WORK YOUR WAY: Our dog is part of the team!

WORK YOUR WAY: Our dog is part of the team! Advising on strategic acquisitions is all par for the course for Steve and Carla Holmes of Dow Schofield Watts in Reading but lockdown saw them make a key acquisition of their own with a furry four-legged friend joining them. Summer, a golden Labrador, is now … Continued

What does 2023 hold for the deals market?

What does 2023 hold for the deals market? Gregg Pendlington of DSW’s Corporate Finance team sets out what buyers, vendors and investors can expect in the year ahead. What does 2023 hold for the deals market? 2023 will not deliver the same deal volumes as in the bumper year of 2021 – but if the … Continued

WORK YOUR WAY: Balancing work and study at DSW

WORK YOUR WAY: Balancing work and study at DSW School leavers, graduates, and experienced professionals. Anyone can be an apprentice. The perfect way to launch your career if you don’t already have the necessary qualifications, you can start an apprenticeship alongside garnering practical experience. At Dow Schofield Watts, we currently have apprentices in the Business … Continued

Why we all need to learn to talk to deaf people

Why we all need to learn to talk to deaf people Jonathon Jay of DSW Wealth Planning talks about growing up with a deaf parent and the importance of being deaf-aware My mum was born profoundly deaf so I learned sign language at the same time as I learned to speak. I started to sign … Continued

DSW Business Planning raise over £500 for East Cheshire Hospice

DSW Business Planning raise over £500 for East Cheshire Hospice On a mission to walk 7,500 steps a day during the month of September, Business Planning organised a company-wide effort to raise money for the extraordinary East Cheshire Hospice. East Cheshire Hospice organised a STEPtember where you strapped on your walking boots and took one … Continued

Land of opportunity? 4 key trends in the Scottish deals market

Land of opportunity? 4 key trends in the Scottish deals market Tom Faichnie of Dow Schofield Watts Scotland highlights some current developments and discusses the future prospects for M&A 1. SMEs need to find ways to boost their value SMEs are the bedrock of the Scottish economy and we have lots of very successful small … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts Celebrates Women in the Professional Services Industry 

Dow Schofield Watts Celebrates Women in the Professional Services Industry In celebration of Businesswomen’s Week, we have asked our team members at Dow Schofield Watts to share their passions, achievements, and any nuggets of wisdom with women who are considering or already have a career in the professional services industry. To best explain to you … Continued

WORK YOUR WAY: Balance an exciting career and parenthood at DSW

WORK YOUR WAY: Balance an exciting career and parenthood at DSW Following on from our previous article, we are ending National Work Life Week with answers from our colleagues Connor & Liz on how DSW helps them to work flexibly as parents.   Our approach to flexible working allows our working parents to be successful … Continued

WORK YOUR WAY: How do parents work flexibly at Dow Schofield Watts?

WORK YOUR WAY: How do parents work flexibly at Dow Schofield Watts? It is crucial, particularly now, that we all have a healthy approach to working life. So, for National Work Life week, we asked our working parents how working at DSW helps them to achieve the balance they need. As a business, we take … Continued

WORK YOUR WAY: ‘Horses are good for the soul’

WORK YOUR WAY: ‘Horses are good for the soul’ Riding over the Yorkshire moors is a better way to solve work challenges than sitting behind a computer, says Sophie Colloby. She currently has four horses including a rare breed Dales pony. What do you love most about horses? Horses are good for the soul – … Continued

Navigating the road ahead: a lender’s view

Navigating the road ahead: a lender’s view By Owen Malton of DSW Debt Advisory I left Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank – now known as Virgin Money – a month or so ago and am delighted to have joined Dow Schofield Watts (which has an enviable reputation) working in the Debt Advisory team alongside Phil Tarimo. I … Continued

What is a career in professional services like?

What is a career in professional services like? A Q&A with DSW’s Young Professionals  A few weeks ago, in a canal-side bar in Deansgate, we gathered our new starters and a group of Northwest young professionals for a relaxed networking session over after-work drinks.   Not only was it an excellent opportunity to introduce our employees … Continued

What is a Debt Advisor?

What is a Debt Advisor? By Gavin Harrison At a recent ‘Frozen’ themed Birthday party (#daddysociallife) I was asked the classic ice-breaker question, “What is it you do?”. Now when I was a banker, this used to be an easy one (once I had explained that I was not ‘one of those nasty Investment ones’. Not my … Continued

Stating the obvious (Part 1): Covenant breaches

Stating the obvious (Part 1): Covenant breaches By Gavin Harrison My apologies upfront for the attention-seeking headline; but given this is a business article written by an Accountant/ex-Banker, I’m pretty confident that no-one will be expecting ground-breaking revelations, so I may as well be honest! On the subject of dealing with a Covenant breach however, … Continued

Strategic acquisitions: how to unlock the benefits

Strategic acquisitions: how to unlock the benefits Gregg Pendlington of Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team explains what type of deals can be considered strategic and how to structure them to achieve the best outcomes A strategic acquisition can transform a business in a number of ways. As well as enhancing value through combination synergies, … Continued