10 Things you didn’t know about unw

  1. unw has its very own ‘Iron Man’ in the form of partner Michael Morris who would whop you in an Iron Man challenge, triathlon or marathon.
  2. Our brand new website has just gone live.
  3. At Christmas our team raised nearly £1,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
  4. We now run free “energiser” sessions for businesses looking to develop their business strategy.
  5. We have a specialist in every aspect of tax – you name it, we can sort it.
  6. Partner, Andrew Wilson, has four joints in his little finger – or does he?
  7. We house the region’s largest and most successful grant advisory team who have helped businesses in the region secure a whopping £60m worth of grants.
  8. We have well over 100 dental clients and partner Alan Suggett is recognised nationally as an expert in his field.
  9. We support companies from inception (start ups) through to exit (disposal, listing, passing to next generation).
  10. We like fish.

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  1. Tax expert attracted back into practice with UNW

    In response to continued demand for its specialist tax services, North East accountancy and advisory firm UNW has added to its pool of experienced tax practitioners with the appointment of Suzanne McArdle as Senior Tax Manager.

    Formerly head of tax …

  2. Autumn Statement 2016 – Reaction

    Charles Linaker, Tax partner at UNW reflects on some of the significant announcements made in the Autumn Statement 2016.

  3. Autumn Statement 2016 – Summary






    The new Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his first, and last, Autumn Statement along with the Spending Review on Wednesday 23 November, mixing continuity with his predecessor’s course with changes as he set out the government’s


    The Autumn Statement was the new Chancellor’s first real chance to set out the government’s financial strategy post Brexit. David Ward, a partner in UNW’s tax practice, says that Philip Hammond has mixed continuity with the course charted by his

  5. UNW is a high flyer with GNAAS behind the scenes


    The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is on call 365 days of the year, saving hundreds of lives each year by bringing specialist pre-hospital emergency treatment by helicopter to accidents and emergencies across the North.

    On average, the …

  6. Auto enrolment: The lessons


    Based on original expectations, automatic enrolment into workplace pensions has clearly been a success – so far. But there is much more to be done to address the potential crisis in pension provision which could be looming for future

  7. Ain’t no mountain high enough for UNW’s Fiona

    Accountancy firm’s PA takes on Kilimanjaro challenge for local charity

    UNW’s Fiona Railson is taking on a challenge of a lifetime to raise much-needed cash for the Newcastle accountant and business advisory firm’s charity of the year.

    PA Fiona flies …

  8. UNW Events Programme 2016: Brexit, what does it mean for the charity sector?


    When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on the 23rd of June 2016, one main issue became increasingly apparent; nobody really knew what was going to happen. Ironically, many politicians who had campaigned for a

  9. Let’s Grow supports new equipment and jobs at Co Durham manufacturer

    EOS Facades wins new contracts and increases capacity thanks to £110,000 grant

    County Durham manufacturing company EOS Facades has created new jobs, expanded its product range and won new clients as a result of a successful bid for £110,000 of

  10. Let’s Grow leads to new premises, jobs and equipment for catering butcher

    Country Valley Foods boosts workforce and turnover in major expansion

    Teesside meat processors and wholesalers Country Valley Foods has increased its workforce and turnover since securing £185,000 from the Let’s Grow Fund to invest in new premises and equipment.


  11. Children’s heart charity turns to UNW for financial management peace of mind

    Helping children born with life-threatening heart conditions to achieve their dreams is the mission of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund.

    Better known as CHUF, the Newcastle-based charity was set up to provide lifelong support to babies and children from all …

  12. VAT recovery on Pension Fund costs – more transition

    As we safely predicted in our article of 27 October 2016, another Brief was published by HMRC on 5 September 2016 on the subject of an employer’s entitlement to recover VAT on the costs of administration and management of defined …

  13. Accountancy Apprenticeship Opportunities

    As one of the largest and most successful independent accountancy firms in the North East, we are always looking to strengthen our team with the right people.

    We still have two places available on our 2016 apprenticeship scheme. One vacancy

  14. Salary sacrifice consultation – will you be affected?

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has this week issued a consultation document which sets out proposed changes to the rules for a number of areas where benefits are provided through salary sacrifice, with any changes due to take effect from 

  15. UNW certified for new travel industry accountancy service

    Newcastle-based UNW has become one of only two accountancy firms in the North East to receive certification to provide essential services to travel and tourism companies that offer ATOL protection to their customers.

    ATOL (Air Travel Organisers) protection means that …

  16. Double deal success for UNW

    Newcastle-based business advisory firm UNW has completed two major deals for clients in two days.

    UNW’s corporate finance team advised Gentoo on the sale Romag, its speciality glass division, to Clayton Glass and the shareholders of ForSkills on its sale …

  17. Public sector organisations – must read

    As announced at Budget 2016, the government intends to reform the intermediaries rules for off-payroll engagements of workers who operate through an intermediary (such as their own limited company) in the public sector. This includes engagements through third parties such

  18. UNW promotes John Healey to partner

    North East based business advisory firm UNW has promoted John Healey to Partner.

    Since re-locating to the region and joining UNW in 2014, John has advised on numerous acquisition, disposal and fund raising processes. Transactions he has worked on include …

  19. Camerons acquire Leeds Brewery Retail Pub Estate with help from UNW

    Camerons Brewery, the North East’s largest independent family brewer, have today announced the acquisition of the Leeds Brewery pub estate.

    Camerons will acquire the complete group of 7 pubs from Leeds Brewery, including venues such as the Lamb & Flag …

  20. UNW Race Against Tide for Local Charity

    King Canute couldn’t manage it but a group of hardy volunteers from Newcastle-based accountancy and advisory firm UNW set their best feet first against the North Sea and beat the tide in a fantastic fundraising effort this weekend!

    Twenty brave …

  21. “Brexit” – an end in sight to VAT in the UK?

    VAT was introduced in the UK in 1973 as part of our obligation on joining the Common Market (the predecessor to the European Union). So following the UK’s vote to leave the EU does this mean that an end is

  22. Newcastle contact centre’s head count expands thanks to grant approval

    Contact centre business Echo-U has created 70 new jobs since being approved for £290,000 of Let’s Grow funding from the Regional Growth Fund.

    The business, which was set up in Newcastle in 2001 and currently has 175 staff, made its …

  23. Caring Hands needed in Shieldfield

    A charity that supports the elderly and disabled in Newcastle is celebrating the culmination of a successful two-year corporate sponsorship programme.

    Caring Hands Charity in Shieldfield was established in 1992 with the aim to sustain the independence and quality …

  24. UNW Young Talent Best in the North

    Newcastle-based accountancy and advisory firm UNW are celebrating a resounding exam success by their student trainees in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales 2015 exams.

    Four rising stars at UNW were recognised with a number of accolades …

  25. Intelligent Packaging Solutions reaps rewards from Let’s Grow support and investment

    Funding for new equipment boosts company’s competitive edge

    Let’s Grow Regional Growth Fund funding for new equipment has allowed Washington-based Intelligent Packaging Solutions to expand to the next level.

    The business, which provides innovative bespoke packaging for Customers in the …

  26. A warning – HMRC starting to impose penalties for a failure to notify a change in circumstances (despite tax payments being made on time)

    In a news item on our website dated 16 February we questioned whether HMRC were using the penalty regime as an alternative means of raising further revenue.  Another example appearing through the Tribunal system simply adds fuel to this argument.…

  27. Superkrush Films reaps the rewards of Let’s Grow support and investment

    Funding helps media producer to create jobs, boost turnover and win new clients

    Creative Video Agency Superkrush has more than doubled its workforce and almost doubled its turnover since securing £90,000 of Let’s Grow Regional Growth Fund funding in early …

  28. UNW charity cycle challenge 2016

    On Saturday 2nd July 2016 a group of 21 dedicated colleagues from UNW will cycle almost 80 miles from St Mary’s Lighthouse to Holy Island in support of our nominated charity.

    If the 80 mile cycle wasn’t enough to contend …

  29. Clayton Glass boosts turnover and job creation after Let’s Grow support and investment

    County Durham glazing company on course for impressive expansion

    Major glazing manufacturer and supplier Clayton Glass has created 18 jobs as a result of moving premises and installing new equipment, with grant support from the Let’s Grow Regional Growth Fund.

  30. Financial recruitment specialist Laura Dean joins UNW’s Strategic Talent team

    Expert bolsters accountant’s unique recruitment search service

    UNW has appointed senior recruitment specialist Laura Dean to its Strategic Talent team, a unique service in the North East to help businesses appoint the right people and develop their senior management teams.…

  31. Jules B returns to growth after being defrauded

    Family-owned North East designer clothing and accessories business Jules B is back in the black, after suffering significant losses due to fraudulent accounting that almost saw the company plunge into administration.

    The company, founded in 1984 by husband and wife …

  32. The Scotswood Road to World-Class Engineering

    Since making a £20m investment in their new riverside premises in 2014, Newcastle-based engineering experts Responsive Engineering faced a challenging economic downturn and some tough decisions. The global downturn in the Defence and Oil & Gas industries has had a

  33. Decision from the European Court threatens havoc with significant increased VAT costs for the insurance sector

    A judgement handed down on 17 March by the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that the EU wide VAT exemption (applying to insurance related transactions) has to be interpreted strictly.  The UK currently allows VAT exemption

  34. UNW Budget 2016 summary

    George Osborne presented a busy Budget yesterday, though the activity did not hide a significant deterioration in growth forecasts and so future tax receipts.

    The improvement in forecasts only 3 months ago for the Autumn Statement was more than reversed, …

  35. PSI Global unveils ambitious new targets thanks to Let’s Grow Funding

    PSI Global unveils ambitious new targets thanks to Let’s Grow Funding

    Filtration and separation specialist PSI Global has unveiled ambitious plans to increase its turnover by 60% and create 30 new jobs in the next three years taking its total …

  36. Digital technology specialist wins Government cash to connect driverless cars

    UNW client Control F1 leads £1.7m Innovate UK i-Motors project

    A client of Newcastle-based business advisors UNW is to lead a £1.7 million project that aims to make the roads safer by driving forward the technology needed for the widespread …

  37. Rook Matthews Sayer acquired by Connells Group

    North East estate agency becomes part of nationwide property group.

    North East estate agency Rook Matthews Sayer (RMS) has been acquired by the Connells Group, in a deal led by business advisors UNW.

    Newcastle-based RMS, which has 16 branches, more

  38. UNW advises Lloyd Motor Group on first North Yorkshire acquisition

    Dealership adds Ripon Land Rover to its growing portfolio.

    Growing car dealership group Lloyd Motor Group has acquired the Ripon Land Rover site and Service Centre at Leyburn, North Yorkshire, with advice from business advisors UNW.
    The deal, which was …

  39. Are HMRC using the penalty regime as an easy source of raising additional revenue?

    In recent years this is a question we have occasionally asked ourselves, but surely HM Revenue & Customs wouldn’t go down such a route? After all, the publicity surrounding the current penalty regime when it was introduced in 2009 focuses

  40. Charity governance – getting it right

    Following on from our latest Charity briefing on the subject of Board Assessment and Development, Peter Neal – Head of Strategic Talent at UNW looks at best practice in charity governance and why having the right board of trustees with

  41. Linking-in at the UNW Events Programme 2016

    Newcastle accountancy and advisory firm UNW has launched its 2016 programme of events, workshops and seminars covering topical issues to help develop and grow clients’ businesses.

    With a number of expert presenters sharing great insights in a range of areas, …

  42. Gift Aid and tax changes to dividends – the law of unintended consequences?!!

    In the 2015 Autumn Statement the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a quiet revolution of how dividends will be taxed after the end of the current tax year to 5th April 2016.

    To date, while there has been much press coverage …

  43. UNW Dental Business Unit Bulletin – January 2016

    The latest UNW Dental Business Unit Bulletin has been  published.  

    Headlining the Bulletin is the latest goodwill survey from NASDAL for the quarter ended 31 October 2015 with the news that NHS practices sales as a percentage of goodwill are …

  44. HMRC announce review of VAT grouping

    HMRC have published Brief 03/2016 (14 January 2016) which announces a welcome review of VAT grouping provisions following recent judgements by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    The Brief indicates that HMRC expect the review will result in …

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