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

Autumn Statement Special: Osborne offers little cheer for owner-managers

CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has done little to help the cause of owner-managers, according to experts at WNJ. They say the mini-Budget centred on matters of little interest to entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses in the region. There has been some “tink

Autumn Statement Special: Business rates burden eased by £1billion

THE Chancellor’s announcement that he will be capping business rate rises at two per cent is an early Christmas present for the UK’s hard-pressed High Streets. It is estimated that the overall package of business rate relief measures unveiled in the Autumn Statement, will mean the Gov

North West losing out on jobs – despite economic recovery

OPPORTUNITIES to create more jobs in the North West are being lost as the region’s smaller businesses still find it difficult to find funding for growth, WNJ warns. In its latest analysis of trends in the regional economy, the practice also says that owner-managed businesses are also