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A change in ownership can bring opportunity but also increased expectations. It helps to have someone who’s seen it before. We are your PwC

Sarah O’Donnell, Private Business Midlands and forward thinker

When new owners or investors get involved in your business, it’s a time of excitement. But change can also feel a little daunting. Questions about what you do, and how you do it. New reporting requirements, demands on you and your people that you may not have experienced before.

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Whatever you are facing, it’s likely Sarah has seen it before. It could be the financial information required by lenders, the impact on morale and culture of bringing in a new investor, or a difference in opinion on investment or future direction. She’ll help you anticipate and manage the needs of new stakeholders so that you’re not on the back-foot.

Take for example how she worked with the management of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. When they transitioned to new ownership Sarah helped them adjust to a new way of working. From processes and controls to help with reporting, to getting ready for the next stage of growth, Sarah brought her experience of working with different clients to help.

"Sarah supported us in the transition from Birmingham City Council funding structures and pension arrangements arising from 40 years of ownership to private equity owners LDC with new holding companies, debt structures and lease arrangements under International Financial Reporting Standards. We find Sarah and PwC to be highly capable and collaborative in approach, and helpful in delivery, rolling their sleeves up when necessary and providing us with pragmatic solutions, notably on accounting for deferred tax. They also work closely with Karl and the tax team to provide a joined-up service and have been invaluable to us as a finance team and as a business."

Russel Sang Group Finance Director, NEC

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