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

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

Who qualifies for non-dom taxation, and what are their options?

Who qualifies for non-dom taxation, and what are their options? The ‘non-dom ding dong’ between Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is proposing to scrap non-dom status, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, whose wife is a non-dom, has kept the subject in the spotlight. Andrew Robinson from DSW Tax Advisory advises many high-net-worth clients in … Continued

Small firms warned to beware of ‘overseas company tax dodge’

Small firms warned to beware of ‘overseas company tax dodge’ Businesses are being warned to beware of ‘advisors’ offering to help them avoid tax by setting up a company overseas. Andrew Robinson of DSW Tax Advisory says suggestions that firms could avoid UK tax simply by registering their business in locations like Dubai are too … 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

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

How to survive a recession 2: Tips from a banker who’s been here before

How to Survive a Recession 2: Tips from a Banker Who’s Been Here Before Owen Malton of DSW Debt Advisory – who has been through several recessions – offers some advice on how businesses can improve the odds With the threat of recession looming, there is no doubt that life is going to get tougher … Continued

Debt vs equity finance: which is the better option to fund growth?

Debt vs Equity Finance: Which is the Better Option to Fund Growth? Owen Malton of DSW Debt Advisory outlines six key points to help you consider which type of funding is right for your business. For those seeking finance for growth, the question will be – can I raise debt funding or shall I seek … Continued

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

A Q&A WITH AMY – DSW’S BUSINESS ADMIN APPRENTICE For National Apprenticeship Week 2023, we have created videos on what our apprentices do over at our LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook channels and spoken to our apprentices about how an apprenticeship works. With the worries of a cost-of-living crisis, now is the perfect time to think about … Continued

How to survive a recession 1: Lessons from the past

How to survive a recession 1: Lessons from the past Owen Malton of DSW Debt Advisory looks back at previous economic downturns to see how they compare with today   With economic storm clouds gathering, many economists believe the UK will enter a recession in the year ahead. It is a scary thought – particularly … Continued