The North’s the place for business start-ups

A new generation of entrepreneurs is thriving in the north of England, according to a new report. The study from Barclays and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIT) reveals that start-ups are booming in a corridor stretching from the North West to Yorkshire. Its findings are backed up

HMRC seeks powers to ‘dip’ into bank accounts

HM Revenue & Customs could soon have to power to recover unpaid tax through direct access to bank accounts. The move marks a “huge shift” in the way tax avoidance and unpaid bills will be tackled in the future, according to WNJ tax partner Matthew Hindle. And he says it sends out

Bringing business to the heart of the city

An innovative business hub in Preston city centre continues to go from strength to strength with support from WNJ. Cotton Court – the brainchild of entrepreneur Robert Binns – is home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the city. The high-tech hub is also becomi

Small firms turn to asset finance to grow

Funding remains a key issue for SMEs and owner-managed businesses as the economy makes its slow journey to full recovery. More and more of these companies are looking at the range of alternatives open to them, according to WNJ. And for firms looking to obtain equipment to help them ex

Putting you in Cloud control

A new innovative Cloud-based service for WNJ clients is about to go live – and is already attracting interest from SMEs and owner-managed businesses. WNJ has joined forces with IT experts at Preston-based ictnorthwest to develop Cloud Line 50. It will run as a Cloud-based App and allo

Firms ‘unaware’ of auto-enrolment obligations

One in four employers are still unaware of their obligations under the Government’s new auto-enrolment pension legislation, it has been revealed. The latest worrying statistic comes from recent research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. This year 40,000 businesses

North West firms are ready to reach for the cloud

The demand for cloud-based technology is rapidly increasing among North West companies, according to WNJ. In response to the rising interest it has now teamed up with technology start-up cloudSMART to highlight the growing advantage of cloud-based services to its clients. The Manchest

Supporting the stars of the future

WNJ has shown its support for the sporting stars of the future by sponsoring a major award for young talent. The practice backed the Secondary School Team of the Year category at this year’s Preston Sports Awards. And partner Ian Johnson went up on stage at the Guild Hall to hand to t

The future is in the Cloud

WNJ has joined forces with IT experts at ictnorthwest to provide an innovative Cloud-based service for clients. The two Preston based companies are combining their expertise to provide an innovative Sage Line 50 solution for SMEs and owner-managed companies. It will run as a Cloud-bas

Help is at hand for business funding challenges

Access to funding remains one of the major challenges facing SMEs and owner-managed businesses looking to expand and grow, according to WNJ. Latest figures from the Bank of England reveal small businesses are still battling to gain access to the money they need. Business lending fell

Jigsaw success fits into place with WNJ support

WNJ has played a major role in the continuing development and growth of a successful North West-based training company that has blue-chip clients across the UK. Jigsaw Training, based in Preston, started life as the idea of husband and wife team Sue and James Blackhurst in 1997. Today

Thousands of small firms ‘at risk’ from mis-sold hedging swaps

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has revealed that tens of thousands of smaller businesses in the UK may have been mis-sold interest rate hedging swaps (IRHPs). As a result of the growing concerns, WNJ has joined forces with Seneca Banking Consultants (SBC), the UK’s market leade