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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...

02 April 2014

25,000 women tell Project 28-40: “…get back to basics on diversity.”

Women have similar confidence levels and the same top three ambitions as men 70% of men and women want to be a leader at work 77% of women are confident in ability to lead a team. Women have similar levels of confidence and ambition to their male colleagues, as well...

25 March 2014

Is there a house price bubble in the UK?

By William Zimmern & Tom Fisher UK House prices hit £250,000 on average at the end of 2013 according to the latest figures from the ONS, and the average London home would set you back £200,000 more on top of this. In nominal terms UK house prices have now climbed...

UK inflation hits four-year low at 1.7%

UK inflation hit a four-year low in February, falling to 1.7%, according to today’s official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Having fallen from 1.9% in January, it’s the second consecutive month that Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation has been below the Bank of England's 2% target. Dr...

19 March 2014

Budget 2014: Northern Ireland gets an Enterprise Zone

Amongst the measures in today’s Budget was the announcement that Northern Ireland would get an Enterprise Zone on a site adjacent to the University of Ulster Coleraine Campus. The international data centre - 5NINES – has already announced a £20million, 15 job project on the site, which is where the...

Northern Ireland employment growth - “particularly strong during 2013”

Northern Ireland’s unemployment total fell by 700 in February, the 13th consecutive monthly decline, according to the latest figures, published today. That takes claimant count unemployment to 57,800, or 6.4%, but still leaves Northern Ireland with the highest relative unemployment amongst the 12 UK regions. Commenting on today’s figures, Dr...

Budget 2014: likely implications for financial services

Peter Maybrey, Financial Services Tax Partner, looks at some potential areas the Chancellor might address in his Budget announcement, including the impact of the bank levy on UK competitiveness, how UK government will implement EU country by country reporting requirements and their response to the ongoing Base Erosion and Profit...

Budget 2014: what we expect to hear from the Chancellor

Lee Stamp, Private Client Tax Director in the North East, discusses what we're expecting to hear from the Chancellor in his forthcoming Budget and whether this will support the government's message that Britain is open for business. What will the Chancellor announce on issues such energy prices, stamp duty, tax...