Reacting to ever-changing consumer demands and market pressures requires constant innovation, and companies within the food & drink sector may have been under great pressures to adapt their operations accordingly over recent months.
As featured in Energy Voice, Anderson Anderson & Brown Corporate Finance ("AABcf") is delighted to share with you our quarterly Deals+ update for Q1 2021, highlighting selected Energy M&A and Fundraising transactions across the UK.
The UK Government’s £75bn Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), launched earlier this week, to provide financial support to businesses affected by the pandemic. The scheme, which will be open until 31 December 2021, can be accessed to fund working capital, investment and growth. There is no turnover restriction for businesses accessing the scheme.
A year on from being hit by some of the biggest challenges the upstream E&P sector has faced and so far in 2021, we have seen a greater volume of disclosed North Sea deal value than in the whole of 2020. The oil price is riding above $63 at the time of writing and some, e.g. Goldman Sachs are predicting it could reach $80 by the third quarter.
The construction sector has experienced a sustained period of challenge, the weak period of trading many experienced Q2 to Q3 2020 due to Covid has caused finance challenges to continue. Whilst some of these challenges were relieved by good cash management, payment holidays and changes to compliance requirements, the upcoming 2021 Budget announcement and the ongoing Covid problem means now is the time to ensure you are best placed to overcome any impending hurdles.
Before the scheduled Autumn budget, advisors and taxpayers alike were bracing themselves for a hike in the rate of Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) as well as the very real possibility that some reliefs might be withdrawn altogether. For example Business Asset Disposal Relief (“BADR”), known previously as Entrepreneurs’ Relief. When the budget was pushed back to Spring there was an audible sigh of relief but with a number of recent budgets containing surprise announcements, it is important to consider any possible changes ahead of budget day on 3rd March.