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27 December 2018

Brexit and TOMS: What could happen in the event of a no-deal outcome?

By Damon Wright, Head of Travel & Leisure, Indirect tax If the agreed deal and political declaration on the future relationship with the EU successfully pass through the UK and EU Parliament and become binding it would seem that, at least for the transitional period, the UK will remain within...

17 December 2018

The close of the cycle or a land of opportunity?

By Simon Hampton and James Pincus Many investors will fondly remember the days when they could buy an asset – be it an office block or a piece of infrastructure – then sit back for a few years and then sell it at a handsome profit. Try that investment strategy...

14 December 2018

Costs and capacity - a challenging cocktail for UK hotels

By David Trunkfield, UK Hospitality and Leisure Leader There was a mixed mood among the CEO panel at our recent UK hotels forecast 2019 launch event; Surinder Arora - Founder and Chairman of The Arora Group, Christopher Cowdray - CEO of The Dorchester Collection, Shane Harris - CEO of Jupiter...

11 December 2018

So you want to go for an IPO? Planning and preparation are fundamental factors for its success

By Lucy Tarleton In my first blog in this two-part series, I looked at law firms’ growing interests in alternative sources of finance, a trend highlighted by PwC’s latest Law Firms’ Survey. I also set out a few of the main options for today’s firms – including IPO, private equity...

07 December 2018

Considering alternative funding? Time to weigh up the options

By Lucy Tarleton Every year, PwC’s Law Firms’ Survey provides a great snapshot of the “state of the nation” in the legal services market. This year’s report – our 27th – reveals a challenging environment in which firms are seeing income growth but margins under pressure. Within this overall picture,...

Despite the current uncertainty, there’s still a wealth of opportunity out there for automotive retailers

By Neil Philpott Last month, I was delighted to attend and support the annual Auto Retail Economic Forum in London. During the event, speakers including Ford of Britain chairman Andy Barratt and PwC chief economist John Hawksworth discussed the prospects for the car dealership industry in today’s uncertain environment. Throughout...

30 November 2018

Contractor changes in the private sector (IR35) – spotlight on Engineering and Construction

By Paula Letorey The Government has announced that the current public sector rules for contractors will be extended to the private sector. However, having announced an April 2020 implementation date, the Government seems to have listened to the flood of representations calling for a sensible lead time for the changes....

26 November 2018

Esports: The race to invest

By Andy Fahey, Esports Lead Watch my vlog or read the blog version below. In my last article, What happens when the regulator comes in?, I highlighted the growing number of major partnerships being struck throughout the esports ecosystem, citing what a coup it was for the wider esports industry,...

13 November 2018

How to meet rising consumer expectations at an affordable cost

By Tom Woodham, Digital Supply Chain Leader In my last blog, I described how online consumer goods companies have helped to boost shoppers’ expectations to a potentially unrealistic level, by providing them with a great service for a low—or no—cost. The challenge this industry now faces is working out how...

05 November 2018

Fit for the future: Keeping pace with the shifts in social trends and tenant expectations

Talking to people working across real estate, the focus of conversation is no longer whether the sector is on the cusp of a dramatic shift – that’s pretty much taken as read – but rather why and how to respond. Some say we’re closing in on a turn in the...

24 October 2018

Do you have the resilience needed to keep pace with technology change?

By Alyson Reeves Law firms have a tough few years ahead of them and will need to exhibit some extraordinary resilience over the next few years, based on the results of the 2018 PwC Law Firms’ Survey Speed of technology change is clearly of great concern for law firms and...

21 October 2018

Are law firms taking advantage of emerging technologies?

By David Moloney I’m always interested in the results of the annual PwC Law Firms’ survey, particularly when it comes to looking at how the sector embraces technology. Similar to last year, the top three priorities for law firms’ business support functions are ‘use of technology’, ‘improvements in legal service...

19 October 2018

Esports: What happens when the regulator comes in?

By Andy Fahey, Esports Lead The esports ecosystem has often, and at times unfairly, been described as like ‘the wild west’. This is a tongue in cheek swipe at its lack of structure and governance, and the easy entry into the market by various speculators from the serious to the...

15 October 2018

Signed, sealed, delivered – and then (often) returned

By Tom Woodham, Digital Supply Chain Leader There was a day—not even that long ago—when we all used to visit retailers for the express purpose of buying products and bringing them home. Today, of course, things have moved on, and ‘shopping’ often means ordering something online and waiting for a...

10 October 2018

Six tips for professional services leaders looking to embrace Artificial Intelligence

By Euan Cameron We recently held a round table event for professional services leaders where we discussed Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the benefits available to businesses who embrace it. As a group we discussed a broad range of productive use cases and many examples of positive deployment. But we also...

01 October 2018

Our 2018 E&M Summit: cutting through the uncertainty to target the opportunities

By Mark Maitland Last week, we hosted our 2018 Media Summit, a fast-paced 90-minute session attended by over 120 industry leaders and decision-makers at London’s iconic Picturehouse Central. The audience experienced a whistle-stop tour of the findings from our latest UK Entertainment & Media Outlook – and enjoyed a series...

Beyond Brexit - Engineering and construction: An industry that needs to work together

By Robert Walker In my previous blogs, Where are my people? and Is my supply chain prepared? I've been sharing some thoughts on the impact of Brexit on Engineering & Construction. As I've mentioned before, this came from the fact that many industry CEOs and leaders I've spoken to are...

Beyond Brexit - Engineering & construction: Is my supply chain prepared?

By Robert Walker As I mentioned in my last blog, Where are my people? I've been having more and more conversations with CEOs and leaders of Engineering & Construction businesses about the impact of Brexit. Many of them have expressed major concerns about the industry’s readiness for leaving the EU....

Beyond Brexit - Engineering & construction: Where are my people?

By Robert Walker In recent months, I’ve been having more and more conversations with CEOs and leaders of Engineering & Construction businesses about the impact of Brexit. Many of them are starting to express major concerns about the industry’s readiness for leaving the EU. It’s not hard to understand why....

24 September 2018

Embracing AI in manufacturing presents a massive opportunity that the UK must not pass up

By Rob McCargow When it comes to the adoption of new technologies, the UK findings from PwC’s Global Digital Operations Study 2018 paint a mixed picture, to say the least. On the positive front, the top three technologies that UK manufacturers say they’ve adopted are predictive maintenance (already implemented by...