Entries by Ian Johnson

Will the Budget be good for your business?

The countdown is on to March’s Budget – the first since Boris Johnson’s general election victory – and the big question is what it will mean for business in the post-Brexit world? New Chancellor Rishi Sunak has already indicated that when he stands up to deliver his speech it will be very much focused on […]

A growing appetite for private equity

One of the business buzzwords of 2019 was ‘uncertainty’ and when coupled with Brexit it was little wonder there was a sense of trepidation when it came to dealmaking. However, despite that uncertain feeling, it seems that businesses in this part of the UK didn’t let the political landscape deter them when it came to […]

Planning for the future

Lancashire-headquartered planning consultancy De Pol Associates continues to build momentum as it works with its clients to deliver development schemes across the county and beyond. The Farrington-based consultancy has recently submitted plans for two major housing schemes in Wyre as the resurgence in residential property grows in this part of the world. Investment in resources, […]

Higher wages spark price hikes

MORE than four in ten small companies in the UK have been forced to raise prices because of higher rates of basic pay, according to a new study. The research from the FSB says business owners are cutting profits and productivity-enhancing investments in an attempt to absorb inflation-beating wage increases. Some are even paying themselves […]

Late payments clampdown hailed ‘a victory’

Large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time as part of a package of welcome measures launched by the government earlier this month. It means that company boards will be held accountable for their payment practices for first time. The Small Business Commissioner has been given new powers to tackle […]

A sad loss

Mervyn Coward, who was a Partner and later a consultant at WNJ, sadly passed away earlier this month following a short illness. Mervyn, 69, from Fulwood, Preston, was a true gentleman and a popular figure whose long and valued association with WNJ spanned more than half a century. This speaks for itself, in that Mervyn […]

Are you preparing for Brexit?

Only one in seven small businesses have starting planning for a no deal Brexit, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Despite more than 40 per cent believe quitting the EU without a deal will impact their business, it seems many are not yet starting to plan for the possibility. The […]

Lea Hough seal a deal to expand practice

Leading North West Chartered Surveyors Lea Hough has continued its recent period of growth in a deal that sees it join forces with a Lancaster firm. Matthew Parkinson Surveying has become part of the Preston-headquartered business, with Matthew Parkinson joining the practice as a partner to head up its residential valuation department. WNJ advised Lea […]

Promotions as WNJ looks to the future

WNJ has announced a string of promotions as the practice continues to reward talent and invest in the people delivering its leading services to a growing client base. The move sees the creation of four new Associates, all dedicated to building even stronger relationships with WNJ’s clients as the firm continues with its own development […]

Why family firms matter

A detailed new report has revealed the full extent of the massive contribution that family businesses make to the UK’s economy. According the latest UK Family Business Sector Report, produced by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB), they are responsible for a quarter of the nation’s GDP. And that contribution has risen […]