Planning is vital to a successful exit strategy from your business

Planning your exit strategy carefully from your business can make a massive difference to your retirement and future plans, according to national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe.

Crowe is holding a workshop and seminar for business owners, business leaders and finance directors at the firm’s Midlands office at Black Country House, Rounds Green Road, Oldbury, on Thursday 25 January from 08:00 to 10:00.

The free event is entitled “Exit Strategies and Debt Solutions” and will be presented by Crowe staff with experience of working with SMEs over many years.

Andy Kay, corporate finance partner, said: “We understand that business leaders benefit most from working with an external advisor to plan an exit strategy.

“We can help to equip you and your business with the knowledge, tools and expertise you need, and we hope you will join us at this seminar to help you plan a departure from your business.”

He will be joined by Julie Mole, director debt advisory. She said: “We will be covering how best you can plan your exit and the options available to you for exiting your business.

“We will also discuss the funding options available to you.”

Interested parties can register here, or call 0121 543 1900. 

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About us

Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • Top charity auditor for 15 consecutive years (Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2023)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2023 for the fourth consecutive year (InsuranceERM)
  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 4th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2023)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC (Financial Reporting Council) Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, August 2023)

Crowe’s Midlands Corporate Finance team facilitates cross-border cold storage and distribution deal

The Midlands corporate finance team of national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe UK has advised on the acquisition of a Somerset business by CubeCold Europe.

Following the strategic acquisition of J R Harding & Sons, a temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution company based in Frome for an undisclosed sum, CubeCold Europe has expanded its UK presence.

Crowe director Chasz Coulsting and corporate finance manager Nick Martin acted for CubeCold, providing financial, tax, and HR due diligence services as well as buy side advisory and support on the deal.

Coulsting said: “This is the second deal we have helped CubeCold complete in the UK, with the first taking place last year when CubeCold acquired Pulleyn Transport. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the team at CubeCold to strengthen its UK presence.”

CubeCold Europe’s chief executive officer Gerben Paauwe said: “This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit that strengthens our position in the UK. J R Harding & Sons’ reputation and customer relationships complement our own and together we can provide even greater value to customers through an integrated network.”

Law firm DWF, led by Alexis Karim, acted for CubeCold, and J R Harding & Sons were advised by Temple Bright on the legal side and Monahans on the financial side.

Founded in 1964, J R Harding & Sons operates a 17,000 pallet, temperature-controlled, warehouse with a focus on high value, high margin goods. In addition to the warehouse, the company has a fleet of 11 transport units and runs an Iveco truck maintenance business on the 4.3 acre property.

The location also provides CubeCold with the opportunity to develop a new coldstore facility in the near future.

Situated near the ports of Southampton, Bristol and Bridgwater, J R Harding & Sons’ prime location enhances CubeCold’s logistics network and integrates seamlessly into the company’s current UK operations.

CubeCold Europe is a pan-European cold storage platform, focusing on acquiring and developing small to medium-sized cold storage facilities across strategic areas. A special focus on ports and logistics hubs in Europe makes CubeCold one of the key players in Europe.

The platform has already assembled a portfolio of around 270,000 pallets across strategic assets in the Benelux, UK and Italy region, and is expanding rapidly.

Andy Kay, partner and Head of Corporate Finance in the Midlands and South West, said: “This cross-border deal follows hot-on-the-heels of a number of other international transactions in which we have played a leading role, most notably the recent multi-million pound sale of a UK / Middle Eastern-based specialist manufacturer to a North American buyer, giving the buyer a major foothold in territories in which it did not have a presence.“We are anticipating continued overseas interest in UK-based businesses who are looking at their exit plans, particularly in those businesses that are well-run, have a particular niche and are generally resilient.”

Crowe’s Midlands office is in Black Country House, Rounds Green Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, from where the regional Corporate Finance team advises businesses across the wider Midlands area and the UK. 

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Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2023 for the fourth consecutive year (InsuranceERM)
  • Global Climate Risk and Sustainability Awards 2023 Sustainability Consultancy of the year
  • Climate and Sustainability Champion of the year 2023 award for Alex Hindson, Partner and Head of Sustainability

Supply, raw materials and import costs top UK manufacturing concerns

Nearly 90% of UK manufacturing firms have been affected by the price and availability of raw materials in the past year, according to the annual Manufacturing Outlook Survey conducted by national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe, in partnership with the Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM).

And 78% say they have been affected by supply chain issues, with 66% reporting that import costs have risen in the past 12 months.

A significant 69% are considering reshoring.

Johnathan Dudley, Midlands & South West Managing Partner and Head of Manufacturing at Crowe, said: “Manufacturers’ financial results made for interesting reading as many firms recorded a strong showing in reporting for financial years ending December 2022 and March 2023.

“This reflected the optimism showed in our winter survey, when 60% of firms said they expected their turnover to grow in 2023.”

Some sectors, however, have clearly been hit harder than others.

Manufacturers exposed to the retail sector saw sales impacted by the dampening effect of interest rates and inflation on consumer spending.

Businesses in automotive manufacturing, aero and rail supply chains were able to pass on price inflation, whereas white electricals and food and beverage price rises have stunted sales for manufacturers exposed to retail headwinds.

Covid-19, geopolitical tension, the conflict in Ukraine and global inflationary pressures combine to ensure supply remains the most critical success factor for many businesses. Raw material price and procurement problems were at their peak in 2021, but pressure on supply remains high with a strong majority (88%) affected by the price of raw materials in 2022/23.

The lingering impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union is causing headaches as the post-Brexit regulatory landscape has become clearer. This is reflected by 31% listing Brexit as a barrier to international trade, a much higher proportion than implied by previous survey responses – suggesting a delay in the true impact of the UK-EU split being felt and realised.

This barrier is not insurmountable, with 78% of respondents successful exporters, but more than a third (35%) indicate that the complexities caused by indirect taxes and duties, clear products of Brexit, have discouraged further expansion into new trading territories.

A potential trend towards re-shoring is one to watch, as two-thirds (66%) report rising costs for goods imported. Local sourcing and greater control of supply chains is evidenced by 69% saying they would consider re-shoring, but only 45% of those currently importing say the same.

Though not possible for all materials (particularly semi-conductors), shortening or internalising of supply chains brings benefits including reduced stock holding and attendant working capital requirements, as well as helping organisations become greener and move towards net zero goals.

Labour is another priority issue, evidenced by three-quarters (76%) of respondents experiencing difficulty in retaining or recruiting skilled staff. More training is required, alongside continued investment in digital manufacturing while a national campaign to promote the sector as a career choice for future generations would help to remedy the problem longer-term.

Johnathan Dudley, Partner and Head of Manufacturing at Crowe, added: “Pent-up demand, post-Covid, has fed through to resilient financial results for UK manufacturers. Supply challenges still remain, however, and the costs and administrative burdens of importing may drive a re-shoring trend which brings environmental benefits, too.

“Businesses face no shortage of challenges, including recruiting and retaining skilled workers, but a looming election provides hope for greater support and recognition of regulatory barriers for manufacturers in recognition of the vital role they play in the UK economy. Indeed, it is high time that a dedicated Minister for Manufacturing was established to unlock the sector’s potential and allow UK plc to benefit.

“For true thrival, manufacturing organisations must look beyond the immediate hurdles and seek out opportunities, whether that be through strategic change of approach, or more actively pursuing supply chain opportunities attached to large infrastructure projects such as HS2 or Hinckley Point.”

Stephen Morley, CBM President, said: “A strong and well supported manufacturing sector has a major part to play in the UK economy’s GDP and should be a cornerstone to build on for any government, whether it be this one or the next.

“There is a unanimous feeling that our voices are not being heard, with EU funding disappearing, the lack of an Industrial Strategy and a business support landscape that is ‘piecemeal’ for conglomerates with little or no help for what our companies require, especially SMEs.

“The call for a ‘Minister for Manufacturing’ is growing and we need the powers that be at Whitehall to act sooner rather than later.”

The report can be found here – Manufacturing outlook report 2023 | Crowe UK

Crowe season-long sponsors of Robins’ keeper Jamie Pardington

It’s always good to have someone solid and reliable at your back – that’s why national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe are getting behind Jamie Pardington, a first team goalkeeper at Cheltenham Town FC this season.

The 23 year old signed this summer for The Robins and is currently on loan at Truro City.

He is being sponsored by the Cheltenham office of Crowe, a safe pair of hands in providing financial, tax and advisory services to businesses and individuals across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Jonathan Dudley, managing partner for Midlands and South West, Crowe UK, said: “We are of the firm belief that local businesses, including football clubs like Cheltenham Town are an important part of the community, so we are always looking to strengthen our links locally.

“Like any goalkeeper, we help Cheltenham businesses expertly balance both risk and reward to achieve the best outcome as team so our clients can prosper. This why we are delighted to be sponsoring the up and coming Robin Jamie Pardington and wish him all the best for the season.”

The backing of Crowe has been welcomed by the club.

Luke Saunders, commercial marketing manager, said: “Over the last few years Crowe have shown their support for Cheltenham Town in a number of ways through various means of sponsorship, the latest of which is now becoming the home shirt sponsor of goalkeeper Jamie Pardington, who signed for the club this summer.

“We are grateful to them for their continued backing of the Robins for the 2023/24 season.”The 6’5” keeper has gained experience with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bath City, Stratford Town, Dulwich Hamlet, Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town and Larne before signing for Cheltenham Town FC this summer.

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About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2022 for the third consecutive year (InsuranceERM)

Crowe appoints new audit partner in Midlands office

Audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has appointed Dan Town to partner in the firm’s audit practice.

Dan Town, who is based in Crowe’s Midlands office in Oldbury, has more than 22 years’ experience providing audit, risk and accountancy support to businesses of all sizes from owner-managed businesses, large corporates, international groups and AIM listed entities.

He has a wealth of experience, working with clients across a wide variety of sectors such as manufacturing, real estate, contracting, retail and sport, advising clients on accounting, technical matters, and group reorganisations. His area of focus at Crowe is providing audit and advisory services to the corporate market, both public and privately owned, ensuring they meet their audit compliance requirements and advising on changes in reporting requirements while delivering a quality-led and insightful audit.

Crowe is pleased to welcome Dan to the partnership at a time where there continues to be changes to the regulatory and accounting environment, which businesses particularly need to monitor. The proposals set out in FRED 82 for example, will see several changes for those preparing financial statements under UK GAAP. Dan’s expertise will be fundamental for businesses to understand how they might be impacted and can remain compliant.

Dan Town, audit partner, said: “I am delighted to join the partnership team at Crowe and look forward to working alongside talented colleagues across the country.

“Crowe has continued to grow in key markets such as its number of AIM listed clients and I look forward to contributing to that growth in my new role, as well as developing my focus on property and real estate across the Midlands and Southwest region.”

Johnathan Dudley, Managing Partner of the Midlands office, said: “Dan has been a fantastic asset to the team throughout his time here at Crowe and I am so pleased to welcome him to the partnership.

“With his depth of experience and sector knowledge, Dan’s expertise will be essential in continuing to support our clients through upcoming changes to the regulatory environment in these turbulent economic times. Congratulations Dan.”

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Crowe to reveal the major challenges facing UK manufacturing

The Outlook for Manufacturing in the UK will be revealed when national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe unveils its annual report on Tuesday 19 September.Crowe’s Head of Manufacturing Johnathan Dudley will be joined by Steve Morley, President of the Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM), to discuss what the future holds for British manufacturers.

Mr Dudley said: “We will reveal the results of our 2023 Outlook for Manufacturing survey and discuss the areas where businesses should focus their efforts to ensure ‘thrival’ during these challenging times.”

Steve Morley and Dudley will be outlining key findings contained in the manufacturing survey and highlighting issues such as importing, exporting, reshoring, energy and supply chains.

They will highlight how businesses can thrive in the current climate.

Morley said: “This event will be of immense value to those in the manufacturing sector who have an interest in or responsibility for business growth and planning.”

The event is being held at the NMC Venue, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, and runs from 08.00 registration and breakfast, followed by discussion and questions at 08.30 and closes at 09.30. For an invitation to this free event, call Nathan Sanghera on 0121 543 1900, or email nathan.sanghera@crowe.co.uk.

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About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organizations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk:

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2022 for the fourth consecutive year (InsuranceERM)

UK law firms encouraged to participate in industry ‘health-check’ with Crowe’s annual Benchmarking Survey 202

Crowe, a leading national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, is encouraging law firms across the country to participate in its 11th annual Law Firm Benchmarking Survey to help provide an invaluable “health check” of the sector in 2023.

Crowe is surveying law firms on their revenue expectations for this year, as well as gauging business confidence for the second half of 2023 onwards, especially as firms manage the consequences of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis on their bottom line. The benchmarking survey also seeks to understand firms’ approaches to tackling the threat of cyber security and fraud, the rise of technological innovation, as well as assess their environmental, social, and governance policies.

With offices across the UK, including in the Midlands and Cheltenham, Crowe is also encouraging firms to provide commentary on other prominent issues affecting individuals within the law profession, such as policies regarding equality, diversity and inclusion and how firms support changes to home/office work patterns and the mental health of their employees.

Each participating firm will receive a bespoke benchmarking report which analyses the firm’s performance allowing them to see how their organisation is positioned in the market and gives an insight into the successes of other participating firms to see how their firm compares. Crowe’s reports feature scatterplots which can be used as a catalyst for strategic discussions.

The full industry-wide report will be published later this Autumn.

The annual Law Firm Benchmarking Survey seeks the views of managing and senior partners and finance directors. It is quick and easy to complete the survey, click the link find out more: Law Firm Benchmarking 2023 | Crowe UK. The deadline for submissions is Monday 31 July.

Nicky Owen, Partner and Head of Professional Practices, Professional Practices, said: “Our national survey is a unique opportunity for law firms to see how they compare to their competitors in the industry as well as gauge the confidence of the sector over the coming year.

“While it only takes a short amount of time to complete, the unique commentary offered by our Law Firm Benchmarking Survey enables firms to see where they can become more innovative in finding opportunities to support existing client needs as well as attract new business and the next generation of talent to their firm.

“There are only two weeks left to complete the survey, so if you’re a managing or senior partner or finance director, don’t miss this opportunity to share your views.”

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About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organizations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC (Financial Reporting Council) Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2022 for the fourth consecutive year (InsuranceERM)

 

Crowe helping shape new horizons for young black professionals as firm welcomes new interns for 202

Crowe, a leading national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, welcomes Sofia Mohamed and Abdalla Abullahi to its Midlands office as part of its new cohort of ten interns to support the UK-wide programme to get 10,000 young black people into paid internships.

The 10,000 Intern Foundation (10kIF), which began as a UK-wide trial in 2020, offers those from underrepresented groups a flying start at building their career.

The 10kIF intern programme gives young black people the opportunity to receive a minimum six-weeks paid employment, helping kickstart their career at Crowe or develop new skills to support their future in a profession in another sector. Each intern at the firm is supported by a dedicated mentor to guide and support their development.

This year’s cohort join colleagues in Crowe’s other regional offices in Kent, Cheltenham, Manchester, Reading and the firm’s London office – meet them in their introductory video here.

The experience could also lead to a full-time position as Crowe employed two successful interns following the firm’s inaugural participation in the programme last year.

Crowe UK joins 700 other participating professional firms, multinational corporations, ambitious startups, and public bodies across finance, technology, advertising and over 25 other sectors in offering opportunities for young black people.

Johnathan Dudley, Head of Manufacturing and managing partner Midlands and South at Crowe UK, said: “Crowe is committed to uncovering talent and creating new horizons for under-represented people, no matter what their background, ethnicity or where they are from; because we want to provide opportunity to all who subscribe to our values.

“We are proud to be partnering with and promoting the 10,000 Interns programme for another year because helping change a societal mindset is a mammoth task and requires positive action from all quarters, to break down unnecessary barriers, for everyone.

“We’re delighted to welcome Sofia and Abdalla to our team as part of this year’s cohort of ten interns across Crowe’s UK business and look forward to helping shape and support their future.”

Nigel Bostock, chief executive of Crowe, said: “At Crowe we care about our people, being inclusive and providing opportunity for all. It was an absolute pleasure to have the chance to meet and spend time them and provide insight on Crowe with a great question and answer session as part of the Intern induction programme.

“I wish them every success during their time with Crowe.”

Crowe’s aim is to create a community where, regardless of gender, identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, education or background, everyone is valued and has the opportunity to flourish and to achieve their full potential.

The firm aims to foster a culture of respect, where its people support each other and clients, are listened to and can develop their knowledge and awareness of each other’s differences. Crowe encourages celebration and promotion of the diversity within its teams and the benefits that this brings to the firm and to individuals.

Crowe is a place where everyone can bring their whole selves to work.

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    • Front, left to right: Ayah Hemmid, Sofia Mohamed, Latanya Simmonds, Kirsten Jong. Stephen Annan Jr, Mckinley Chibambo and Abdalla Abullahi
    • Back, left to right: Elliot Tshiango, Imuetinyan Aletor and Joseph-Junior Karikari

About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2022 for the third consecutive year (InsuranceERM)

Crowe Head of Manufacturing receives national Mindshop award 

The managing partner of national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe in the Midlands and South West has been awarded a national honour by a global business advisory service.

Johnathan Dudley has been awarded the 2023-24 “Value to Others” award by Mindshop.

This is an annual award presented by the Mindshop organisation to one of its members for providing “Value to Others”, the philosophy at the core of the organisation, and recognition for one individual with a long record of subscribing to those values.

Mr Dudley joined Mindshop in 1999 and has been a keen advocate of its comprehensive business advisory support programme which gives professional advisors such as him the tools to help their clients.

Mindshop is a model which empowers business leaders and advisors with the tools, proven strategic methodologies, global peer-networking opportunities and experienced coaching support needed to fast-track their growth, profit and personal development objectives.

Johnathan Dudley joined the firm 35 years ago and is now Head of Manufacturing at Crowe UK. He is an ICAEW Council member, chair of the ICAEW West Midlands Regional Strategy Board and a director of Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

He said: “I am particularly proud and humbled to receive this award as it cuts right to the heart of what Mindshop is about.

“It is a key part of my work as an advisor to clients, whether board members or managers, and as a coach and mentor to support them in what they do and help them to realise their goals, whether business or personal.

“I have a 35 year success record in helping businesses and individuals and I love making a difference.

“And for those who will be watching the Ashes or ‘The Hundred’ this summer,  I am an accountant but my clients will tell you that I’m much more than that.

“I don’t just ‘keep score’, I’m in there batting with you!”

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About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk


Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2022 for the third consecutive year (InsuranceERM)

Crowe’s ‘HandsOn’ help puts DIY skills to use for Acorns Children’s Hospice

Employees from national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe spent a day helping to build new outdoor facilities at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester.

Teaming up with HandsOn, 55 people from Crowe used their DIY skills to build activity facilities for children and their families.

These included a new outdoor cabin, dismantling an old structure to make way for new facilities, constructing a wooden toy storage shed and they cleared turf and pathways around the gardens.

Tony White, Partner and Chief People Officer at Crowe, said: “This is the second national Crowe Community Day. We launched the programme back in November 2022 with the refurbishment of a children’s adventure playground in East London.”

Johnathan Dudley, Midlands and South West Managing Partner at Crowe, said: “I am very proud to be an Acorns Ambassador and I am delighted that people from our team at Crowe have been able to support the hospice.

“Acorns is an amazing place – they make the time that these young people and their families have together to be the best it possibly can. We really enjoyed taking some time away from our desks to do something really practical to help them. We really care about our communities at Crowe and it’s important to us to give something back.”

Emma Harewood, from the Fundraising Team at Acorns, said: “A huge thank you to Crowe and HandsOn for all their hard work building the outdoor cabin. It looks fantastic and I know the children and young people who use the hospice will be thrilled when they see it!

“A major part of the work we do is making memories for families. Our gardens are places for reflection and wellbeing, where children can play and where memories are made. The work that the team at Crowe has done is vital to Acorns and we really appreciate it.”

Tony White added: “At Crowe we acknowledge the role we play in, not only the career development of the great people that work for us and the clients that we support daily with the professional service they expect but also our support for the local communities and great charitable causes that we want to support throughout the year.

“We hope that the work we have done leaves a lasting legacy that can provide support and amenities that the hospice and its team, children and families can use for many years to come.”

The charity HandsOn designs and build new facilities for communities, schools and charities all over the UK, often involving local companies and organisations to deliver projects. These facilities can be anything from outdoor classrooms to community gardens to exciting playgrounds for children.

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Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2022)
  • Top charity auditor for 14 consecutive years (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2022 Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation awards – Best Overall Marketing Campaign category for Your Life Builder
  • Awarded Bronze in the 2023 Citywealth Magic Circle awards
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2022 for the third consecutive year (InsuranceERM)