Owner managed and family run businesses – the lifeblood of the economy

At Rawlinsons, we build a close working relationship with our owner managed business clients, to help them achieve their objectives. From basic accounting to complex business advice, we can provide the right support and guidance along the way.

Rawlinsons has a long-standing history and excellent reputation of acting for a significant number of owner managed businesses, ranging from family businesses, sole traders and entrepreneurs, through to limited liability partnerships and limited companies, both domestic and international.

Start up businesses

If you are starting up, we can advise you on choosing the most suitable business structure. We can help you formulate business plans and raise finance, and advise on, or help with, your bookkeeping. As a business owner it is important to have excellent knowledge of your financial situation. To help you with this Rawlinsons uses software tools, such as QuickBooks, Xero, Sage, Receipt Bank and Crunchboards, to enable us to be more proactive in helping you understand your finances in real time and run your business better.

We offer an extensive range of services. This may begin with the preparation of accounts, tax advice and VAT compliance.  As the business grows, or changes direction, many other services can be added to help at all stages of the business cycle, from start-up to exit.

Our services to start-up businesses include:

  • advice on appropriate business structure and trading vehicle;
  • business plans and financial forecasts;
  • company formation and secretarial services;
  • VAT and PAYE registration;
  • accounting software and installation;
  • bookkeeping services, including VAT returns and quarterly ‘Making Tax Digital’ submissions;
  • management and annual accounts and tax returns;
  • payroll and auto-enrolment;
  • remuneration planning.

Find out more about how we can support new businesses here

Growing and expanding businesses

Our services to growing and expanding businesses include:

  • business plans and financial forecasts;
  • external audit;
  • minimisation of tax liabilities;
  • tax efficient profit extraction;
  • employee rewards;
  • property transactions – CGT, SDLT and VAT;
  • research and development tax credits;
  • consideration of SEIS and EIS applications;
  • employee share plans;
  • shareholder protection;
  • merger and acquisitions.

Mature businesses

Our services to long-established businesses include:

  • business and share valuations;
  • succession and exit planning;
  • management buy outs and buy ins;
  • tax efficiency – entrepreneurs’ relief and business property relief;
  • pension advice and planning;
  • retirement, estate planning, wills and probate.

Rawlinsons understands the challenges faced by owner managed businesses, and we conduct an annual survey of business across Greater Peterborough that aims to gather insights into the aspirations, challenges and opportunities facing owner managed businesses in the coming year. Our latest annual report is available to download here.