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Our Back to Business? research is based on a survey of 250 UK business owners, leaders and directors to create a true picture of business life in 2021; from the immediate impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, to how organisations are dealing with its after effects, and their strategic plans as they come to terms with what the post-pandemic landscape will look like for enterprise.

It’s clear that the impact of lockdown has not been evenly distributed, with small businesses generally suffering more than their larger peers. But, despite adversities, we believe that an exciting new chapter for many is on the horizon.

Organisations are being forced to rethink and innovate so they are better able to meet their customers’ needs. As well as bringing forward new product and service launches, we are expecting to see an increase in restructures, investments, and mergers and acquisitions.

Although it has been hard work, we are now seeing truly modern businesses start to flourish. In particular the pandemic has accelerated digital developments, with more businesses adopting online models, AI and other technological innovations that will permanently refresh the way we work.

There will undoubtedly be challenges – our research shows that the aftermath of multiple lockdowns, Brexit, exports, AI, financial uncertainty and skills shortages pose risks in the short, medium, and long-term.

However, the responses we received from the UK’s business leaders indicate that innovation and bigger thinking are going to be the pandemic’s lasting and enduring legacy when it comes to enterprise.

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Client success stories & news

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Krystals

Generating long term business efficiencies and cost savings for Krystals through a complex lease and supply agreement that revolutionised their supply chain.

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Boost your business by managing cash flow

It is estimated that Covid-19 will cost SMEs £126.9 billion and around one in ten expect it to cost them more than £50,000 individually.

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In-Site Property Solutions

Supporting In-site Property Solutions’ new investment company, The Impact Branch, fund projects and organisations that battle societal and environmental problem through its first ever purchase.

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Bottomley Distillers

A journey from award-winning Lincolnshire start-up to global brand through a merger with international beverage, beauty and wellness company, Next Frontier Brands.

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Online Sales And Delivery-Based Business Models Driving Recruitment In Lincolnshire

A greater focus on online sales and delivery-based business models are driving recruitment rates in Lincolnshire, according to a study of how businesses have fared over during the pandemic.

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KryptoKloud

Securing private equity investment through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund to fund an ambitious programme of growth, creating a stream of new jobs in the region in the process.

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Businesses starting to crack under burden of Brexit

As British businesses approach the six month mark of breaking from the European Union, owners and directors are starting to run into an increasing amount of red tape and paperwork, with small businesses being the hardest hit by recent changes.

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Jimmy's

Coming home, creating new jobs and supporting local artists. Brothers George and Jimmy Craig founded Jimmy’s – a rock and roll bar and music venue – in 2016.

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Yorkshire Businesses Fear Future Lockdown Measures More Than Impact Of Brexit

Further and future pandemic lockdown measures are feared more than the impact of Brexit, by Yorkshire’s business owners and directors, according to new research.

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Meet the Back to Business? team

James Bradley

Partner

Commercial Property

01904 683 252

Tim Cross

Senior Partner

Commercial Property

01904 683 167

James Henson

Partner

Disputes

01904 683 071

Kate Hindmarch

Partner

Employment and HR

01522 508 815

James Bradley

Partner

Commercial Property

01904 683 252

Fiona Kingscott

Solicitor

Commercial

01904 683 121

Luke Rees

Partner

Corporate

01522 508 777

Richard Tomlinson

Partner

Disputes

01522 508 854

David Tonge

Partner

Restructuring

01522 508 733

Emma Warner

Partner

Commercial Property

01904 683 059

Françoise Vandale

Partner

Agriculture and Renewables

01522 508 786

What our clients say

Luke Rees is one of the most outstanding M&A lawyers I have ever come across.

Legal 500, 2021

Richard Tomlinson has given me excellent advice in two recent disputes.

Legal 500, 2021

James Henson is a hardworking, client focused, sensible practitioner who works tirelessly for his clients.

Legal 500, 2021

Aleksandra Flack and Kate Hindmarch are extremely competent, responsive, professional and personable.

Legal 500, 2021

Aleks is professional but very approachable offering commercial solutions.

Legal 500, 2021

Peter Horner demonstrates an excellent level of professionalism and is personable, helpful, flexible and always responsive.

Legal 500, 2021

James Bradley gets the commercial elements of transactions and doesn't get lost in the details.

Chambers, 2021

Tim Cross delivers a personal and detailed service, with a fantastic attention to detail and communicate well with our younger team.

Legal 500, 2021

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