The Bank of Grandma and Grandpa

How to give a helping hand financially to your grandchildren

For many years, adult children have been relying on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ for financial help, to gain a further education or get on the property ladder. But even as they start their own families, it’s increasingly common for these adults to count on their parents’ wealth to secure the lifestyle they want for their children.

Smoothing out market volatility

Pound cost averaging – how to avoid trying to second-guess market movements

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak led to the biggest daily drop in the FTSE 100 on 12 March 2020, since the financial crisis. The FTSE 100 fell 9% when markets opened — worse than any single day in 2008 and beaten only by the record figures of 1987’s ‘Black Monday.’

Peace of mind that you’re on the right track

How to plan for a confident retirement to live the lifestyle you want

Retirement might seem a long way off but the later you leave planning for it, the less chance you have of achieving the retirement you want. We all dream of how we’ll spend our retirement but that dream looks different for everyone.

Succession planning

Preparing yourself, your family and your business for the future

The operational demands of running a family business or other closely held enterprise can be all-consuming, but it’s vital that business leaders take the time needed to assess their organisation’s business succession planning.
After pouring years of your life into building a profitable business, it’s natural that you’ll want to pass it on to someone who will take equal care of it, whether that’s a member of your family or a buyer. That’s why succession planning is so important.
In the context of your business, succession planning is the process that ensures a smooth transition in ownership from you to someone else, so that a new owner can continue to pursue your company’s goals.

Why is succession planning important?

A succession plan can help to leave the business without negative repercussions, secure your legacy at the company, ensure a seamless transition to new management and reassure employees and stakeholders.

What are your succession planning options?

The three most common options are:

1. Keeping the business in your family
You might want to pass on your business to a family member, such as an adult child. While this option has many benefits, the relationships and emotions involved can make objectivity difficult, so it can help to involve an external adviser who can remain impartial.
2. Selling the business
It can be difficult to find a buyer with the skill and expertise to run your business, and the inclination to do so. But once you find them, this option can be profitable and strategically successful.
3. Management buyout (MBO)
Another option is for your company’s managers to become owners by raising the finances together. This can be the best way to ensure continuity of your business’s progress towards its goals, as the same team continue to operate it and service customers.

How can you ensure successful succession planning?

A successful succession plan takes time and dedication. It will be unique to your business. But all good plans involve the following steps:

Goal setting
Consider your personal goals and the goals of the business. You may have shareholders or other stakeholders whose goals you must consider.
Timeline planning
You need to establish the date you’re working towards, which may be definite, for example, your retirement at a specific age or indefinite, your eventual death.
Communication
Keep your employees, customers and clients informed. When people feel ‘out of the loop’, they get uneasy and you may lose them.
Seeking professional advice
You’ll likely only create a succession plan once. So, to maximise your chances of success, speak to a professional adviser who’s helped other businesses create theirs. An expert’s perspective provides insights you may not be aware of and keeps your plans on track.
Succession planning checklist 
For a business, working without a succession plan can invite disruption, uncertainty and conflict, and may endanger your future competitiveness. Do you know the answers to these ten questions?
1. Have you defined your personal goals and a vision for the transfer of ownership and management of the company?
2. Do you have an identified successor in place?
3. If applicable, have you resolved the family issues that often accompany leadership and ownership decisions?
4. Does your plan include a strategy to reduce estate taxes?
5. Will there be sufficient liquidity to avoid the forced sale of the business?
6. If succession will one day require the transfer of assets, have you executed a ‘buy-sell’ agreement that details the process ahead of time?
7. Is there a detailed contingency plan in case you die or become unable to continue working sooner than anticipated?
8. Have you identified and considered alternative corporate structures or stock-transfer techniques that might help the company achieve its succession goals?
9. Have you determined whether you or anyone else will depend upon the business to meet retirement cash flow needs?
10. Have you recently had the business valued and analysed in the same way potential buyers and competitors would?

Do you have a comprehensive financial plan? 

Succession planning is a complex process that draws upon many business disciplines. There are many benefits for companies and owners who plan properly and strategically for an orderly transition of management and ownership. To find out more, please contact us.

Live the life you want

How much pension income will you need for a comfortable retirement? 

The purpose of a pension is to provide an income for you to live the life you want once you have retired. But, due to longer life expectancies, less generous schemes and lack of understanding around saving, a common problem is that some people don’t retire with enough to last them.

Funding your child’s future lifestyle!

Early preparation in life is key to becoming financially independent

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues into a second year, we’re learning more and more about its financial impact. While many individuals and families are struggling up and down the country, there is a particular strain placed on the parents of adult children.

Tax planning reimagined

Identifying the best options to preserve your wealth

No one likes to pay tax on their hard-earned money. But due to the complexities of the tax system, without expert professional financial advice, some individuals could be paying more tax than necessary. Before the end of every tax year on 5 April, you have the opportunity to save money on taxes and plan for the year ahead.

Responsible investing

Invest today. Change tomorrow

Responsible, sustainable and environmentally friendly investing is here to stay. But, while demand is growing among all age groups, genders and income bands, some savers and investors are missing their biggest opportunity for responsible investing, which is through their pension.

Pension options

Planning your financial future, and how to get there

One thing retirement is not, is an age. Not any more anyway. Gone are the days of being told to stop working one day and pick up your State Pension the next. Today you have new pension freedoms to decide when and how you retire.