ashdown Forest. I followed the instructions perfectly and everything seemed consistent with the map. click for more detail ...

What is an Integrated Financial Model?

Posted 9th January, 2012 written by Neil Ackroyd

An integrated financial model is an essential element of any management buyout process. click for more detail ...

Salary Sacrifice - VAT Changes

Posted 5th January, 2012 written by Stewart Mathews

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have announced changes from 1 January 2012. click for more detail ...

UK Businesses look to Mergers and Acquisitions to Boost Growth Opportunities

Posted 4th January, 2012 written by Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Economic Liberalisation in Italy

Posted 30th November, 2011 written by Philip Booth

Mario Monti has the technical ability to deliver much needed privatisation and liberalisation, but whether he is able to survive the rigours of democratic politics is another matter. click for more detail ...

What is a Management Buy Out

Posted 24th November, 2011 written by Neil Ackroyd

A lead advisor is one of the most important roles in a Management Buyout (MBO) transaction. Typically he or she is the first person that you approach when you are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to do a Management Buyout (MBO). click for more detail ...

Looking for a Small Business Acquisition Loan?

Posted 24th November, 2011 written by David Braun