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

DSW Capital strong results ahead of market expectations set at IPO

DSW Capital strong results ahead of market expectations set at IPO and new financial year started well DSW Capital, a fast-growing, mid-market, challenger professional services licence network and owner of the Dow Schofield Watts brand, is pleased to announce its audited results for the year ended 31 March 2022 (the “Period” or “FY22”). The Group … Continued

The post-Covid dilemma for professionals

The post-Covid dilemma for professionals – and why it’s time for change in the accountancy sector Pandemics and other periods of global turmoil often create lasting shifts in society and Covid is no different. The events of the past 18 months have accelerated the uptake of technology, changed the way we live and work and … Continued

5 reasons to split your property from your business

5 reasons to split your property from your business Entrepreneurs value the security of owning their own premises but there can be drawbacks, especially if you are selling the business. Gerard Lucas from Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team explains when it might be best to separate the two. For many entrepreneurs, there are few … Continued

Hot property: How to cash in on the e-commerce boom

Hot property: How to cash in on the e-commerce boom Record demand for industrial and distribution space is opening up new opportunities for owners and occupiers. Simon Wood and James Dow outline four ways they can benefit With over a third of all retail sales now made online, the race is on to find enough … Continued

Women in accountancy: Interview with Jill Jones

Women in accountancy: Interview with Jill Jones Jill Jones is the former North West Regional Managing Partner of RSM where she was also a main board director and acting COO until her departure in June 2020. She is now a Non-Executive Director at Dow Schofield Watts and a number of other organisations. Here she talks … Continued

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021 On this International Women’s Day some of our female team members would like to share their experiences of lockdown, the challenge’s of work colliding with life, and how they’re coping in this new set of circumstances! We are proud that our team feels empowered to challenge the status quo when it … Continued

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #4

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #4 IBOs, MBOs, LBOs, SBOs, TBOs, MBIs and BIMBOs The decision for business owners to pursue a private equity (or financial buyer) exit route versus a trade sale process is a fundamental one. In Busting Jargon #3, the challenges and risks of mixing two processes together, when each can … Continued

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #2

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #2 Non-core disposals, carve outs, strategic divestures & corporate simplification Large corporate groups are evolving organisms that can go through fits and starts of acquisitions and disposals. The drivers for periodic bursts of such activity can be strategic, financial or both, but the catalysts can include a change in … 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

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