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1813 Club and Premier Members


1813 Club and Premier Members


Greater Birmingham’s leading companies


The government has been forced to postpone a controversial shake-up to a taxation area known as ‘IR35’. IR35 initially came about as a way


Dan Bowtell: Merger will be an innovation boost


Swedish company


buys Silentbloc A Swedish polymer engineering company has bought a UK vibration control specialist with help from accountant and business advisor Smith Cooper. Crosslink Technology Holdings has disposed of Burton-based Silentbloc UK to Dellner Bubenzer Group of Sweden. The company has also sold


its Icon Aerospace Technology division to US-based Integrated Polymer Solutions (IPS). Silentbloc is now part of


Dellner Polymer Solutions, a subsidiary of the Dellner Bubenzer Group. Silent Bloc has formed the new subsidiary with Dellner Woodville, a leading international supplier of braking products and polymer solutions. Silentbloc is a pioneer in the


field of energy management, which its new owner plans to exploit. Dan Bowtell, corporate


finance partner at Smith Cooper, said: “Dellner Woodville and Silentbloc share a strong focus on technological innovation, and the partnership will undoubtedly help in the development of highly innovated polymer engineered solutions and increase the competence and capabilities within both companies.” “Both organisations are


technological leaders and I look forward to watching Dellner’s Polymer Solutions division excel.”


32 CHAMBERLINK May 2020 Consultants celebrate 90 years


Ecorys, a research-based consultancy with an office in Birmingham, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year – and the company has decided to get the party started. In fact, the celebrations kicked off last year with all


the ingredients – including balloons, delicious cakes, birthday cards and goodie bags – being supplied to all of the company’s 12 international offices, in Belgium, Birmingham, Bulgaria, Croatia, India, Leeds, London, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Zambia. The goodie bags contained eco-friendly gifts,


included growing your own plant, and a 3D pop up card. Ecorys’ 90th anniversary highlights included a visit to the Birmingham Quay Place offices of one of the


founders of the UK arm, Hugh Williams. Mr Williams founded the company in 1983 with


fellow Aston University graduate Frank Joyce, with the key aim of using the best academic research to better shape public policy. UK managing director Darren Jackson said the 90th


anniversary celebrations had coincided with a record year for the company. He said: “For the whole of Ecorys UK, 2019 was our


most successful year ever. We are bigger than we have ever been, we employ more people than we ever have, we are more profitable than we have ever been and we are starting the year with the strongest order book ever.”


of dealing with what the government claimed was ‘disguised employment’, which was when off-payroll employees such as consultants or freelances set up limited companies to deal with their tax affairs. It was first introduced by Gordon


Brown in 1999, but the current government wants to tighten it up. However, its plans have been temporarily scuppered by the coronavirus crisis. According to Caroline Harwood,


partner and head of share plans and employment tax at Crowe, the government has announced that reforms extending the off-payroll working rules to the private sector will be postponed until 6 April 2021. She said this be welcomed by


businesses facing the many challenges caused by the Covid-19


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Business welcomes delay to taxation shake-up plans


IR35 legislation will be the commencement date for the new rules. This means that any work that you have done so far on IR35 and its impact on your business remains time well spent. “It will be necessary for you to


communicate with those consultants to whom you have already sent a status determination statement telling them what this change might mean for them and we will be very happy to assist with this. “However while the immediate


Caroline Harwood: IR35 crackdown has been suspended for a year


pandemic, as HR and finance teams will now not need to spend time ensuring IR35 readiness. But she added: “However, the


government confirmed that the IR35 changes will still be legislated for, meaning that they will definitely go ahead from April 2021. “The only change to the draft


Party time: the staff at Ecorys Birmingham


pressure is off, this does mean that we should not expect the rules to be applied with a soft touch in 12 months’ time. “Once the immediate issues


presented by coronavirus have lessened, businesses should use the additional time to make sure that they have a robust process in place for operating the new rules and be prepared for strict adherence to the new legislation.”


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