173 posts categorised "Industries"

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...

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...

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...

01 July 2014

PwC in the Midlands comments on UK manufacturing PMI figures

In response to UK manufacturing PMI figures out today, David Martin, Industrial Manufacturing Leader at PwC in the Midlands, commented: “There is continued good news for the Midlands manufacturing sector as June saw robust figures, posting the second highest reading in 40 months - and the average pace of growth...

Financial services firms upbeat as business volumes rise – CBI/PwC Survey

The UK’s financial services firms saw another rise in business volumes in the three months to June, and optimism continued to pick up across the sector, according to the latest CBI/PwC survey. The survey of 98 firms revealed that business volumes rose across many industry sub-sectors, with the exception of...

23 June 2014

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

12 June 2014

Will World Cup fever benefit the high street in the Midlands?

As hosts Brazil kick off the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo, Andy Lyon, partner and retail expert at PwC in the Midlands comments on whether the World Cup could benefit the region’s high streets. He said: “With World Cup celebrations kicking off on the other side of the world,...

Back on the hiring road – 56% of financial services CEOs to increase headcount this year

Financial services CEOs have hiring back on their minds with more than half (56%) planning to take on extra staff in this year, according to the PwC report, 'Remoulding your workforce for a new marketplace'. CEOs are looking to increase their headcount by at least five per cent. The insurance...

29 May 2014

If They’re Happy, Do You Know It? The CIO’s agenda in improving customer centricity at financial institutions

Financial services customers expect their providers to deliver a level of service that meet their growing demands. Customers now expect them to be a one stop shop, and to; Provide greater access, flexibility and advice Build relationships with them, and not push products Tailor products ranges to their needs Maintain...

28 April 2014

My Financepartner: Working as your business partner

My Financepartner is a new accounting service that supports growing businesses to get and use the information that they need, when they need it. As the economy returns to better times, quality financial information is essential for the growth and direction of your business. Through the recent recession, many businesses...

25 April 2014

PwC in the Midlands comments on the latest UK retail sales figures

In response to ONS UK retail sales figures released today, Andy Lyon, partner and retail expert at PwC in the Midlands, said: "A late Easter made March a challenging month for retailers and retail sales volumes edged up only slightly between February and March. However, a better indication of the...

16 April 2014

The future of retirement: PwC Consumer survey on the future for the UK annuities market

The UK annuities market could decline by up to 75% after the recently announced changes to compulsory annuity purchase come into effect, according to PwC analysis supported by a new consumer survey. The survey, which looks at consumer behaviour of people aged 50-75, reveals that 63% of consumers have or...

15 April 2014

UK Tech Awards 2014: celebrating a thriving tech sector

The tech sector in the UK is clearly performing well at the moment and while there is talk of another bubble, away from the headlines there are many really innovative companies emerging across the UK. These awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of the sector....

09 April 2014

We're looking for GREAT business stories

We’re supporting the UK government’s GREAT campaign by sponsoring three ‘Festivals of Creativity’, celebrating GREAT businesses and their creativity. We’re looking for creative business stories to take to the first festival in Istanbul. GREAT is the UK government’s ambitious international marketing campaign aiming to deliver significant and long-term increases in...

04 April 2014

New car registrations hit 10-year high

As with previous years, March has proven to be a good month for new car registrations. Phil Harrold, automotive partner at PwC in the Midlands, said: “The launch of the 14 registration plate has seen volumes rise to 464,284 registrations, a 17.7% rise on the previous year, mainly in the...

01 April 2014

Manufacturing growth slows in March but confidence remains high - PwC comments

The UK manufacturing sector continued to grow in March 2014, albeit at a slower rate. David Martin, manufacturing expert at PwC in the Midlands, commented: “There is continued good news for the UK manufacturing sector, despite growth figures coming in at over a full index point below forecasts. Read within...

Annuity reform, key implications for the insurance industry

On 19th March 2014, the Chancellor announced that savers would no longer be compelled to purchase annuities upon retirement. This represents one of the biggest changes to the UK pension regime for almost a century. Is this the Armageddon feared by the industry or just an evolution of the pension’s...

31 March 2014

Steady growth continues in financial services - CBI/PwC in the Midlands

Financial services firms’ business volumes continued to grow at a steady pace in the three months to March and investment intentions and optimism firmed, according to the latest CBI/PwC survey. Matthew Fell, CBI Director for Competitive Markets, said: “Financial services firms are growing steadily and are optimistic about their business...

27 March 2014

ONS retail sales data - PwC in the Midlands comments

In response to the publication of today's latest ONS retail sales data, Andy Lyon, partner and retail expert at PwC in the Midlands, said: "February was a strong month for retail sales volumes, continuing the general upward trend seen since the start of 2013. To smooth out month-to-month volatility, the...

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...