Hospitality leaders urge Chancellor to use tax relief to ‘save the industry’

Hospitality leaders urge Chancellor to use tax relief to ‘save the industry’ A Dow Schofield Watts advisor is helping to lead a campaign calling on the Chancellor to use tax relief to encourage investors to support the hospitality industry through the pandemic and beyond. Payam Keyghobadi has joined forces with Alan Lorrimer, founder of London’s … Continued

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #1

Busting jargon with Roger Esler #1 Cash out, equity release, partial buy-out, VIMBO & FAMBO Two important considerations for business owners as they navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic to greater stability and more normal trading are firstly, is too much of their wealth tied to a single private business and secondly, are Capital Gains Tax … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts moves into ranks of UK top 60

Dow Schofield Watts moves into ranks of UK top 60 Dow Schofield Watts has been ranked in the UK’s top 60 accountancy firms for the first time. The firm has risen by 13 places to reach number 59 in this year’s  Accountancy Age Top 50+50, which recognises the ‘movers and shakers’ of the accountancy world. … Continued

Regional investors collaborate to improve access to funding

Regional investors collaborate to improve access to funding Two regional investors have agreed a new strategic partnership to provide enhanced support for early-stage companies in the Northern Powerhouse region. DSW Ventures and NorthInvest have been working together for some time, with the former having invested in two companies – PopTop and OneUtilityBill – as a … Continued

DSW Angels rebrands to DSW Ventures

DSW Angels rebrands to DSW Ventures DSW Angels, the venture capital investment business of the Dow Schofield Watts group, has changed its trading brand to DSW Ventures (dsw.vc) to reflect the increasing scale and reach of the business at a time of a massive increase in market activity. DSW Ventures will continue to work as … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards Dow Schofield Watts has once again received multiple nominations in the annual Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The firm is in the running for the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Team of the Year, an accolade it has won no fewer than three times in recent years. … Continued

The future of accounting – how the Big 4 shake-up will affect your career

The future of accounting – how the Big 4 shake-up will affect your career Changes to the accounting landscape could open up new horizons for professionals, says Nicole Burstow, a former audit director at Deloitte and now FD at Dow Schofield Watts Amidst the disruption and uncertainty of recent years, the accountancy profession has remained … Continued

Most active dealmaking advisers of H1 2020 announced

Most active dealmaking advisers of H1 2020 announced In the North West, we have kept our number 2 position in the most active dealmaking advisers with 8 deals completed so far. Recent deals include securing £7M in funding for digital wealth platform Smarterly. In Yorkshire, we have moved up to number 8 in the ranking … Continued

How has the deals market been impacted by Covid 19?

How has the UK Deals Market been affected by the Covid-19 crisis? What is the current state of play, and what are the emerging deal themes as we come out of lockdown? The Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance and Transaction Services teams in Yorkshire & the North East give their views in this document. We … Continued

An interview with our new Non-Executive Director Heather Lauder

An interview with our new Non-Executive Director Heather Lauder Heather Lauder joined us as Non-Executive Director earlier this year and brings over 30 years of experience in retail and business banking to Dow Schofield Watts.  Heather talks to Nicole Burstow, Finance Director about why she joined, first impressions and the future for Dow Schofield Watts. … Continued

Leading banker joins new debt advisory service

DSW Debt Advisory – the new service launched just before the lockdown to help companies raise debt funding – has attracted another senior banking figure.  Simon Carrier, who recently departed his post as Regional Managing Director of Shawbrook Bank, has joined as a Partner to help meet the growing demand. Simon’s 25–year banking career includes spells at RBS, Bank of Ireland and Santander where, as Regional Director of its corporate and commercial arm, he helped introduce its business banking service across Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire.    DSW Debt … Continued

Digital Wealth Platform Smarterly Raises £7M

Digital Wealth Platform Smarterly Raises £7M Digital wealth platform for the workplace Smarterly has secured £7m in Series A funding. The London-based FinTech allows employees to save and invest in an ISA directly through payroll, and uses analytics and algorithms to design and monitor personalised portfolios. Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance Team arranged the funding … Continued

Heather Lauder Appointed Non-Executive Director

Heather Lauder Appointed Non-Executive Director Heather Lauder has more than 30 years of experience in senior retail and business banking roles. In her most recent position as chief operations director at the Co-op Bank, she led the transformation of its retail banking arm. She was also a member of the executive team which oversaw the … Continued

Financial due diligence in a Covid-19 world

Financial due diligence in a Covid-19 world Covid-19 has caused sudden and unexpected disruption for businesses. It will bring new challenges for transaction processes. As things stand, it is difficult to assess how and when sectors and businesses will recover and what the ‘new normal’ will look like.   Given these uncertainties, we think robust … Continued

Due Diligence process tips: COVID-19 considerations for vendors

Due Diligence process tips: COVID-19 considerations for vendors DSW Transaction Services acts as a financial due diligence provider to both buyers and sellers. Despite the current environment, we have a number of deals ongoing in resilient sectors. However, the impact of COVID-19 and the UK lockdown is universal and the following is a summary of … Continued