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Thames Valley businesses fear HMRC clamp down on IR35...

With HMRC’s ‘light touch’ approach to IR35 compliance enforcement set to end in April 2022, new research from Grant Thornton UK LLP’s latest Business Outlook Tracker* finds that the mid-market is struggling to comply with the changes. The survey of 605 mid-sized businesses in the UK found that one in five (19%) are not confident […]

Grant Thornton moves to prime Reading location

Leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP is celebrating moving to the heart of Reading centre, part of its continued investment in the Thames Valley region. The new base at One Valpy in the central business district marks Grant Thornton’s continued focus in Reading and follows the firm relocating to a state-of the-art collaborative […]

Budget Comment from Grant Thornton

Jim Rogers, practice leader for Grant Thornton UK LLP in the Thames Valley area, said: “Businesses will be breathing a sigh of relief. The emphasis was on creating a new post-Covid economy and with two significant tax hikes already imposed this year, there was at least no more bad news.

M&A tax specialist promoted to head up Grant Thornton...

Leading financial and business advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP has promoted private tax director, Richard Marsh, to partner. Richard, who joined the firm as a graduate himself, will head up the private wealth area of the South team from the firm’s Bristol office. Richard is the first head of the southern Grant Thornton Private tax team, bringing together specialists from Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Reading and Southampton.

Flood of HMRC Fraud Enquiries expected across the Thames...

MID-MARKET businesses in the Thames Valley area should prepare for a flood of letters from HMRC as furlough draws to a close and the government looks to recoup a suspected £7bn of fraudulent or erroneous Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, according to business advisers Grant Thornton. HMRC is moving through the gears now that […]

Thames Valley businesses at increased risk of National Minimum...

Businesses in the Thames Valley area are facing an increased risk of being exposed to heavy fines for unintentional national minimum wage (NMW) breaches, according to business advisors Grant Thornton UK LLP. The advisory firm has witnessed a rise in the number of businesses being investigated for NMW offences, often as a result of commonplace […]

‘Code red’ warning for Thames Valley businesses over ESG...

Thames Valley businesses face increasing pressure to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues but their good intentions need to be backed with more robust planning and better reporting. New research from Grant Thornton UK LLP has found that the importance of ESG is widely recognised in the region’s business community but also highlighted significant […]

Thames Valley feels the post-Brexit ‘Brand Britain’ boost

Six months on from Brexit, new research* from leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP shows that Thames Valley businesses are finding their British origins to be a significant advantage when trading internationally. In a survey of mid-sized businesses, Grant Thornton found that more than two thirds (68%) of those based in Oxfordshire, […]

Pandemic still casts a shadow over Thames Valley business...

New research from leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP shows that the economic aftershocks of the pandemic remain a significant concern for Thames Valley businesses that are looking to grow internationally. With changing restrictions and continued uncertainty for many, two thirds (66%) of 611 mid-market business leaders surveyed from across the UK […]

Mid-sized businesses set to ditch offices for more remote...

As the country takes its next step out of lockdown and some companies start to slowly open their doors to employees, new research from leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP finds that just 5% of 603 mid-sized businesses surveyed believe that full-time office working will be most effective for their people post-pandemic. 

Overcoming Our Biggest Challenges

It’s been almost a year of turbulence, a year like no other, certainly a year none of us will ever forget. But, as days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months, the realities of a new business world came into view. When would we see our colleagues again? Would we ever be together under the same roof? Can our business survive this? When B4 members from the Professional Services Hub got together recently, the stand out concern for them was the wellbeing of their colleagues.

B4 Embarks on National Expansion

B4, Oxfordshire’s leading business to business network, launched in 2006 and celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2021, has now launched nationally, providing businesses across the UK with fantastic opportunities to connect and secure excellent profile across B4’s growing digital audience.

B4 People & Strategy Day

It’s People & Strategy Day at B4 so we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so. Some content is pre-COVID but still relevant so get stuck in for great advice from our growing community of experts.

Enabling profit with a purpose

In 2015, at an historic UN summit, world leaders adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs aim to transform our world across the most pressing global challenges; from no poverty and zero hunger, to reduced inequalities and quality education.

Thames Valley’s Faces of a Vibrant Economy revealed by...

Grant Thornton UK LLP today announces the launch of the third annual Faces of a Vibrant Economy initiative, which identifies 100 organisations and their leaders (private, not for profit and public sectors) that demonstrate excellence through growth, innovation and purpose, five of which are from the Thames Valley area: