365 posts categorised "Press releases"

27 August 2014

Workers trade personal data for a better work deal: PwC Future of Work report

The type of data profiling used by retailers and advertisers could soon become commonplace in the workplace, according to the second in PwC’s Future of Work series. The report: ‘The future of work: A journey to 2022’ reveals that nearly a third of people would be happy for their employer...

22 August 2014

Public still hold Westminster accountable when decentralisation lacks real powers and visibility

After almost a decade of devolution and decentralisation of services across the UK, the public still holds Westminster accountable for public services when they deteriorate nationally, but devolved governments are increasingly getting the blame if services deteriorate or things go wrong. The new research by PwC – Who’s accountable now?...

24 July 2014

Midlands private equity businesses urged to focus on evolving cyber risk strategy

Private equity backed businesses in the Midlands should adopt an agile approach to their cyber security measures to avoid new and emerging risks to the value of their business and the related investment, according to PwC in the Midlands. The professional services firm is highlighting that as cyber risks are...

21 July 2014

PwC in the Midlands comments on major pension changes

Commenting on the Government’s response to its 'Freedom & Choice in Pensions' consultation, Aimée Walker, defined contributions pensions specialist at PwC in the Midlands, said: "The landmark pension changes are set to go ahead largely as intended – this is good news. The proposals have already started to reinvigorate pension...

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...

15 July 2014

PwC in the East Midlands is seeking tomorrow’s female leaders

PwC in the East Midlands is offering university students the chance to shadow a female leader for a week, on a paid work experience opportunity. The 'Shadow a Female Leader programme' aims to promote the professional services profession among women, giving talented students the chance to gain an insight into...

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...

02 July 2014

One in three in the Midlands has pulled a sickie, according to PwC research

One in three workers (34%) in the Midlands admits to having pulled a ‘sickie’ – according to new research by PwC. PwC’s research shows that sick days are costing organisations in the UK over £23bn a year, but a large proportion of the sick bill is preventable as people lying...

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...

Marnixheath Limited (‘the company’) - in administration (trading in the UK as La Senza and Pinkberry)

Robert Moran, Mike Jervis and Stuart Maddison of PwC have been appointed as joint administrators of Marnixheath Limited on 1 July 2014. The company operates 55 stores under the La Senza brand in the UK and three Pinkberry outlets under the Pinkberry brand in the UK. In total the company...

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...

30 June 2014

Far reaching review of UK tax by British public

A citizens’ jury convened by Britain Thinks for PwC has set out recommendations for reforming the UK tax system. The outcomes are being presented to Government today. The jury brought together 22 members of the British public from Greater London, the South East, the Midlands, the North, Wales and Scotland,...

27 June 2014

PwC in the Midlands comments on the Government’s plans to reshape workplace pensions

Steve Blackmore, pensions director at PwC in the Midland comments on the Government’s response to its plans to reinvigorate workplace pensions: “There is no doubt that the current pensions landscape needs refreshing and we support the Government’s initiative to reinvigorate UK pensions, however we need to be cautious that too...

26 June 2014

Innovative family businesses given chance to shine

Midlands’ family businesses with an innovative flair when it comes to developing a new product or service are being urged to showcase their achievements in the regions only independent Awards for family firms. The Business Innovation Award is one of ten in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards, the regions...

24 June 2014

PwC wins Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility award

PwC in the Midlands has been recognised by Birmingham City Council for its efforts to maximise social value from its day-to-day business operations. PwC’s Midlands Chairman, Mark Smith, received the award from the Council on Thursday 19 June 2014. (Pictured, Cllr Stewart Stacey, right, presents the CSR certificate to Mark...

23 June 2014

PwC in the Midlands appoints new head of its Government and Public Sector team

Andy Ford has been appointed the new head of PwC’s Government and Public Sector team in the Midlands. Andy was previously the leader of the firm's Public Sector Consulting practice in the South East region, where he focused on helping clients deliver major transformation programmes to reduce costs and improve...

19 June 2014

Companies’ ability to support pension promises returns towards pre-recession levels, reveals PwC analysis

FTSE350 companies’ ability to support their defined benefit (DB) pension obligations has dramatically improved and is close to reaching pre-recession levels, according to PwC analysis. PwC’s Pensions Support Index (PSI), which tracks the overall level of support provided to DB schemes of the FTSE350 companies, shows that the economic recovery...

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,...

PwC in the Midlands comments on Bank of England's new cyber test

Commenting on news that the Bank of England has launched a new test to measure the financial sector's ability to withstand cyber attacks, Chris Wight, cyber security expert at PwC in the Midlands, said: "Banking processes have been transformed by technology and continue to evolve. But there is a growing...