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02 February 2015

Good growth and Belfast as a regional capital

By Nick C Jones and Esmond Birnie Which city in the UK is sixth in our Good Growth for Cities Index and also on the ONS’ latest estimates of GVA per capita? The answer is, of course, Belfast. But how many investors, visitors and potential workers and residents know this?...

22 January 2015

Qantitative Easing - what is it and how does it work?

On 22 January 2015, the European Central Bank (ECB) launched a €60bn monthly quantitative easing (QE) programme intended to challenge Eurozone economic stagnation. The QE programme will begin in March 2015 and last until the end of September 2016 and wil lcost around €1.1 trillion. On 5 March 2009, the...

Eurozone quantitative easing programme could challenge local exports

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) launch of a €60bn monthly quantitative easing (QE) programme could challenge Northern Ireland exports, according to PwC. The €60bn monthly asset purchases, intended to challenge Eurozone economic stagnation, will begin in March and last until the end of September 2016. PwC says the decision has...

20 January 2015

CEO confidence high, but skills remain a key concern- Global CEO Survey

The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of UK companies are the most confident in Europe and amongst the most confident in the world, according to PwC’s 18th annual Global CEO Survey. However, government regulation, skills shortages, political uncertainty and cybercrime are growing worries for business leaders across the world, regardless of...

19 January 2015

Dublin is Europe’s number two real estate hotspot for 2015

Dublin is forecast to be Europe’s second preferred location for real estate investment in 2015, according to the latest report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The report, Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2015, says there has been a surge in demand for real estate investment opportunities...

14 January 2015

Does the lowest inflation on record amount to a ‘giant tax cut’ for households?

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the consumer price index fell to a record low of 0.5% in December with every possibility that it may fall further. If this trend continues, the UK may even be moving towards the situation in some parts of Europe...

08 January 2015

Northern Ireland Corporation Tax Bill published– let the debate begin

Today’s publication of the new Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill, is a welcome first step in bringing clarity and transparency to the corporation tax debate, according to PwC. The Secretary of State confirmed this morning that around 34,000 Northern Ireland companies – around half of the region’s VAT-registered undertakings –...

29 April 2014

Cyber security costs soar as businesses challenge hackers and attackers

The number of cyber-attacks on UK firms has fallen slightly over the past year, but the scale of attacks and the subsequent cost, is soaring That’s according to the Information Security Breaches Survey 2014, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and undertaken by PwC. The 2014...

28 April 2014

Consumers would trade state pension for retirement flexibility.

UK citizens want much more flexibility over retirement and when they receive their state pension, according to new research from advisors, PwC A PwC report says that consumers would prefer to choose when they retire and would be prepared to pay a penalty in the form of a reduced state...

09 April 2014

Financial services firms confident of increasing demand, jobs and investment.

The volume of business in financial services grew steadily in the three months to March with investment intentions and optimism remaining, according to the latest CBI/PwC survey. For the second consecutive quarter business volumes grew in all industry sectors except for life insurance, the survey says. However, growth was less...