New service will help firms benefit from industrial property boom

New service will help firms benefit from industrial property boom With record demand for industrial property and the North West facing a shortage of supply, a new service will help companies take advantage of the rising prices. Dow Schofield Watts has joined forces with B8 Real Estate, the North’s leading industrial property experts, to launch … Continued

DSW Debt Advisory expands team

DSW Debt Advisory expands team DSW Debt Advisory – which advises businesses on raising a wide variety of debt funding and is part of the Dow Schofield Watts group – has appointed Lynn Li as Manager. Lynn joins from Deloitte in Manchester where, as part of the debt advisory team, she worked on a wide … Continued

DSW named as one of most active dealmakers in North West in 2020

DSW named as one of most active dealmakers in North West in 2020 Dow Schofield Watts has once again been named as one of the most active dealmakers in the North West in the latest figures from Experian Market IQ. They show the firm was in third place in 2020, having advised on 18 deals … Continued

Former RSM boss Jill Jones joins Dow Schofield Watts board

Former RSM boss Jill Jones joins Dow Schofield Watts board Jill Jones – the former North West Regional Managing Partner of RSM – has joined fast-growing advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts as Non-Executive Director. Her appointment will further strengthen its board and support its national growth plans. Jill was Regional Managing Partner of RSM from … Continued

Yorkshire and North West teams buck trend with 32% rise in deal values

Yorkshire and North West teams buck trend with 32% rise in deal values Despite the challenges of 2020, Dow Schofield Watts’ Northern offices enjoyed a record year in terms of the value of deals they advised on. The teams in the North West and Yorkshire completed 54 deals with a total value of £1.27bn during … Continued

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