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Financial Conditions Index points to continued improvement in UK economic outlook but caution is critical warns RSM
Simon Hart

01 April 2021

Today the RSM Financial Conditions Index continued to improve, and with it a trajectory that steepened marginally, reflecting a wider more optimistic mood amongst policymakers and analysts as they revise up their Q1 GDP figures.

Middle market optimistic about economic recovery in 2021 according to research
Simon Hart

30 March 2021

Middle market businesses believe their revenues will increase in 2021 and that a full UK economic recovery will emerge within two years, despite the challenges presented by Brexit and the global pandemic which impacted trade throughout 2020 and early 2021.

BoE rate announcement validates ‘boldness from business’ says RSM
Simon Hart

04 February 2021

As the Bank of England (BoE) held interest rates at 0.1 per cent today, RSM has called on middle market businesses to use this as further evidence to be bold and invest in their future whilst borrowing remains at historic lows.

Data shows cautious optimism for 2021 but EU deal ‘gaps’ are a concern says RSM
Simon Hart

14 January 2021

Today RSM’s Financial Conditions Index indicated signs of cautious optimism emerging for the year ahead. But whilst the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU has been largely welcomed by middle market businesses, RSM says the absence of clarity around key issues including financial services explains the lag on improving sentiment, to add to that fuelled by the global pandemic.

UK businesses should note ‘six-point policy agenda’ from Biden administration says RSM
Simon Hart

03 December 2020

As President Donald Trump continues to show signs of submitting to the election result this past week, RSM has made the case that President-elect Joe Biden will pursue a policy agenda centred around six key themes that UK middle-market businesses, particularly those with existing or future interests in the US, should consider now.

UK businesses show signs of tension as Brexit looms again
Simon Hart

14 September 2020

RSM’s UK Brexit Stress Index nudged up for the first time since the early days of the Covid-19 lockdown, ushering in the first signs in nearly seven months that the risk of no-deal trade talks with the EU is generating increased nervousness within business.

Biggest threat to recovery for M&A market is end of Brexit transition
Kirsty Sandwell

08 September 2020

The substantial drop in the estimates for the value of domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK companies for Quarter 2 (Q2) from the Office of National Statistics are no surprise, highlighting the impact of coronavirus and lock down. Q3 will see a significant uptick in deals but the biggest threat to recovery for the markets is Brexit.

The economy looks like it did in 2002 and the recovery will not be quick, says RSM UK
Simon Hart

15 July 2020

The latest sustainability report from the Office for Budgetary Responsibility and the latest GDP monthly estimate from ONS released yesterday, support our opinion that the UK’s economic recovery will be more like a ‘swoosh’ than a ‘V’.

RSM advise on international tax specialist acquisition
Kirsty Sandwell

07 July 2020

RSM's corporate finance team have advised the shareholders of Brighton based Accordance Technical Services Limited on its acquisition by Sovos Compliance LLC.

Is debt restructuring the solution?
Gareth Harris

06 July 2020

Since March 20, over 1 million UK businesses have borrowed nearly £43bn in Government backed loans (£29.5bn BBLS), a figure which excludes any ‘normal’ commercial loans from funders. It also excludes HMRC deferred payments; arrears of rent; and any build-up in trade debts which have been necessary to ride out the crisis.

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