Industry Insights

Business tax reform being considered by Chancellor


Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been at the centre of concern over business taxes, following the furore over the generous tax breaks given to Private Equity Partnerships and the recent revelation, in a Natio...continue reading

Venture Capital Trusts: a great tax shelter


Prime minister-elect Gordon Brown has been the subject of a fair amount of criticism for widening the tax burden on UK citizens, but one development deserving of consideration for business entrepreneurs and investors alike is the ...continue reading

Private equity under fire


As most readers will no doubt be aware there has been a fierce debate engulfing the private equity (PE) industry. Not least the increased presence and power of these players in the M&A market but also the fabulous personal wealth ...continue reading

Earn-outs: Key issues to consider


When negotiating the deal, the seller should seek to keep as much control as possible over the assets and the budget, the hiring and training of staff and any marketing and sales strategies. It is worth considering including a cla...continue reading

Nursery Sector in Danger


One of the UK's oldest-established nursery chains has warned that government policy over providing affordable childcare is pushing the sector towards "the brink of collapse". Ravenstone House, ranked 12th in the 2005 league ...continue reading

Food manufacturers fall into foreign hands


One in five of all UK food manufacturing companies sold over the past ten years has fallen into foreign hands, according to a recent report by UK accountancy firm Grant Thornton. Analysis of the sector as a whole revealed that ove...continue reading

How to buy or sell a private company


HOW TO BUY OR SELL A PRIVATE COMPANY Excerpts from the full version (available to subscribers)   By Christopher St Cartmail, B.Com (Auck) with thanks to Adrian Shipwright, Barrister-at-Law, and Lance Bl...continue reading

PCPI Summer update


The market for private company transactions remains stable and attractive for those contemplating deals according to research done by BDO Stoy Hayward. On the basis of deals completed in the first three months of this year, price ...continue reading

Calls For European Court of competition


The Confederation of British Industry has called for the appeals process against European Commission decisions on mergers and takeovers to be speeded up. The CBI, which is the UK's primary business lobby group, has circulated...continue reading

Quarter of UK SME Owners Considering Sale Over Next 3 Years


Recent research by the Tenon Forum, a think tank made up of leading entrepreneurs from the UK's business community, has indicated that over a quarter of Britain's small to medium sized companies could be up for sale over...continue reading

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