Manufacturing and distribution

The demand keeps growing for higher quality goods, faster response times and lower costs, while mass customisation, outsourcing and leaner margins are increasing competitive pressures. The successful manufacturing and distribution businesses are those doing more with less – while focussing more closely on what their customers really want.

As experienced advisers to the manufacturing and distribution sector, we can help you take advantage of the opportunities that are out there and keep you one step ahead in this changing world.

Whether you’re grappling with changes to export duties, looking for fresh investment or trying to address a skills shortage, speak to our team of specialists for the commercial advice you can act on.

Our manufacturing and distribution sector services include:

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Lead Contact

Jeremy Read

+44 (0)1727 896938
Email: Jeremy Read

HR Consultancy

Our team of HR specialists have worked extensively with manufacturing clients to fix day-to-day employee issues and develop more effective long-term people strategies.

Retaining shop floor workers
Experienced workers lost to a competitor can be costly and time-consuming to replace. We work with manufacturing companies to establish the market rate for their employees. But we also identify what their employees really value. This means that other financial benefits could be removed or reduced, freeing up money to increase wages. Or other rewards or benefits prioritised that would stop workers moving to a competitor.

Building a career structure for internal promotions
Generally it’s cheaper to develop your own people and promote from within. But not everyone can operate at a higher level, which results in underperforming mangers or severe capability gaps. We work with companies to create career paths, linked to competencies, linked to training, linked to reward. This reduces the failure rate of promotions and attracts more junior level staff to join the company.

When you have to hire externally
In this sector, a huge amount of time and effort is spent considering investment in machinery and equipment. But when it comes to hiring people, a decision is usually reached after one or two short interviews. And the annual cost of an employee can often be more than the cost of a new machine. If you are lucky, the people you hire work out well, but often that’s not the case. We help our clients improve their whole onboarding process. From writing job profiles through to training managers and building pay and bonus structures to attract the right talent.

Tax and VAT

Our business and corporate tax specialists provide practical, commercial advice to the manufacturing sector. We work with our clients on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Capital allowances. From investment in a new factory to regular day to day capital expenditure, we will help you maximise your tax relief, taking advantage of the Annual Investment Allowance as well as more recently introduced reliefs such as the Super Deduction and the Structures & Buildings Allowance.
  • Research and development tax credits. We work with many manufacturing companies to deliver a full end-to-end process of claiming Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. Our team is highly experienced in assessing eligibility, preparing claims and supporting documents, as well as defending claims and liaising with HMRC.
  • Patent box. If your business exploits patented products or processes, we can help you to assess your eligibility for a significant reduction on your Corporation Tax charge. We will assess eligibility, prepare claims and advise you on how best to structure your business to benefit fully from the intellectual property you own or licence.

Corporate finance

Whether you’re looking to acquire, sell or raise funding, or are looking for your next strategic move, our manufacturing specialist corporate finance team can give the advice and support you need. We can help you to:

  • Sell your business – getting the best deal for you and your business.
  • Buy a business – if you are an MBO team or an established company looking to acquire, our integrated offering will help you complete a deal efficiently.
  • Carry out due diligence – we can carry out accounting, commercial and tax reviews to provide you with a detailed analysis of the risks and commitments of a target before your deal is completed.
  • Grow your business – our strategic advisory offering plots your journey to success and sets out the plan of action to get there.
  • Raise finance and growth capital – being part of an extensive global network, we can make appropriate introductions for you and organise the funding that matches your needs.
  • Value your business – whether you’re looking to sell, raise funds or negotiate, we can help you understand what your business is worth.

Lead Contact

Jeremy Read

+44 (0)1727 896938
Email: Jeremy Read

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