642 posts categorised "Economy"

27 February 2015

Warwickshire’s DCS Group to be showcased in Shanghai as part of the Government’s GREAT Festival of Creativity

Stratford-Upon-Avon based company, DCS Group has been chosen by PwC to be part of the delegate of UK technology companies showcased at the next GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. The festival is part of the GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes the UK as a world-class destination for trade, tourism,...

25 February 2015

Midlands companies could release up to £12.5bn from working capital

Midlands companies could release up to £12.5bn from working capital according to the findings in PwC’s annual working capital study – which tracks companies’ success in optimising working capital. PwC’s Cash for Growth analysis combed the accounts of 7,368 companies across the world to calculate the amount of money which...

23 February 2015

EVENT: Heads of Internal Audit forum 25 March 2015

Business Continuity Management: Bringing Resilience to Life Date: Wednesday 25 March 2015 Time: 08:30 - Registration and refreshments 09:00 - Presentation and interactive round table session 10:00 - Further discussion and refreshments 10:15 - Planned finish Location: PwC, Cornwall Court, 19 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DT The last decade has...

What's next for Nexus?

By Angela Browning I attended a Patent Box working group meeting with HMT/HMRC last week to discuss the initial design aspects of the modified Nexus. The main focus of the meeting was HMT asking questions of business/advisors to better understand what could potentially work in terms of the new modified...

Moving on: Global retirement benefits in a post-defined benefits world

A PwC survey of global multinationals Download Global-pension-survey Multinationals are working through the biggest change in benefits strategy that we’ve ever seen. Our major multinational clients asked us to carry out this survey because, like us, they’re increasingly concerned that the risks associated with their global retirement benefits outweigh their...

20 February 2015

Webex: Share plan changes - major changes to equity plan compliance in the UK

We'll be hosting a webex on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 9.30am on the topic of "Major changes to equity plan compliance in the UK". There are major changes to equity plan compliance in the UK. These changes will impact all organisations that give any form of employment related securities...

Tartan tax is speeding down the track....are you ready to get on board?

Providing its response to the further devolved powers proposed by the Smith Commission, the UK Government published its draft legislation three days ahead of the Burns Night deadline. As Scotland continues on its devolution journey post-referendum, what do we now know and what remains uncertain? We know that the draft...

The future of consumer mobility: could integrated transport drive a new digital divide?

By Phil Harrold and Charles Johnson-Ferguson The recent SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders) annual dinner showcased a ‘next generation’ award that illustrated the way new technology is radically reshaping the future of consumer transport. The prize went to the developer of a steering-wheel that can tell immediately whether...

19 February 2015

Measuring supplier performance can protect your business and your reputation

Author: Mitzi Campbell Last year I posted some thoughts about why managing your most critical suppliers requires a strategic approach. Looking beyond cost to include all the ways suppliers can affect your business is key to achieving supply chain resilience. Now you need to put a system in place that...

18 February 2015

Feeling the pension pinch

Key issues and deadlines Falling bond yields have increased the cost of defined benefit pension schemes, but companies can take steps to manage the impact. How can companies respond to the impact of falling bond yields on pension scheme liabilities and P&L charges? Yields on UK corporate and government bonds...

Getting it right – do you develop an effective internal audit risk assessment and plan?

The objective of an annual risk assessment is to enable Internal Audit to focus on the areas of greatest perceived risk across an organisation and to take into account what is known about how well each area is controlled. Internal Audit, in conjunction with the Audit Committee, should apply the...

17 February 2015

Financial Services Risk and Regulation: The stress of stress-testing

2014 was the year of the stress test, courtesy of the European Banking Authority and the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority. However well you prepare for something, it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect until you’re in the middle of it. With this in mind, at the beginning...

16 February 2015

Is Treasury the hidden jewel in resilience planning?

As a business leader, when you think about what you can do to build resilience in your organisation, I’m guessing you don’t immediately think “treasury.” But think again. Resilience is the ability of an organisation to react to change to survive and evolve. Surely then, being able to call on...

13 February 2015

Keep watching as BEPS actions develop

Key issues and deadlines Business could soon feel the effects of international efforts to protect tax revenues through the project on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. The UK could be one of the first territories to address BEPS recommendations and new proposals are on the way. In September the G20...

WEBCAST: Maximise workforce value using insights from your people data

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015 Time: 3pm GMT Duration: 30 mins including Q&A In a world exploding with potential, the way you embrace analytics will greatly affect your business. The power of data led insight is transforming the role of HR professionals across all industries, impacting everything from talent management...

05 February 2015

So how much is your identity worth to you?

By Christian Toon It’s a tough one, what’s in a name? Come to think of it, what’s in a name, address with postcode, date of birth, bank details and national identity documents? Before we can start to understand the value we put on it, let’s look at what others do....

03 February 2015

Manufacturers face a pricing conundrum

Commenting on the latest Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing PMI, David Martin, manufacturing expert at PwC in the Midlands, said: “The steep fall in input prices is good news for the manufacturers who have been able to benefit from the sharp drop in oil prices. However, as low oil prices continue, manufacturers...

02 February 2015

Birmingham market set for continued investment and growth

By Mark Whitehouse The Birmingham market is well set for a sustained period of continued investment and growth. This was certainly the sentiment I found at the jointly hosted Urban Land Institute and PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2015 launch event in Birmingham on 28 January. The event,...

27 January 2015

Mobile data analytics: not just for consumers any more

As smartphones become increasingly intertwined with our daily lives, it comes as no surprise that an IDC survey claims that 79% of us keep our smartphones within arm’s reach for all but two hours of our waking day. In fact, one in four of us will have our phones within...

26 January 2015

UK CEOs are the most confident in Europe, but skills remain a key concern

PwC Global CEO Survey reveals confidence levels remain high, but note of caution as skills remain a key concern UK CEOs are the most confident in Europe, according to PwC’s 18th annual Global CEO Survey. Three out of five (61%) UK CEOs believe there are more growth opportunities for their...