The Entrepreneurs Club - Sponsors Articles


Contact: Michael Derbyshire  
T: 0114 275 5100  

With a history dating back to 1827, Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) has been a leading player in the investment and discretionary wealth management space for many years and is proud to be part of Yorkshire’s wealth management industry. IW&I has now become one of the core pillars of Investec Group: around 1,200 of Investec’s 3,000 UK employees now work within Wealth & Investment. IW&I has 15 offices in the UK, including Sheffield, and manages client assets of over £30 billion.

IW&I offers a comprehensive range of investment services, from bespoke portfolio management to a full financial planning service including IHT, retirement and estate planning. Investment services are provided for a range of clients, from private individuals, companies, trustees, pension funds, personal injury claimants, and charities.

By being of part of the Investec Group, IW&I and its clients have access to significant research capabilities, international and cross-border investment management experience, and the ability to provide innovative financial services.


Contact: David Jones
T: 0113 246 2700

Reward Finance Group is a privately-owned business lender; providing finance with proven speed, flexibility and service.

With offices in Leeds and Manchester, Reward Finance Group specialises in three unique funding areas offering a one-stop-shop approach to all levels of secured cash flow finance:

REWARD CAPITAL - Asset backed cash flow solutions for up to 12 months.

REWARD INVOICE FINANCE - Invoice finance with additional cash flow options.

REWARD TRADE FINANCE - 100% funding for pre-sold goods.

With substantial funding lines Reward can offer borrowing solutions to a variety of businesses, throughout the UK. Our flexible funding solutions have proven to be entirely made to measure, extremely quick and ideal support for businesses who are finding it difficult getting finance from mainstream lenders, or in the timescales they require.
Reward Finance Group is run by its two key joint Managing Directors, Tom Flannery and Dave Jones, who are backed up by a knowledgeable and dedicated team, including Tim Stafford, Risk & Operations Director, and Nick Smith, Group Sales & Marketing Director. With well over 100 years of experience between them, the Directors give you access to deal direct with the decision makers. So there’s no unnecessary delays in organising finance for you or your clients.
Tradehold, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company majority owned by Christo Wiese, is an investment holding company and is the main backer of the Reward Finance Group.
For more information visit:



With one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial business teams in the region, Taylor Bracewell provides a full range of business law services for companies and not for profit organisations in and around Doncaster and Sheffield. 

Contact: Sara Ellison
T: 0114 272 9184

With one of the most dynamic and business minded teams in the region, Taylor Bracewell solicitors provides a full range of business law services for companies and not for profit organisations in and around Doncaster and Sheffield. The team has a long established reputation for providing a highly skilled, quality and value for money service. Its business lawyers are also well known and regarded for their practical and personable approach to providing effective solutions for clients.

Commercial law specialists, led by managing partner Sharon Beck, advises on issues such as business structure; buying and selling businesses; buying, selling or leasing property; shareholder and partnership agreements; directors’ duties and responsibilities; joint ventures and franchising; finance; protecting business assets and dispute resolution.

Taylor Bracewell's HR & Employment Law department, led by Sara Ellison, offers advice and assistance on employment law and human resource matters such as contracts of employment, directors’ service agreements and consultancy agreements; staff handbooks; discipline and grievance procedures; dismissal, redundancies and compromise agreements; unfair dismissal; discrimination; maternity and family friendly rights; flexible working issues; consultancy agreements; employment tribunal representation and business transfers & TUPE. The team’s fixed fee ‘Bulletproof HR Protection Plan’ offers complete, cost effective employment and HR peace of mind and is backed by a comprehensive insurance policy. Regular training sessions and free forums add to the team’s holistic approach to employment and HR advice.

Whatever type of business you have Taylor Bracewell is certain to have a practical solution tailored to your specific legal requirements.


Paul Harrison, MD
T: 0113 380 8930

Don't be gloomy - the outlook for Leeds is bright

The British media currently has two obsessions; the weather and Brexit. According to some, the outlook for both is gloomy but there is good news for investors in relation to Brexit. Firstly, the Office for National Statistics has reported that the effect of the vote to leave the UK has been more muted than anticipated and secondly, the UK also has an imminent start date for Brexit negotiations. We don’t know what the exact outcome will be but there is a kind of reassurance that the journey has at least begun, even if we aren’t sure of the final destination.

We know this once-in-a-lifetime change is big news and although some investors have decided on a cautious approach to new investment, news was just released that investment spending rose in 2016, which is broadly positive. We can take a look to see the effects of that investment spending in Leeds, creating opportunities for growth through new infrastructure.

Some of the building projects which have added new value to the city have been Leeds Beckett’s Rose Bowl reception and conferencing facilities. Another is the Leeds Arena and Victoria Gate shopping centre, which captures the heritage of the Victoria Quarter and has brought high-quality and designer brands to the city. When complete, this project will incorporate a £1 billion programme of civic development and urban regeneration. The new 5* Dakota Hotel which opened recently is also part of a wider focus to keep up with investment into the Financial Quarter.

Other businesses which have helped to establish Leeds as an internationally competitive city and business destination of choice are the numerous financial institutions which have offices here as well as Asda, Jet2, KPMG and Direct Line.

And what about the projects which will ensure Leeds keeps growing. Around 35,000 new jobs and over 4000 new homes will make up Leeds’ new South Bank which will effectively double the size of the city centre. These are huge, highly ambitious plans which will bring the biggest changes in 100 years.

The pace of regeneration will be fuelled in particular by HS2, which will open up investment opportunities as the journey time to and from the capital is reduced. At a local level, a £173m funding package will introduce cutting-edge public transport facilities to Leeds, again with the aim of boosting the economy.

The outlook for Leeds is bright.

ERE Property has established a solid reputation built upon the trust and confidence of our investors. If you want to know more about buy-to-let property in Leeds and across the UK, contact us.


Contact: Simon Gray, Partner
T: 0113 234 0000

Sharp ideas that get you to the top
Do you have an entrepreneurial vision for success? 
We do too and want to work with you to maintain and create sustainable financial success.
Our ethos is built on the seven pillars of success:
                                     Vision                                                     Ambition
          Passion                                          Planning
                                   Persistence                                        Commitment                     Flexibility

These are the traits we see in ourselves and the traits we see in our clients, from the CEO of a multinational business to the proud owner of a new start-up.
The most fundamental of these traits is vision – successful entrepreneurs see the world differently and this is the key to their success.
Business ideas and solutions weave their way into everything we do for our clients, where many see just numbers we see an opportunity to create and nurture wealth and success.
We provide a range of accounting, tax and business advisory services specifically designed to help you meet challenges and maximize opportunities.
Our service delivery is founded in a deep understanding of the industry in which you operate combined with a sound, practical and commercial business acumen. 
Going beyond compliance, our goal is to work with you to create sustainable financial security and success.
From investment planning to minimizing your tax bill – we have you covered.
From the moment you phone or visit our offices, engage or work with us in any capacity, we endeavour to go all-out to exceed your expectations and make you feel valued and welcomed.
This is our promise to you.


Contact: John Kelly
T: 07715 079 885

Invest Your Pension Scheme in Yourself – A Tax Planning No-Brainer
A much underused planning tactic, only available to the well advised, is the ability to either loan monies or purchase shares in your own company using your pension fund. Not only that but there are very attractive tax breaks available for those who undertake this type of planning.
Imagine this scenario:
Two Directors have profits in their company that they want to keep in the limited company structure for expansion and cashflow reasons. Drawing monies will incur potential income tax liabilities whether by salary and/or dividend. Alternatively monies can be extracted from the company and paid into the pension scheme.
Tax break 1: the contributions are relievable against corporation tax thereby reducing the company tax bill
By way of an example, the company pays £40,000 for each Director into the pension scheme and they already have £80,000 in pension plans between them. They can loan the £80,000 contribution back to themselves thereby keeping the cashflow in the company for expansion for instance. They will then owe the pension scheme £80,000, and the company will have benefitted from corporation tax relief of circa £18,000.
Tax break 2: Interest payments back to the pension scheme are tax deductible
Instead of borrowing from the bank they are borrowing from themselves. The repayments are and interest are paid into the pension fund. The minimum interest rate is 1% above the base rate and there is not as much small print as with a bank loan.
Tax break 3: the loan repayments grow in the pension fund free of tax
There is also the ability to purchase shares in your own company. Whilst there are certain parameters  surrounding this transaction our expertise has helped many of our clients to use this in their overall planning. 
Tax break 4: Tax Free Growth Environment
There is no capital gains tax on the sale of shares when held in a pension scheme and dividends are free of income tax
These two areas are obviously of benefit to your own business however there is also the ability to diversify into other businesses or industries. You can also either make a loan or purchase shares in another company with your pension fund.
We have a long history of this type of planning and have over 6,500 clients who are mainly business owners. Typically business owners and Entrepreneurs prefer to invest in themselves or exciting investment opportunities rather than the general stock market or being restricted by Insurance Company funds. Is it time to review where you invest?
Please contact John Kelly for further information on how these interesting investment options can be achieved. 



Contact: Chris Cox
T: 0113 880 0927

We build websites that help your business grow by generating sales and enquiries.
We do this by taking time to understand your business and building a website around your needs. We don't produce ineffective boilerplate websites at a big markup. 
We've worked on successful projects for global brands, charities, SMEs and everyone in between.
Our websites work great on smartphones and tablets and are built to rank well in search engines. They also include a modern easy-to-use content management system (CMS) so that you can edit your site yourself. 
If you'd like to speak to us about a project please contact Chris Cox on 0113 880 0927.


Contact: Rufus Meakin
T: 0114 230 8401

MSC R&D has over 25 years unrivalled experience supporting technology businesses through the innovation lifecycle, with the sole purpose of delivering profitable innovation.
We provide a range of strategic, integrated R&D funding and business growth services, including R&D Strategy & Planning, R&D Tax Relief, R&D UK & European Grant Funding, R&D Resource and R&D Commercialisation.
Underpinning the work MSC R&D does for its clients is the MSC R&D Team Way – an approach based on a number of core principles:

Partnership Approach – delivering long term benefits

Expert teams – using Marketing, Financial & Technical specialists with sector-specific expertise to deliver quality results

The ‘Fast-Track-Blitz’ Approach – minimising time scales and disruption to a business

‘Paid-on-Results’ – reducing the up-front risk to the client 

MSC R&D’s client base - built on the strength of word-of-mouth referrals and the ability to nurture long-term relationships - now boasts some of the UK’s most innovative companies, all in high-technology sectors, from software development and advanced manufacturing to oil and gas.  Many of these companies have worked with MSC R&D on a number of projects over several years and range from small start-ups to large multinationals.
MSC R&D’s head office is in Sheffield, with locations in London and Brussels


Contact: Ryan Pharo
T: 01924 201 737

Every business creates and produces documents. From memos and quick notes to complex reports and detailed proposals, there’s always a document being created. AFP Digital are here to help you manage your entire document lifecycle. From creation through to archiving our unique suite of document management products, software and experience can help your business take control of your documents.

AFP Digital provide Smart Office document management solutions that can streamline and manage your office printing. We also provide Managed Print Plans which allow you to reduce your printing overheads and management costs. We are an authorised distributor of Ricoh, UTAX, Develop, Lexmark and Olivetti printers and copiers.

Growing from our Yorkshire roots and knowledge of SMEs, our customers range from professional services firms, lawyers and accountants to large multi-site manufacturers and retailers. Every solution we install is designed around our customers’ needs and objectives, not just the latest gadget or tool that others are going to try and force you to have.

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