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The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) helps entrepreneurial SME’s based in the Midlands achieve their growth potential through the provision of funding in the form of small business loans and debt finance.

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Smith Cooper Corporate Finance recently hosted Mobeus who updated the team on the current funds they have available for SME’s.

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We are thrilled to announce that 16 new recruits, including 11 graduates, will be joining the firm by the end of September.

 

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The Corporate Finance division of Smith Cooper, won the “SME Deal of the Year” award on Thursday evening at the Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards in Birmingham.

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In order to maximise its revenue from compliance investigations, HMRC is putting increasing pressure on small and medium sized businesses. As a result, many businesses could be at risk of inquiries into their tax filings. 

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After entering Administration in December 2016, Lincolnshire based children’s charity Children’s Links, has now successfully exited administration, and is now back in the hands of its Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team.

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HMRC have recently released the latest Advisory fuel rates that came into effect from 1 September 2017. 

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HMRC scam phone calls

4 September 2017

HRMC has warned of a new scam that is currently circulating, targeting taxpayers.

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Leicester based business, Energy & Security Limited, which trades under the style EAS Windows, appointed Administrators from Smith Cooper on 31st August 2017. 

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Today, we welcome the arrival of new Partner, Martin Gadsby, to our Derby office. Smith Cooper now has 18 Partners across the Midlands.

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Following recommendation by a previous client, Smith Cooper initiated and project-managed a deal for North-East based Wiltshire Farm Foods (Newcastle) Limited, a franchisee of the UK’s leading frozen meal home delivery business Wiltshire Farm Foods (WFF) which has been sold to ex-banker, Robbie Jones.  

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Wearwell Group Limited, British designers and manufacturers of high quality technical workwear, has been sold to Richard Wright in a deal advised by the Corporate Finance division of Smith Cooper. 

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Official figures released by the government’s Insolvency Service suggest an estimated 4,547 companies entered insolvency in Q2 2017, with the total number of company insolvencies increasing by 12.6% compared to Q1 2017. 

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A recent Tribunal win for a livery business has wider implications, says Catherine Desmond, Partner at Smith Cooper Accountants.

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The Common Reporting Standard, otherwise known as the CRS, is a global information standard for the automatic exchange of tax and financial information, and is intended to prevent tax evasion.

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Following the fantastic news that our BR&I team have been named finalists in two TRI awards categories, we are delighted to announce Smith Cooper Corporate Finance has also been shortlisted for two Insider Midlands Dealmaker Awards!

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HMRC is seeing falling yields from its investigations into individuals and SMEs and as a result, may ramp up activity in order to maintain the returns made through investigations.  

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We are delighted to announce our Business Recovery and Insolvency (BR&I) Team have been named as finalists in the distinguished TRI awards for the second time.

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Update on the market

11 August 2017

Figures released at the end of June revealed that the rate of inflation dropped to 2.6% from 2.9%, mainly due to reduced petrol prices, and the Pound falling against the Dollar and the Euro by 0.25% and 1.12% respectively, exceeding economists’ expectations.  Interest rates have since been kept at their all-time low of 0.25%, signalling the Bank of England’s cutting of its growth forecasts.

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Smith Cooper will be out in force at the Ashbourne Show on Saturday 19th August, where we will be available for a coffee, some cake and to chat.

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