83 posts categorised "Private businesses"

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By Alastair Woods There’s a growing school of thought that our traditional tools for managing employee performance are outdated and in need of a radical reboot.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...

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...

11 July 2014

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...

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...

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

10 June 2014

Three Midlands companies shortlisted for national Private Business Awards 2014

The Private Business Awards 2014 shortlist features three Midlands businesses that all demonstrate a focus on entrepreneurship and use of emerging business models The Genuine Gemstone Company, based in Redditch, is shortlisted for two awards – ‘International Business of the Year’ and ‘Private Business Woman of the Year’ The founders...

06 May 2014

Guest blog: Midlands Family Business Awards - Going for gold

PwC in the Midlands is a category sponsor of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2014, the region’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses, their leaders and advisers. The awards launched on Thursday 1 May, with events in both the East and West Midlands. Hilary Campton, Creative Director of The...

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...

15 April 2014

Gearing for growth: Steve Rigby of The Rigby Group

In our latest family business survey we look specifically at the issue of succession. How family firms are planning for this, how the next generation are preparing for it, and the challenges all family firms need to face in implementing the transition. The Midlands based Rigby Group is a good...

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....

Bridging the gap - handing over the family business to the next generation

The transition from one generation to the next can make or break a family business; and as the ‘baby boomers’ hand over to the ‘millennials’, the risks of getting it wrong have never been greater. We’ve interviewed over 200 next generation family business leaders in 21 countries worldwide. The survey...

Press release: Family businesses need to bridge the generation gap to secure long term success

Family businesses need to bridge the generation gap to secure long term success says PwC in the Midlands Successfully managing the transition from one generation to the next can make or break a family business; and as the ‘baby boomers’ hand over to the ‘millennials’, the risks of getting it...

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...

24 March 2014

Budget 2014: our reactions

Watch our webcast for a summary of key outcomes Kevin Nicholson, UK Head of Tax, leads a discussion with a panel of specialists on the key outcomes of the Chancellor's Budget, their impact on individuals and companies and some of the broader issues affecting the economy and UK business. To...

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...

Budget 2014: key outcomes for individuals

We look at some of the key announcements from the Chancellor’s 2014 Budget and the impact on individuals. Capital gains tax on UK residential property held by non-residents - From April 2015, following consultation, a capital gains tax charge will be introduced on future gains made by non-residents disposing of...

21 March 2014

myFinancePartner: Working as your business partner

Helping you to meet your goals ... Are you an ambitious small/medium sized business? Are you looking for pro-active business advisory support? Do you want better management information to support your key business decisions? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then myFinance Partner may be the...

19 March 2014

Budget 2014 Comment: Positive news for private businesses in the Midlands wishing to expand

The Chancellor’s Budget brought good news for private business in the Midlands who are seeking to fuel growth through investment and exports. Chris Romans, partner and private business leader at PwC in the Midlands, comments: “Private businesses have told us time and time again they are focused on growth over...