543 posts categorised "Economy"

22 July 2014

Headlines from the Government's response on Freedom and Choice in Pensions

The Government has published its response to HM Treasury’s consultation paper “Freedom and Choice in Pensions”, which covers the changes proposed in March’s ground-breaking budget. These landmark pension changes are set to go ahead largely as intended – which is welcome news. The proposals have already started to increase member...

18 July 2014

Equipped for the future: Re-inventing your organisation

Most financial services businesses are organised and run for a marketplace that is fast disappearing. How can you make sure your business is equipped to compete? Customer expectations are defined by the digital experience, brand value is determined by conversing on social media and customers are open to switching providers...

17 July 2014

Do you think policy is the only way to manage social media risk?

By Phil Mennie You may be excused for thinking that Social Media Governance is just about having a Social Media Policy. Of course, policy is one essential element of any good governance strategy, however, there are 5 other, equally important elements to help you manage the risks of social media....

16 July 2014

PwC in the Midlands comments on latest labour market figures

In response to today’s ONS UK monthly labour market figures, Mark Smith, regional chairman at PwC in the Midlands, said: “These latest figures are positive as they show that across the Midlands employment continues to rise and the unemployment rate has fallen back. "The East Midlands and West Midlands both...

House price inflation to moderate in 2015

Commenting on the latest ONS house price figures, Mark Smith, regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands, said: "This week's ONS data shows that average house prices in the UK grew by 10.5% between May 2013 and May 2014. Average house prices in the West Midlands grew by 7.2% over...

11 July 2014

Are you ready for tomorrow's workforce

It’s harder than ever for CEOs to find and keep the right people in the right place at the right time. The “war for talent” remains both a challenge and a source of continuing uncertainty, with 63% of CEOs telling us they are somewhat or extremely concerned about the availability...

Latest UK Economic Outlook: July 2014

After a period of generally disappointing growth in 2011 and 2012, the UK economy showed clear signs of recovery during 2013 and we expect this to continue in 2014-15. All major industry sectors and regions are now showing positive growth trends. Given these projections, the UK could overtake France, to...

10 July 2014

Decentralisation Decade: Next stop Birmingham

By Richard Parker What does the future look like for local governance in the UK and, of equal importance, how do we get there? This was the key question discussed at our most recent roundtable event with IPPR North in Birmingham; the third in our Decentralisation Decade series. We were...

09 July 2014

Midlands economy on the road to recovery

Growth in the Midlands economy is expected to pick up from 1.6% in 2013 to around 3.1% in 2014 House prices in the Midlands could rise by 8% this year, but pace of growth is expected to moderate over the next two to three years The Midlands economy is showing...

07 July 2014

Are you drawing the most innovation from your technology?

It seems like a bit of a disconnect — or a potentially missed opportunity: While four out of five CEOs surveyed ranked technological advances as one of the top three drivers that will transform their business, only a quarter (27%) said they had actually completed or initiated an innovation-focussed change...

03 July 2014

The beginning of the end for traditional recruitment?

By Marc Hommel I always enjoy our HRD 100 Club dinners – it’s an excellent opportunity to hear the front line issues that HRDs are facing and a chance to talk through the issues and share experiences. As ever, our most recent meeting saw a real mix of sectors around...

25 June 2014

Onshore Employment Intermediaries: False Self Employment

New legislation affecting unintended targets…. how does it affect your business? New legislation came into place from 6 April 2014 following the recent HMRC consultation ’Onshore Employment Intermediaries: False Self Employment’. The issue Whilst the legislation was introduced to prevent the use of employment intermediaries engaging workers and avoiding paying...

Incentivising innovation in the UK

How will the new incentive schemes impact you Innovation is seen by business leaders, across all industries, as one of the biggest sources of current and future revenue growth and value delivery. The government has recognised this by providing a range of incentives including: Research and Development (R&D) credits Patent...

24 June 2014

New Publication: The local state we're in

Our fourth annual survey shows that councils remain concerned about their long term ability to manage funding cuts without impacting the quality of services delivered or outcomes achieved. With efficiency savings no longer sufficient, councils need to find new ways of working, redefining their role and purpose. This year’s survey...

23 June 2014

Inheriting bribery: let the buyer beware

If you bought a car, would you expect to be inheriting any speeding fines and parking tickets from the previous owner too? Of course not, but that’s exactly the situation you might find yourself in when buying a business. The concept of Successor Liability means an acquirer may become responsible...

Support functions: time to think differently

Are your support services delivering enough value? Our analysis shows you how they can. Contact details: Email: Steve Fraser Tel: +44 (0) 121 265 5077

19 June 2014

A big step forward in safeguarding people’s defined benefit pensions

By Steve Blackmore The Pensions Regulator laid out his revised draft code of practice for funding defined benefit schemes this week replacing the version originally set out in 2006. This revised code captures the Regulator’s new objective of minimising the adverse impact pensions could have on the sustainable growth of...

Turning CEOs problems into HR solutions: 4 ways to stay ahead of the game

You’ll no doubt have read the plethora of articles about our latest CEO survey on various blogs and opinion pieces. I’ve been having some great conversations about the results with the HRD community- what matters most to them is how the figures affect them and their work, and how they...

18 June 2014

Partners in Limited Liability Partnerships can be “workers”!

By Kirsty Cook The Supreme Court have recently made an important decision stating that partners in a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) are workers for the purposes of the Whistleblowing legislation. In this case the partner in the LLP was considered to be a worker on the grounds that they had...

16 June 2014

Clear and concise reporting – what’s needed to make it a reality?

By Mark O’Sullivan, Director of Corporate Reporting at PwC Last week saw the launch of the FRC’s Guidance on the Strategic Report. Whilst the Regulations that introduced the Strategic Report represented only a modest change to narrative reporting requirements in themselves, the Guidance gets to the spirit of the legislation....