Against this background, Grant Thornton - one of many accounting firms trying hard to woo the owner-manager clients that are seen as the leaders of recovery - is offering free reviews of the options available.
Companies taking advantage of 'Action for Growth' will receive a wide-ranging consultation that could include acquisition opportunities, overseas trade, effective tax planning and marketing. Howard Hackney, Grant Thornton's marketing partner for the North-west, said the firm was genuinely trying to help businesses. But he admitted that it hoped they would become clients 'at the end of the day'.
The initiative follows a similar campaign last year, which attracted considerable national interest. Andrew Godfrey, head of growth and development services, said: 'The needs of a business change as it grows and, with the first signs of a sustainable economic recovery, owner-managers now have a prime opportunity to take stock and plan for the future.
'Attempting to grow after an extended period of attrition, however, is quite a different proposition from expanding during a boom. Many owner-managers will find themselves in uncharted territory in their efforts to take advantage of improvements in trading conditions.'Reuse content