The challenges facing Welsh fintech – and the opportunity ahead

The challenges facing Welsh fintech – and the opportunity ahead Cardiff could become a magnet for innovative businesses, says Koo Aseeley, Partner at Dow Schofield Watt’s Corporate Finance team in South Wales. Fintech has been one of the highlights of the Welsh economy in recent years. The industry has its roots in the region’s existing … Continued

Buying a business from administration – tips from a professional

Buying a business from administration – tips from a professional With company insolvencies at a 30-year high, there have rarely been more opportunities to buy an ailing business. Tom Grummitt from insolvency firm Bridgewood (part of the DSW Network), who acts as an administrator in many cases, offers some advice Over 25,000 companies became insolvent … Continued

Six ways to maximise the value of your business in the run-up to a sale

Six ways to maximise the value of your business in the run-up to a sale In a more cautious climate, buyers and investors are placing greater emphasis on due diligence. Roger Esler, Partner and Founder of Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance team in Yorkshire & the North East explains how vendors can plan and prepare … Continued

The Deals Market in 2024: our predictions for the year ahead

The Deals Market in 2024: our predictions for the year ahead In the second of our series, Roger Esler from Dow Schofield Watts corporate finance team in Yorkshire & the North East gives his forecasts for the deals market in 2024.  The finger of caution is out of the dam. At this time last year, … Continued

M&A in 2024: our predictions for the year ahead

M&A in 2024: our predictions for the year ahead In the first of a series, Gregg Pendlington from Dow Schofield Watts North West corporate finance team outlines the prospects for the deals market in the next 12 months and identifies some key trends. The outlook is brighter. The deals market is cyclical by nature. Following … Continued

Raising business finance in a challenging market

Raising business finance in a challenging market Despite the challenging economy, plenty of debt funding is still available – though lenders are scrutinising applications more carefully. Owen Malton of DSW Debt Advisory offers some tips on how to find the right funding and secure the best possible terms. Choose the type that is best for … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts Business Planning Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Dow Schofield Watts Business Planning Celebrates 5th Anniversary Ellen and Rebecca brought their independent firm, JL Advisory, into the DSW network in 2018. Five years later, the team numbers seven and operates from their base in Stockport. The team specialises in financial modelling services for the public and private sectors. It comprises professionals with a … Continued

Vendor assistance – What is it, and how will it help you sell your business?

Vendor Assistance – What is it, and how will it help you sell your business? On the topic of preparing for a sale, Rob Parker from DSW Transaction Services explains a service that helps management teams get ‘ahead of the curve’. Well-presented financial data will help business owners prepare for a sale to demonstrate the … Continued

The Clean Energy Revolution: 5 Trends in Renewables Investment

The clean energy revolution: 5 trends in renewables investment Connor Monaghan from Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance team, author of a report on the clean energy transition, outlines the rapid changes taking place As the world shifts away from fossil fuels in the race to achieve net zero, renewable energy will be the central pillar … Continued

Selling a business in a downturn

Selling a business in a downturn Gregg Pendlington, Partner of Dow Schofield Watts’ North West corporate finance team, outlines five ways for vendors to motivate a buyer in an economic downturn and achieve the best price  In an economic downturn, business confidence decreases and buyers become naturally more cautious. With less competition, prices start to … Continued

The changing face of accountancy – and my predictions for the future

The changing face of accountancy – and my predictions for the future James Dow co-founded challenger brand Dow Schofield Watts in 2002 – the same year that the collapse of accounting giant Arthur Andersen shook the profession to its core. Here he talks about the changes in the sector over the last two decades and … Continued

Twenty years on and counting!

Twenty years on and counting! It was back in 2002 that James Dow, Jon Schofield and Mark Watts established Dow Schofield Watts. Now a challenger brand with a unique licensing model, we ask James Dow for his reflections on the past 20 years together with his thoughts on what makes DSW different. What have been … Continued

Leading from the front – DSW’s next generation of leaders

Leading from the front – DSW’s next generation of leaders Helping the next generation of DSW’s future leaders is the key aim of BecomingX, which in collaboration with DSW, has launched an innovative leadership development programme. Supporting 12 professionals from across the Dow Schofield Watts network, the programme will build their leadership capabilities over the … Continued

WORK YOUR WAY: What isn’t there to love about the Lakes?

WORK YOUR WAY: What isn’t there to love about the Lakes? The stunning natural surroundings of the Lake District offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation from fell walking to sailing, open water swimming and ghyll scrambling. DSW Debt Advisory Partner, Owen Malton calls the Lake District home and here we find out why. When did … Continued

Businesses at risk of breaching covenants, debt advisor warns

Businesses at risk of breaching covenants, debt advisor warns A toxic combination of rising costs, falling consumer demand and property values could put many businesses at risk of breaching their banking covenants in the coming months, a leading debt advisor has warned. Phil Tarimo, Partner with DSW Debt Advisory, which helps firms to raise debt … Continued