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Quick Guide to the Patisserie Valerie Accounting Scandal

17-10-2018 Press

Quick Guide to the Patisserie Valerie Accounting Scandal

Patisserie Valerie was worth £446m last week, but trading in its shares has now been suspended – this has been one of the biggest corporate collapses of recent times.
Balfour Beatty Chosen to Get Midland Met Hospital Back on Track

10-10-2018 Press

Balfour Beatty Chosen to Get Midland Met Hospital Back on Track

The collapse of Carillion has left clients and contractors reeling, and the damage is still being unpicked. The Midland Metropolitan Hospital is one project that completely stalled, but this week there is some good news.
Why the government’s Apprenticeship Levy is failing

03-10-2018 Press

Why the government’s Apprenticeship Levy is failing

Since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017, there has been little sign of success. A new enforcement that was supposed to allow for more businesses to take on more apprentices has resulted in confusion and resentment.
How to Make Your Client Onboarding Process Exceptional

28-09-2018 Press

How to Make Your Client Onboarding Process Exceptional

It’s hard to change the first impression – especially in business.
Jack’s is the New Tesco Concept to rival Aldi and Lidl

18-09-2018 Press

Jack’s is the New Tesco Concept to rival Aldi and Lidl

Tesco has launched a new concept company called Jack’s, a nod to Tesco founder Jack Cohen. Jack’s is a discount spin-off brand of the UK’s biggest retailer. Up to 15 Jack’s stores will open over the next 12 months, several of them repurposing existing Tesco properties while the rest will open up on new sites.
A Guide to Commercial Due Diligence

15-08-2018 Press

A Guide to Commercial Due Diligence

Typically, large businesses or private equity firms use commercial due diligence to make a judgement on whether an asset is worth investing in. The term can be used in other spheres like property, but the focus here is on company acquisition.
How the Change in Business Rates is Affecting the High Street

27-07-2018 Press

How the Change in Business Rates is Affecting the High Street

According to an analysis performed by the Altus Group, there are 190,000 businesses in the UK that have received a summons to appear before magistrates over unpaid business rates. New rates came into effect on 1 April 2017 and businesses are still reeling from the changes. One group of businesses feeling particularly hard done by are high street retailers.
Summary of FCA Guidance on the Treatment of Politically Exposed Persons

26-07-2018 Press

Summary of FCA Guidance on the Treatment of Politically Exposed Persons

The FCA launched their finalised guidance on the treatment of Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) for anti-money laundering purposes in July 2017; you can read it in full here, this article has consolidated the key points.

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