Working with business owners and key decision makers
Whether you’re an owner-managed business, a family-run office, private equity-backed company, or an entrepreneurial start-up, your business is unique. It’s built around you and your ambition, it reflects your vision and it will be your legacy.
No matter where you are on your business journey, for us, your success is personal. From managing risk, to creating value and building the right culture, at PwC we’re dedicated to understanding what matters most to you and establishing trusted long-term relationships.
We will listen, understand and help solve your most important problems. We will use our deep expertise to create the right approach for your goals, looking after your business and your personal wealth.
"Owner-managed businesses are some of the most creative and dynamic companies in the UK. They play a vital role in their communities, they drive innovation and they are truly passionate about what they do. It really is inspiring to work hand-in-hand with private and family-run businesses to help them realise their ambitions."
In 2020, we saw the biggest upheaval of the UK business community in modern times. Overnight, entire workforces shifted to remote working. International borders closed, with flights grounded. Logistics and supply chains required immediate reorganisation. At the same time, business leaders began to reimagine their role in society and to consider the legacy they would leave for future generations.
Through a series of interviews, PwC captured the realities of life inside family and privately-run businesses all over the country, as they pivoted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We begin 2021 with a UK-wide lockdown upon us once again. But this time around, we are armed with hope for the future and the lessons we have learned from living and working remotely. In this report, we reflect on the experiences of 2020 and what they can tell us about the year ahead - and we consider the transformations that look set to endure.
Download a copy of ‘Private Business: The way ahead’, below.
“Within the private business community, we've seen countless examples of ingenuity and resilience, as business leaders used the crisis as a catalyst for change and innovation. As a result, many business owners and managers will start 2021 with a wholly different outlook on their business, their clients and their people. It has been a truly transformational year.”
We call our framework "The Owner’s Agenda". This framework can help you balance and reconcile your ownership and business strategies, in a consistent, integrated and joined-up way, reflecting that you sit at the heart of each of them, and that your agenda encompasses both. Explore our interactive diagram below, to understand how we can help you identify a roadmap to effective ownership and sustainable business growth.
Whether you’re making divestments or acquisitions, expanding internationally or shoring up at home, unlocking value will be key to your long-term ambition.
For businesses considering a deal, considerations run the gamut from structuring the deal itself, to managing stakeholders and leadership teams, to realising the true potential and profitability of a transaction.
We support businesses in making the right move, at the right time. And we work with companies to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, streamlining supply chains, standardising systems and ensuring data quality, so that you have a robust financial base - whatever your future plans.
Reward, benefits and pension strategies are just one part of the equation. Businesses are also juggling everything from employment tax obligations and managing cross-border workers to building diverse and inclusive workforces. Throw in ever-changing technology and the challenge of upskilling, and keeping pace can start to feel overwhelming.
We help private businesses manage all aspects of their workforce strategy. We want you to be able to grow — without losing the culture, values and ambitions that define your business.
As a business, what are your ambitions? You may be interested in an approach or understanding what your business is worth. Perhaps you’re putting succession and continuity plans in place or thinking about how you can transfer ownership to future generations.
And as individuals and families, managing, protecting and growing your wealth requires action today to build a legacy for tomorrow.
We help clients prepare for the future in the face of increased complexity, regulation and public scrutiny. We work with you to put in place a clear strategy, which takes account of your commercial and personal objectives.
Directors face significant oversight responsibilities and increased personal liability for ensuring good governance, while prosecutors are bringing more cases against businesses suffering compliance failures. At the same time, increased media scrutiny and a consumer focus on ethical business practices are adding to the pressure.
While this can feel like a burden, strong compliance and governance structures can bring real commercial benefits - mitigating risk and adding value from a financial, operational and reputational perspective.
From corporate governance to immigration law and tax structures, we work with private businesses of all sizes to ensure that their governance and controls are fit for purpose. We help to identify and manage potential risks from day one - joining the dots across your teams so that nothing falls through the cracks.