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. Autumn Statement 2015 Summary

    We have prepared this Summary to outline the key issues that are most likely to be of interest to you together with comments to help you assess the likely effect that the proposed changes may have on you personally and their

  2. Autumn Statement 2015

    It is not long now until Chancellor George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement on Wednesday 25 November – the third time he has stood at the Despatch Box in 2015! He will also provide details of the updated forecast from

  3. UNW helps client with strategic manufacturing appointment

    COUNTY Durham building envelope specialist CA Group has bolstered its senior management with the help of business adviser UNW’s Strategic Talent team.

    John Tweedlie brings with him 25 years’ manufacturing experience, in roles from production engineering to interim managing director.

  4. Boost for SME’s following HMRC’s consultation on improving access to R&D tax credits

    Following an announcement within the government’s Autumn Statement in 2014, HMRC carried out a consultation on improving access to Research and Development (‘R&D’) tax relief for small businesses. In  the subsequent March 2015 Budget, the government made a commitment to


    ENTREPRENEURIAL chartered accountants and business advisers UNW LLP – who have grown every year for the last 10 years – have once again cemented their position of delivering long term, sustainable growth after reporting a 10% rise in turnover.

    In …

  6. UNW Graduate open evening

    Thursday 12th November 2015, 6pm-8pm

    On Thursday 12th November 2015, UNW are holding a ‘Meet and Greet’ open evening open to all years and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in Audit. UNW are here to help you pursue

  7. Pension Fund Costs – VAT recovery vs. Corporate Tax Deduction

    Monday 26 October 2015 saw yet another Brief published by HMRC on the subject of VAT recovery and pension funds.  This time its focus was HMRC now recognising that its earlier suggestions for assisting an Employer to reclaim VAT on

  8. New dividend regime – A welcome development or not?

    In the Summer Budget, George Osborne announced that a new system for taxing dividends would be introduced from 6 April 2016 for individuals.

    Although a £5,000 exemption was announced, it has become apparent that the changes are not tax neutral …

  9. Restriction for finance costs for landlords

    Although it is a while away yet, we are increasingly being asked by our personal tax clients who rent out residential properties whether the tide is turning in terms of the buy-to-let opportunity that so many people have taken advantage

  10. Houghton International creates jobs after grant from Journal’s Let’s Grow fund

    An engineering firm has created new jobs and invested in state-of-the-art equipment after receiving a grant from the Let’s Grow fund.

    Newcastle-based Houghton International has invested over £100,000 in a new coil press and a further £200,000 in the redevelopment …

  11. UNW charity concert raises more than £1,300 for Caring Hands

    BUSINESS advisers UNW hit the right note – and raised more than £1,300 for older and disabled people in the East End of Newcastle – after hosting a concert with pie and peas supper (Sept 17).

    The Newcastle-based firm of …

  12. UNW’s young talent compete with the best in the UK

    BUSINESS advisers UNW are on the look out for young talent to join its Newcastle firm as its current apprentices and graduates are excelling and being recognised nationally.

    Fast-growing chartered accountants UNW, which now employs over 100 staff, are celebrating …

  13. Charities to foot the bill for greater scrutiny

    Recently the charity sector has been rocked by the adverse coverage surrounding the collapse of the Kids Company and extensive criticism over some of the aggressive fundraising methods used by external agencies to identify donors and/or obtain donations.

    However the …

  14. Research and Development (‘R&D’) – is your company claiming enough?

    HMRC have published their latest updated statistics on R&D claims made by type, sector and region.

    You can access the report by clicking here.

    To summarise, the report shows that:
    • The number of R&D claims being made has increased in …


    BUSINESS advisers UNW are hoping to hit the right note – and raise another £1,000 for older and disabled people in the East End of Newcastle – as they host a concert with pie and peas supper this month.

    The …

  16. £71k penalty for paying VAT return one day late is OK according to the Upper Tax Tribunal

    A decision released by the Upper Tax Tribunal on 3 August is likely to disappoint shareholders of Trinity Mirror PLC, but also serves as a warning over the hardening stance of both HMRC and Tax Tribunals over respective due dates

  17. 5% reduced rate VAT relief on residential property work at risk?

    The UK currently operates a very valuable VAT relief on certain works to existing residential property, and under the relief VAT at the 5% reduced rate is chargeable (instead of the normal 20% standard rate).

    In broad terms, this 5% …

  18. UNW advises on historic motor dealership acquisition

    Newcastle-based UNW helped the Northern motor company form the largest privately-owned group of BMW/MINI retailers in the country after it advised on the acquisition of Bateman of Lindale, in the South Lakes, for an undisclosed sum.

    With nearly 90 years’ …

  19. UNW helps house builder grow sales to £40m with Finance Director find

    FAMILY-RUN house builder Cussins is fuelled to grow its business almost six-fold to £40m in the next four years after business advisers UNW helped find a new face to add to its expanding senior management team.

    Northumberland-based Cussins’ new finance …

  20. SUMMER BUDGET 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne gave his second Budget of the year to Parliament yesterday – his seventh as Chancellor but first for a Conservative majority Government

    This seems likely to be regarded as one of his more substantial Budgets, with a …

  21. Government announces a delay to the new tax free childcare scheme

    The new scheme (now to be launched in 2017) is intended to eventually replace the existing employer-supported childcare (commonly provided through salary sacrifice via a voucher type scheme).

    What does this mean for employers?

    Up until the tax-free childcare project …

  22. UNW dental deal safeguards 10 Sunderland jobs

    Business advisers UNW have helped safeguard 10 jobs and the treatment of thousands of patients after helping a Sunderland dental practice, trading under the threat of a compulsory purchase order for the last decade, change hands and move sites.

    Experts …

  23. UNW advises on £100m worth of deals in record first quarter of 2015

    Business advisers UNW delivered a record-breaking first quarter of 2015, having completed an unprecedented number of deals with a combined transactional value of around £100m.

    Newcastle-based UNW say the advisory market is returning to pre-recession levels after its Corporate Finance …

  24. The man from the OTS says ‘yes’ to a simpler tax system

    The man charged with coming up with ideas to simplify the UK tax system has thanked people in the North East for their contribution towards informing his recommendations.

    Newcastle-based chartered accountants, business advisers and tax specialists UNW brought John Whiting …

  25. UNW’s work on Sevcon Let’s Grow grant leads to creation of 20 jobs

    Low carbon vehicle innovator Sevcon is recruiting an additional 20 skilled staff after receiving a £400,000 grant to develop a new range of controllers for electric and hybrid vehicles.

    The Gateshead-based company has been successful in securing cash from the …

  26. UNW helps secure almost £125,000 for North-East social enterprises

    Business advisers at UNW are helping North-East organisations tackling social problems, to attract investment and win contracts, after they secured substantial investment from a national fund.

    Newcastle-based chartered accountants UNW advised official charity of Sunderland Association Football Club, Foundation of …

  27. THE BUDGET 2015

    The Budget delivered by Chancellor George Osborne yesterday was clearly a pre-election Budget.  His sixth Budget, the last one of this Parliament, while broadly sticking to his ‘long term economic plan’ to reduce the deficit, eased back on forecast cuts

  28. New partner’s arrival bolsters UNW’s offering to SMEs

    A qualified tax adviser and chartered accountant is bringing her wealth of experience to business advisers UNW after becoming its 13th partner.


    Hazel Smith, who is originally from Newcastle, has joined the fast growing Tyneside firm from Greaves West …

  29. HMRC will not impose PAYE filing penalties for short delays from March 2015

    A delay of up to three days will not result in HMRC issuing a penalty for late filing of PAYE information.

    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have today announced that employers will not incur penalties for delays of up to …

  30. Impact of mismatch in VAT grouping rules throughout the EU – changes in the UK from 1 January 2016

    In our news article of 14 October 2014, we commented on the announcement by HMRC that it would be reviewing the rules concerning UK VAT Group provisions,  as a consequence of a  specific decision of the European Court involving Skandia America

  31. UNW continues to attract top talent to growing business

    Business advisers UNW has further bolstered its expanding firm by making a raft of top appointments, including its 13th partner, a former Entrepreneurs’ Forum chief and a team to head up an innovative new service line.

    Newcastle-based chartered accountants UNW …

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