291 posts categorised "Press releases"

17 December 2014

Northern Ireland is growing – but where’s the feel-good factor?

Northern Ireland is growing but the feel-good factor remains elusive, according to a new assessment from PwC. PwC’s latest Northern Ireland Economic Outlook (NIEO) published today [Wednesday 17 December 2014] says the region is enjoying falling unemployment, an expanding workforce, and modest recovery in exports, all supported by a raft...

10 December 2014

Santanomics: Ireland tops developed nations’ Christmas-spending league.

The Irish spend more over Christmas than any other major Western economy, parting with around $1,200 (£780) per person, that’s a third more than shoppers in the US, according to new analysis in PwC’s latest Global Economy Watch. UK consumers were the second most extravagant, parting with around $1,100 (£700)...

09 December 2014

Belfast named, “world’s most business-friendly city”

Belfast has just been named the world’s most Business Friendly City of its size, according to analysis by the fDi intelligence division of the Financial Times. fDi’s Global Cities of the Future 2014/15 scrutinised data from 130 locations across the globe ranging from megacities with populations of more than 10million...

08 December 2014

Cycling's first whistleblower talks about fraud

Paul Kimmage, the man who exposed Lance Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs, is coming to Belfast to talk about whistleblowing. Kimmage, whose book, Rough Ride, exposed the widespread drug abuse in professional cycling, is guest speaker at PwC’s Fraud Academy event this Wednesday [10 December]. As a professional cyclist, Paul...

03 December 2014

AS 2014: Stamp Duty changes - Average homebuyers are winners - PwC comments

Commenting on the overhaul of the stamp duty rates on residential property, Martin Fleetwood, tax partner at PwC said: “People buying an average home will have more money to spend if they complete on their purchase tomorrow. "On a £300,000 house- the UK average price- they could save £4,000- the...

AS2014 - Cutting Air Passenger Duty for children - PwC comments

Commenting on the Air Passenger Duty (APD) announcement in the 2014 Autumn Statement Dr Esmond Birnie, chief economist with PwC in Northern Ireland said: "While any reduction in Air Passenger Duty will be welcomed by the airline industry, a reduction of APD for junior fliers will have most impact on...

AS 2014 – PwC comments on the abolition of employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25 years

PwC's chief economist in Northern Ireladn says: "The overall tone of this year’s Autumn Statement is that much still remains to be done to put the public finances on a sustainable footing and it is now widely recognised that a shortfall in income tax receipts is the biggest cause of...

AS2014 - Corporation Tax devolution - what the Chancellor said.

In the 2014 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor referred to the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland; here's the extract from his speech: “The Government recognises the strongly held arguments for devolving Corporation Tax rate‐setting powers to Northern Ireland, including its land border with the very low corporation tax environment...

AS 2014 - PwC comments on the introduction of student loans for post graduate students

PwC's education and skills partner, Sara Caplan said, “We really welcome the Chancellor's move to offer a student loan for postgraduate degrees. "The Higher Education Commission reported on this issue in Autumn 2012 and recommended that the Government needed to find a way to help people to take their studies...

Autumn Statement 2014: PwC comments on today's Corporation Tax announcement

Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement on corporation tax devolution, Paul Terrington, PwC regional chairman in Northern Ireland said: “The Chancellor has delivered a “yes, but” on the devolution of corporation tax varying powers to the Northern Ireland Executive. “Whilst agreeing that the power could be devolved, George Osborne has made...