27 posts categorised "Community"

26 March 2015

Council leaders are under pressure and Midlands’ public is less accepting of service cuts

Only one in ten council chief executives is confident their council can protect frontline services in the face of continued austerity over the next five years. Just 36% of people in the Midlands region accept the need to make reductions in services. Midlands public most aware of reductions in repair...

19 March 2015

PwC named top accountancy firm in the East Midlands

PwC has won two awards at the annual East Midlands Chartered Accountant of the Year Awards. The professional services firm was named East Midlands’ large accountancy firm of the year and Sophie Mottram, a manager in the firm’s assurance practice was named young chartered accountant of the year. (Left) Phil...

16 March 2015

Fewer stores are opening on East Midlands high streets as retailers focus on clicks over bricks

- Store closures in the East Midlands fall slightly BUT reduced store openings mean fewer shops on the region’s high street - Mobile phones shops, video stores, money services shops, former bank branches and pubs suffering in the East Midlands - Discount stores, charity shops and financial advisors bucking the...

Fewer stores are opening on West Midlands high streets as retailers focus on clicks over bricks

- Store closures in the West Midlands fall slightly BUT reduced store openings in 2014 mean fewer shops on the region’s high street - Mobile phones shops, former bank branches, money services shops, fashion shops and estate agents suffering in the West Midlands - Charity shops, e-cigarettes outlets and jewellers...

04 March 2015

UK female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any generation

New PwC survey dispels myths about women and work - Opportunities for career progression tops the list of most attractive employer traits - 41% of female millennials starting careers believe they can reach the top with their employer - 50% said employers are too male biased when considering internal promotions...

27 November 2014

Midlands’ cities scoring well in latest 'Good Growth for Cities' index

Most cities in the Midlands are holding up well in an annual index of UK cities’ performance and with strong scores in terms of health, transport and environmental measures. These are the results of the 2014 'Good Growth for Cities' index, which is produced by PwC and think tank Demos....

20 November 2014

Nominations open for the PLC Awards 2014!

The nominations for the PLC Awards 2014 are now open. In their 29th year, the awards showcase the very best of the mid-market, recognising excellence in the quoted company sector (excluding FTSE 100 and AIM). It has become the city event of the year, attended by 1500 guests. Businesses in...

09 October 2014

Number of store closures in the West Midlands is flat but net reduction levels are higher than 2013

- An average of 1.5 stores closed per day in the West Midlands in the first half of 2014 – on a par with store closure numbers for the whole of 2013 - Half year 2014 net closure levels are currently higher than 2013 annual total – even before major...

10 September 2014

PwC in the Midlands puts its firepower behind the Invictus Games

PwC is mobilising its support behind the Invictus Games, an international sports event for ‘wounded warriors’ from the armed services, taking place this week (10-14 September). The Invictus Games, which is championed by Prince Harry, will see more than 400 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, serving and veteran, from...

16 May 2014

PwC in the East Midlands raises over £3,000 for Leicester charity

PwC in the East Midlands has helped to raise over £3,000 for LOROS Hospice, a local charity that cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland every year. PwC raised the money by hosting its first East Midlands charity quiz night in Leicester at The Parcelyard on Tuesday,...

24 March 2014

Budget 2014: key outcomes for employers and employees

The Chancellor has delivered the 2014 Budget. The focus understandably was on supporting the recovery with a big emphasis on encouraging saving and making pensions more attractive. There were also some announcements around employee and expatriate tax, as well as other reward issues. 1. Pensions: Significant changes announced to pensions...

06 December 2013

Retailers in the Midlands hope for festive frenzy in run-up to Christmas

This week, PwC found that 62% of 100 high street retailers were on sale or advertising promotions in their shop window, such as 3 for 2. This is up 7% on last week, and close to what was seen at the same time last year (64%), but far from the...

18 November 2013

Midlands’ cities perform well in new City index

Cities in the Midlands are performing well in terms of infrastructure (housing and transport), health, and work-life balance, according to a new report that ranks cities on their economic performance and quality of life, but for some cities there is room for improvement on jobs, income and skills. The 2013...

28 October 2013

PwC Midlands colleagues raise £12,000 in marathon challenge

Over 80 staff from across PwC Midlands’ offices took part in the Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday to raise money for charity. So far, over £12,000 has been raised. Among the charities chosen were Birmingham Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, Marie Curie, Macmillan, Meningitis Research Foundation and Heartlands neo-natal unit. Mark...

20 September 2013

Spotlight on . . . Paul Norbury, East Midlands Office Senior Partner

We recently caught up with Paul Norbury who leads the East Midlands region and asked him a few questions about how he was settling in and his views on the marketplace. How have you found the first month? I have had a really exciting first month. I have had a...

06 September 2013

PwC appoints regional financial services leader

David Roper has been appointed as financial services leader of PwC in the Midlands to head up the firm’s growth plans in the sector. Based at the firm’s Birmingham office, David has moved to the region from PwC’s Manchester office where he set up and ran the financial services practice...

22 July 2013

Corporate Espionage: Responding to the threat

In recent years there’s been a continual rise in the threat to global business from state-sponsored, commercial and organised criminal espionage. Espionage can take place in many guises, but ultimately it is the act or practice of obtaining secret information by deception. In a corporate or commercial environment this can...

23 May 2013

PwC launches 3rd business degree programme with Nottingham University Business School

PwC is to offer students an accelerated route to employment and an accountancy qualification through a new degree programme in partnership with Nottingham University Business School and the professional accountancy body, ICAEW. The BSc Accountancy “Flying Start” programme is PwC’s third business degree, following the established programmes at Newcastle University,...

09 April 2013

PwC appoints private client specialist to strengthen its private business practice in the East Midlands

PwC has strengthened its private business practice in the East Midlands with the appointment of private client specialist, Lucas Harding-Cox. Based at the firm’s Castle Donington office, Lucas has moved back to the region after 10 years at the firm’s London office, where he developed strong expertise working with entrepreneurs...

18 March 2013

PwC celebrates 10 years in the East Midlands

Staff at PwC’s Donington Court office are celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. Since first opening its doors on 17th March 2003, the office has gone from strength to strength and now has 30 partners and directors and over 300 staff in total. According to Mark Shires, senior partner at...