554 posts categorised "Economy"

29 September 2014

LIVE WEBCAST: Family Business live webcast 15 October

Please join us for a panel discussion for the launch of our 2014 Global Family Business Survey results. The webcast will be held in front of a live audience on 15 October, 2014 from 11 - 11:45am GMT. We encourage you to virtually participate in the discussion and interact with...

23 September 2014

Extension of HMRC’s powers in dealing with tax avoidance cases

With the first Accelerated Payment Notices due to land with clients in the next week or two it is important to understand the implications if clients have entered into schemes which require a Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Scheme ("DOTAS") reference number. There were a number of providers based in the...

22 September 2014

Building Societies are changing. You can bet money on it

What will the building society sector look like in the future? Will customer loyalty be a thing of the past? What are the digital opportunities? The mutual and banking sector has been in a perfect storm for the best part of a decade now. The excesses that led to the...

15 September 2014

PwC UK delivers growth in an improving market

PwC, the professional services firm, has today (Monday) reported revenue growth of 5% to £2,814 million for the year ended 30 June 2014, up from £2,689m the previous year. Ian Powell, Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC UK, commented: “Our strong performance reflects an improving economy, the growing confidence of...

31 July 2014

Are we facing a rush of transfers from defined benefit pension schemes?

By Chris Massey From April 2015, members of defined contribution pension schemes (and not defined benefit schemes) will have much more flexibility as to how they use their pension fund once they reach age 55. Will this result in a flood of transfers from defined benefit schemes? In short, the...

30 July 2014

Is this the end of the office? Looking at the future of work

By Jon Andrews Despite what Dolly Parton might say, ‘Working 9 to 5’ might soon become a thing of the past as workers of today start to move towards different ways to make a living. Or at least that’s what the results of our latest survey are telling us! We’ve...

27 July 2014

Are performance ratings heading towards extinction?

By Alastair Woods There’s a growing school of thought that our traditional tools for managing employee performance are outdated and in need of a radical reboot. Some of heaviest criticism has been aimed at performance ratings and forced rankings - those bastions of the annual appraisal process. At the heart...

25 July 2014

Quick poll: What are your top focus areas in HR?

Share your thoughts in our quick poll and see what others are focusing on: survey solutions Contact details: Email: David Wignall Tel: +44 (0) 121 265 5886 LinkedIn: David Wignall

24 July 2014

Emerging trends in performance management

We are currently completing a programme of research into the area of performance management, including a survey from which we have recently published the initial findings. The findings are restricted to participants in the survey, but should you think the findings might be useful for you, you may want to...

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

Proposed changes to the EU Pensions Directive

Key issues and deadlines The EC has published the draft for a revision of the EU Pensions Directive The changes will put the role of lay trustees into doubt, put formal risk management centre stage and promote more scrutiny of providers’ fees On 27 March the European Commission published the...

Pay: what goes up must come down

Key issues and deadlines Are the forces shaping executive pay here to stay? More regulation is tending to dampen pay; and simpler pay packages are reducing pay too UK executive pay has doubled since the millennium But in the last two years, bonuses to FTSE100 chief executives have fallen and...

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...