123 posts categorised "Publications"

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...

24 June 2014

New Publication: The local state we're in

Our fourth annual survey shows that councils remain concerned about their long term ability to manage funding cuts without impacting the quality of services delivered or outcomes achieved. With efficiency savings no longer sufficient, councils need to find new ways of working, redefining their role and purpose. This year’s survey...

29 May 2014

Logistics and the economic outlook

The UK economy is picking up in 2014 and the recovery is set to continue into 2015, with this year and next set to see the strongest growth in the recovery so far. However, growth is still not likely to return to the rate we saw before the crisis when...

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

Lifting living standards? Did you know…

As we head along the path to the 2015 general election, debates on squeezed living standards - and what can be done to help lift them - have moved centre stage. This is not just about managing the cost of living but dealing with the earnings crunch too.

21 April 2014

Reports out, results in: Key findings from a review of the December year ends who have reported so far...

With approximately half of the FTSE 350 having December year ends, we've been reading annual reports as they’ve been released and have captured the most up to date view on market responses to the new regulations and year on year improvements in reporting. For a teaser of our latest results,...

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...

Managing in the ‘new normal’ 2014 – the latest instalment in the series of 'Managing in a Downturn' surveys

The environment for charities has remained challenging over the past 12 months. Added to the economic difficulties organisations had faced in recent years, were a new raft of reputational concerns as the sector hit the headlines with a number of negative incidents. Whilst these events can be taken in isolation,...

01 April 2014

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...

21 March 2014

Emerging Trends in Real Estate®

The global outlook for 2014 About the report The Emerging Trends in Real Estate© US, Europe and Asia Pacific reports are produced annually by the Urban Land Institute and PwC following interviews with the most senior property professionals. Over many years, they have become key indicators of sentiment in their...

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 February 2014

Global Economic Crime Survey 2014 - UK Report

For the full UK report, visit www.pwc.co.uk/crimesurvey Economic crime continues to affect UK companies, with theft from employers on the rise, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2014. The number of frauds committed by staff, as opposed to those outside an organisation, has risen from 34% in 2011 to...

10 February 2014

Asset Management 2020: A Brave New World

The asset management industry stands on the edge of a number of fundamental shifts that will shape the future of the industry… Most asset managers have afforded themselves little time to bring the future into focus and the way in which many of them will operate in 2020, will be...

05 February 2014

Deal Team Times

Welcome to our January 2014 edition of the Midlands Deal Team Times. Our newsletter profiles some of the transactions completed in the Midlands by our local PwC Deal Team over the last year and looks forward to the year ahead and what we hope will be year of real activity...

21 January 2014

Cities of Opportunity: Building the future

The fifth edition of Cities of Opportunity tracks the performance of 27 of the world’s key urban centers. Working with the project economists of Oxford Economics, PwC’s global capital projects and infrastructure team has gone one step further by analyzing the Cities data from the perspective of the traditional and...

CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey

“The survey shows confidence reaching an all-time high, as the industry enjoys the fruits of economic recovery. Business and profitability are strengthening fast, and firms anticipate further growth. In response, they are increasing their levels of headcount and investment. Increasing demand does not mean that incumbents will have things all...

18 November 2013

Midlands’ cities perform well in new City index

Cities in the Midlands are performing well in terms of infrastructure (housing and transport), health, and work-life balance, according to a new report that ranks cities on their economic performance and quality of life, but for some cities there is room for improvement on jobs, income and skills. The 2013...

07 November 2013

2014 will see strong growth for the Midlands economy - PwC Report

A new report from PwC predicts the Midlands economy will grow strongly in 2014. The West Midlands economy is expected to grow from around 1.3% in 2013 to around 2.4% in 2014. In the East Midlands, PwC predicts the economy will grow from around 1.2% in 2013 to around 2.4%...

23 October 2013

The right approach to managing tax

We are living in a highly volatile tax environment. Companies are under increasing scrutiny to explain their tax affairs transparently, be it the Public Accounts Committee in the UK, the Senate Committee in the US or a wide range of Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Tax authorities increasingly expect tax to...

14 October 2013

The finance function of the future - what will it look like?

At a time when growth opportunities are hard to identify and execute, finance functions are increasingly challenged to provide their organisations with a strategic edge. In addition, the challenges from new and existing stakeholders around external communication and reporting are putting increased pressure on finance functions at a time when...