138 posts categorised "Hot topics"

29 May 2016

Building, nurturing and exploiting networks – that’s how the Valley ticks, how the deals get done and how the finance flows.

Back in 2015 PwC’s Ignite incubator programme selected four local companies, - Ardbrin, Datactics, DisplayNote Technologies and Flowlens, for a year of mentoring support and guidance from PwC, culminating with a trip to Silicon Valley to experience first-hand, the reality of California’s tech community. After a week of Google maps...

16 February 2016

The price of oil: Just how low can it go?

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, PwC Northern Ireland's chief economist, Dr Esmond Birnie looks at the price of oil and asks, just how low can it go - or could we facing a sudden rebound that will take us all by surprise? According to the International Energy Agency, the world...

19 January 2016

UK CEOs hold their nerve despite rising global threats - PwC Annual Global CEO Survey

UK business leaders remain confident about prospects for the year ahead Recruitment and mergers & acquisition (M&A) are key priorities UK remains an investment hotspot for global companies CEOs see more threats than three years ago as geopolitical and cyber concerns rise UK CEOs are investing heavily in their people...

12 January 2016

After the floods – what now for insurance premiums?

After three major storms and a series of devastating floods a cross the UK in December and January, Mohammad Khan, UK general insurance leader at PwC, said the outlook for UK household insurance premiums is mixed: “For those not affected by this winter’s flooding, competition between insurance companies for their...

24 November 2015

Europe’s first PwC and Google Innovation Lab launched in Belfast

A European PwC and Google Innovation Lab has been unveiled today [Tuesday 24 November] in PwC’s Northern Ireland headquarters in Belfast. The PwC and Google Innovation Lab is only the third such facility worldwide, others being in New York and Sydney. The Belfast Lab will work collaboratively with companies across...

14 October 2015

Is Northern Ireland closing the employment gap with the rest of the UK?

The latest labour market figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the month to September 2015, fell by 1,100 to 40,700. While the continued fall in the unemployment total is welcome, Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC’s chief economist...

01 September 2015

China’s economic turbulence: Why we should care

PwC Northern Ireland's chief economist, Dr Esmond Birnie take a close look at the Chinese stock market crisis and asks what it means for Northern Ireland. Napoleon allegedly said, “China is a sleeping giant, let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world”. Well, the sleeping giant...

26 August 2015

How worried should we be about China and the global economy?

Recent dramatic events in Chinese stock markets have rippled across global markets and reignited fears of another downward leg to the global financial crisis. PwC chief economist John Hawksworth assesses how bad are things really and what this might mean for the UK economy. China has serious challenges to address...

06 August 2015

Productivity “single biggest challenge” to Northern Ireland’s recovery

Poor productivity remains the single biggest challenge to Northern Ireland’s sustained recovery, according to the latest economic assessment from PwC. PwC’s Northern Ireland Economic Outlook (NIEO) says that, while overall unemployment has fallen by over 10,000 since June 2014, it has remained the highest amongst the 12 UK regions for...

08 July 2015

Accelerated corporation tax payments a 'burden on business".

Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposal to accelerate corporation tax payments by large companies, Martin Fleetwood, PwC tax partner in Northern Ireland said: “This measure will increase government’s 'tax take' in 2017/18 by £4.5bn and 2018/19 by £3.2bn. “That amounts to a significant acceleration of tax receipts into the middle years...
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