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21 May 2019

Assurance in the Cloud - How to turn compliance challenges into competitive advantage?

This rapid advancement in technology has created sophisticated cyber threats. As the Cloud technology matures, so have the user expectations – there is an increased demand for trust and transparency. With the right support and planning, benefits will outweigh the cost and the associated risks.

16 May 2019

Rise of the machines – investing into a disruptive world

By Matthew Alabaster The world is changing faster, and with greater uncertainty, than arguably at any time over the last thirty years. Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of things and autonomous vehicles are set to revolutionise many industries; the effects of megatrends such as urbanisation, climate change...

25 April 2019

Why multi-let assets are the future of institutional real estate investment

By Gareth Lewis and Ainsley Moore How would most people typify the real estate assets that institutional investors are most eager to invest in? Up to now, the answer would probably have been large buildings let to a single tenant—such as a major bank—on a 30-year lease. A couple of...

04 April 2019

5G use cases dominate the conversation at MWC - but who’ll get to monetise them?

By Warren Tucker and Anita Nadkarni We’ve spent fascinating and energising few days at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, which was packed with ground-breaking innovations and glimpses of the future. This is a short overview of what we saw and experienced during the week, particularly geared to non-telecoms industry folks, of...

26 March 2019

Real estate shake-up: Big tests ahead offer opportunities as well as threats

By Sandra Dowling, Real Estate Leader Our newly launched Emerging Trends in Real Estate: The global outlook for 2019 report highlights risks of standing still in an industry that’s facing its biggest shake-up in a generation. There’s so much uncertainty and anxiety in the UK right now, it was good...

25 March 2019

Real asset investment gets proactive

By Andrew McCrosson and Pragya Jain As anyone involved in the real asset market will know, the past two years have seen intense competition for stable income generating infrastructure assets like water companies, airports and toll roads. Unsurprisingly, this has pushed prices up and returns down. But it’s also had...

22 March 2019

Employers in the Facilities Management sector: preparing for even more change and enforcement...

By John Harding and Emily Webster We all know just how critical people are to businesses in the Facilities Management (FM) sector and how much experience businesses have of adapting to the ever increasing burdens that are placed on employers. Over the past few months we’ve seen a significant increase...

07 March 2019

Breaking through the glass ceiling in hospitality, travel and leisure

By Lisa Hooker, UK Consumer Markets Leader If you want to give your economy a real boost, improve opportunities for women – our newly published Women in Work Index shows that bringing female employment rates in the UK up to the high levels in Sweden would increase our national GDP...

06 March 2019

Moving up the risk curve

By Matthew Alabaster Greater competition for core infrastructure assets means many investors are considering how to maintain returns by taking on assets with greater commercial, operational or market risk. At PwC, we’ve seen a lot of our infrastructure clients looking at assets higher up the risk curve. Some are broadening...

“To B or not to B”: is achieving B Corporation status valuable for organisations in 2019?

By Isabella Fox Our research suggests 2019 will be a tough year. With Brexit uncertainty and a slowdown in economic growth, consumers will be more cautious about their spend generally. Conscientious consumption is also becoming more mainstream and continues to affect purchasing decisions. With our predictions of declining retail volumes,...

05 March 2019

The Data Paradox - How much is your data worth?

By Grit Young At our recent client event, aimed at leaders of technology companies, we discussed a broad range of topics including valuing data as an asset class, business transformation through effective pricing and driving value from Intellectual property. At the heart of the discussion was the significance of ‘data’....

26 February 2019

Asia Pacific Real Estate investors’ focus is broadening

By Natalie Breen, Head of Asia Real Estate Desk Recently, we touched on the transfer of risk that’s underway from West to East, driven by the rising demand for UK and European assets from investors based in the Asia Pacific region. We wanted to further examine the nature of the...

25 February 2019

Fortune favours the brave - how to win using technology in a flat retail environment

By Tom Woodham, Digital Supply Chain Leader Our predictions for 2019 are for relatively flat economic growth and retail volume decline – Brexit outcome depending. In this “New Normal”, subdued retail environment, you need to take share to grow. This means the right technology investments and a ruthless focus on...

22 February 2019

Why the benefits of BIM make it a no-brainer - not a burden

By Andrew Walker As I recently discussed on a podcast, it’s an unfortunate fact that in some circles Building Information Modelling (BIM) has an image problem. As a process for creating and managing digital information through not just construction but every phase of the lifecycle of a built or “real...

21 February 2019

Diversity in hospitality, travel and leisure: If you want to reap the diversity dividend, make sure you have the fundamentals in place

By Jon Terry, UK Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Leader I recently had the privilege of hosting and speaking at the launch of the 2019 Edition of the Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure Review. The passion that shone through the debates at the event and the readiness of so many...

12 February 2019

Esports: Is it smooth growth or are there speed bumps along the way?

By Andy Fahey, Esports Lead Watch my vlog or read the blog version below. Our latest entertainment & media outlook shows significant growth in esports over the next 5 years; from $800m to $1.5bn at a rate of 20% per annum. This growth is being underpinned by sharp upturns in...

Four focus areas for law firms to grow their revenues, margins and resilience in the coming five years

Leon Hutchinson's second blog maps out the steps law firms need to take if they’re to remain resilient for the next five years.

Law Firm Survey: Taking stock of the past five years – and building resilience for the next five

Every year, PwC’s Law Firms’ Survey provides a fascinating snapshot of the current state of the UK legal sector. In this year’s study the picture appears fairly bright, with over 90% of firms reporting growth in fee income, and 40% saying it’s in double-digits.

Brexit and the future of UK travel – What did a recent ABTA seminar tell us?

By Damon Wright, Head of Travel & Leisure, Indirect tax With almost uncanny timing, on Thursday 31 January, PwC hosted an ABTA seminar, at which a range of speakers (lawyers, accountants, industry and government representatives) considered the possible impact of Brexit on the UK travel industry, both inbound and outbound....

08 February 2019

Reflections on the Bett EdTech tradeshow: unlocking opportunities for providers selling to schools in the “new normal”

By Georgina Howe and Ian Koxvold Each year, our extended education strategy team visits pretty much every stand at the education technology event BETT to review new products and services and talk to providers about their experiences. This year, despite negative headlines about school spending, we were encouraged to find...