From Marketing and Finance to Technology and Recruitment, the support available when you become a DSW Partner puts you ahead of the competition.


DSW has a successful track record of winning awards and maintaining a media presence through press releases and social media. The licence fee includes the use of the “DSW” brand and associated “branding” support.  Our marketing team will work side by side with you to develop profile raising strategies, including press coverage, organising events and preparing marketing collateral.

  • In the required styles on email accounts, business cards, letterheads etc
  • Standard internal templates
  • Partner and employee announcements
  • Preparing formal “DSW standard” pitch documents
  • Assistance in building partner profiles: DSW website, Linked-In
  • PR support in preparing press releases and direct media relationships
  • Press handling assistance
  • Podcast production facility at Daresbury
  • Email and Mailchimp campaigns
  • Branded items (DSW deal books and mugs)
  • Deal announcements
  • A DSW Social media policy

Compliance & Regulation

DSW’s operational support covered by the licence fee covers:

  • Colleagues with complementary expertise for support and consultation
  • Detailed compliance manual
  • Money laundering and client acceptance procedures and systems
  • Conflict check distribution lists
  • ICAEW notifications, liaison and inspection visit support
  • Complaints handling procedures and resources
  • ICO registration and reporting
  • GDPR training and resources
  • GDPR infringement reporting support
  • MarketIQ/MergerMarket access
  • CRB checks

Finance & Accounting

DSW’s finance team is focussed on providing reliable and prompt financial information and in many ways carry out the same function as any large accountancy firm.  The licence fee covers:

  • Establishment of an independent bank account
  • Online banking access
  • Monthly management accounts
  • Annual accounts preparation and submission
  • Registration for VAT and preparation and submission of VAT returns
  • Centrally negotiated professional indemnity insurance (each business funds its own insurance)


DSW’s cloud-based IT system enables DSW partners to service their clients from anywhere they choose.  DSW’s infrastructure is designed to ensure a new partner can work immediately and securely from any location:

  • Initial laptop, docking station and monitors with set-up included of approved Microsoft office licences and security software
  • Skype for business
  • Mobile phone
  • IT support helpdesk
  • Disaster recovery and backup storage and retrieval arrangements
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Intranet


DSW is committed to helping DSW partners develop their own businesses and provide the following services as part of the licence fee:

  • Reference letters for new employees
  • Employee contracts and staff handbooks
  • Employee starter checklists
  • Employee payroll, PAYE and auto-enrolment services and registration
  • HR support
  • Employee development plans
  • New starter launch: initial laptop, business cards and IT access/support etc.
  • Potential partner interview support
  • Business support/mentoring meetings
  • Partner onboarding and development plans

Culture & Teamwork

The DSW entrepreneurial culture is at the heart of everything we do; we like to do things differently.  Our professionals have a passion for exceptional client service and a drive to succeed and be in control of their own destiny. 

Our creative structure gives unrivalled agility and autonomy empowering our team to take back control of their careers and their personal time.

Here at DSW we recognise the importance of celebrating our success.  We organise regular events to aid collaboration and to socialise with the wider network, giving a real sense of community:

  • Six-monthly DSW partner conferences
  • Six-monthly DSW “catch-up” sessions (on “the other quarters”)
  • Summer party
  • Christmas party
  • Annual ski-trip (additional charge)
  • Golf day (additional charge)
  • Charity events
  • Regular social newsletter


The licence fee includes the following premises’ support:

  • Hot-desking space available at DSW offices
  • Meeting rooms at DSW offices, including arranging buffet lunches and catering upon request. (These are booked through DSW’s outlook system)

Practical and regulatory support covered by the licence fee:

  • Archiving and secure storage facilities
  • Conference call facilities
  • Intra-firm social activity
  • Network of approved suppliers
  • Telephone answering and forwarding system
  • Document assembly and document formatting
  • Inbound post distribution, printing, scanning and copying
  • Start date launch support: photo/IT/announcements etc.

Our Offices

North West

Head Office

7400 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4BS


North East

4100 Park Approach, Thorpe Park, Leeds LS15 8GB


Covent Garden

90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9RZ



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