Brexit Blog – Brexit Withdrawal Treaty: 15 November 2018

15.11.18 / Insight posted in Blog

So the proposed treaty, running to some 500 pages, has finally been released. Theresa May has won cabinet support after a five-hour meeting (or ferocious debate) and the UK’s exit moves to the next stage. The Brexit deal still requires EU27 agreement – a summit is planned before the end of the month; and then…


Company insolvency statistics – Q3 2018

15.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

The Insolvency Service has released the latest figures for Q3 2018 and reports that company insolvencies have increased compared with Q2 2018. This has been driven by the highest number of creditors’ voluntary liquidations since Q1 2012. At Kingston Smith & Partners, we are with our clients through the tough times as well as the…


VAT implications of no-deal Brexit

14.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

The government has published a paper based on the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the VAT implications. The guidance is useful but mostly not surprising. Here we summarise HMRC’s guidance on how VAT would affect businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March 2019. Postponed VAT accounting on imports Postponed accounting…


Kingston Smith guides organisations towards social value excellence

14.11.18 / Insight posted in KS News

Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management (KSFM), in collaboration with Social Value UK, has launched a customisable social value policy document. This downloadable policy template that organisations can fill in themselves, following guidance notes, is an essential jigsaw piece for organisations wanting to formulate, embed and manage social value practices. Karl Leathem, director of impact at…


There’s more to value than financials

12.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

Financial value has been the traditional way of measuring an organisation’s success. However, financial value is not the only type of value that exists. The Oxford English Dictionary defines value as the “importance, worth or usefulness of something”. For many people there is a lot of value in the non-financial aspects of their lives, in…


Top tips for integrating your social value policy

12.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

Kingston Smith’s impact team works with clients to incorporate social value and its principles into everything they do. Read our five top tips below about how to integrate your social value policy into your organisation so that it is followed and applied in a straightforward way: 1. Start realistically Begin with a clearly defined area…


Social Value Policy Template

12.11.18 / Insight posted in Practical Guides

This template was produced by the impact team at Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management in collaboration with Social Value UK. It is designed for any organisation interested in embedding the management of social value into their organisation or projects. It outlines a flexible social value policy which can be adapted for any organisation or project.…


Growth Capital Update Q3 2018 – Record year for growth capital in the UK

07.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

Our latest growth capital update reveals that tech deals no longer rule the roost in 2018. Online B2B services gave tech deals a run for the growth-capital money this quarter, equalling the sector’s 16% of overall deal volume in the first nine months of this year. Institutions led deal-doing again this quarter, with 70% of…


Property alert – new rules for houses in multiple occupation

06.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

New legislation has come into effect in England and Wales that affects landlords of houses in multiple occupation (HMO). The summary below gives brief details of the main changes to the rules. Minimum standards for bedroom sizes The following minimum standards now apply: Double bedrooms must be at least 10.22m2 in area; Single bedrooms must…


Mergers and acquisitions in the marketing and media sectors – Q3 2018

05.11.18 / Insight posted in Articles

Mergers and acquisitions in the marketing and media sectors have shown resilience in the face of Brexit-induced uncertainty, with Q3 recording strong activity levels for Kingston Smith’s Marketing & Media Deal Tracker. 70 deals took place, up from 60 in Q2 and keeping pace with Q1’s 73. Digital businesses remain the most sought-after in the…