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

Marketing

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
  • 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
  • Compliance training
  • Money laundering and client acceptance procedures
  • 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
  • CRB checks

Finance & Accounting

DSW’s finance team is focused on providing reliable and prompt financial information. The licence fee covers:

  • Incorporation of a new separate limited liability partnership and associated legal documents
  • Establishment of an independent bank account
  • Online banking access
  • Monthly management accounts
  • Annual accounts preparation and submission
  • Preparation of partnership tax returns
  • Registration for VAT and preparation and submission of VAT returns
  • Centrally negotiated professional indemnity insurance (the cost of the insurance being payable by the licensee business)

Technology

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
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Mobile phone
  • IT support
  • Disaster recovery and backup storage and retrieval arrangements
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Cyber Insurance

Recruitment

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

  • Recruitment support (commission charged for any successfully sourced candidates at the prevailing rate – currently £2,500 per candidate below partner)
  • Reference letters for new employees
  • Employee contracts and staff handbooks
  • Employee starter checklists
  • Employee payroll, PAYE and auto-enrolment services and registration
  • HR support
  • New starter launch: initial laptop business cards and IT access/support etc.
  • Potential partner interview support
  • Business support/mentoring meetings
  • People development toolkit

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
  • Golf day (additional charge)
  • Charity events
  • Regular social newsletter

Facilities

The licence fee includes the following premises’ support:

  • Hot-desking space available at the Daresbury, Scotland and London offices
  • Meeting rooms at the Daresbury office (These are booked through DSW’s outlook system)

Practical and regulatory support covered by the licence fee:

  • Conference call facilities
  • Intra-firm social activity
  • Network of approved suppliers
  • Telephone answering and forwarding system
  • Document assembly and document formatting
  • Start date launch support: photo/IT/ announcements etc.

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