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Big data: What's all the fuss about?

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Big data: it’s a term that almost everyone will have heard of, but why should business buyers take note? To start with a brief definition, this latest technology buzz phrase relates to the exponential growth in the amount o...continue reading


What’s behind the UK’s retail revival? How struggling retailers are being bought and turned around

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The overalls can be taken off, the brooms stowed away; the clean-up job after the collapse of the retail sector is just about over, with life returning to Britain’s shops. When the credit crisis struck, there were few indus...continue reading


Businesses: Evolve or become extinct!

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Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, once remarked: “You must always be able to predict what’s next and then have the flexibility to evolve.” It would be easy to dismiss this piece of advice as ov...continue reading


Rising interest rate fears prompts aggressive acquisition strategies

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Set against the seemingly positive backdrop of an improving UK economy, there has been a number of recent reports that suggest SMEs are actually struggling in the current climate. The latest quarterly Red Flag Alert report by Beg...continue reading


Distressed opportunities aplenty as SMEs struggle with economic growth

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The UK’s economy might be surpassing its pre-recession peak of 2008 but many SMEs are finding conditions are tougher than ever. According to research by asset-based lender Close Brothers Invoice Finance, 21 per cent of Brit...continue reading


Discover which UK sector is poised for take-off … and why now is the perfect time to buy in

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Even as investors see a glimmer of returning economic confidence, UK insolvencies refuse to return to pre-recessionary levels. But there is one sector that, despite showing one of the highest increases in insolvencies, is increasi...continue reading


British manufacturing: Rumours of my demise are greatly exaggerated

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As the manufacturing sector continues its improvement in output performance, insolvency figures indicate that it bounced out of recession quicker and stronger than the rest of the economy as a whole – the first signal of its...continue reading


M&A volumes drop in first quarter

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Despite predictions for continued growth, the volume of M&A deals in the first quarter of 2014 dropped in both private equity and trade markets. BDO's latest PCPI/PEPI index showed that trade deals dropped by 24 per cent, d...continue reading


Threats and opportunities in the UK care home industry

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The care home sector has seen more than its fair share of difficulty in recent years. Between 2011 and 2012, when overall corporate insolvency levels dropped by five per cent, the care industry actually saw an increase in administ...continue reading


Food industry deals on the rise

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The food industry is preparing for yet another increase in M&A deals over the course of 2014. After an active end to 2013, the rush of deals seen at the top end of the market is starting to filter down to the middle-market, with i...continue reading


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