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By Peter Barlow We are entering the final countdown to the first multinational enterprise groups having to file their country by country reports. For December year-end groups, these will be due before 31 December 2017. Country by country reporting (CbCR) is more than just another compliance burden. Knowing how to... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Tax
By Chris Murray, PwC partner and Leader of PwC's Global HR Technology network Blockchain is a technology that’s widely discussed but perhaps less widely understood. Technically, it’s a distributed ledger that allows value to be exchanged securely, transparently and without risk of tampering. It’s also a technology that creates decentralised... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at People agenda
By Umang Paw E-discovery tools are reinventing the art of the possible in complex investigations, and even pointing the way towards ‘self-policing’ enterprises The power of e-discovery tools has grown enormously. Enabled by the breakneck pace of technological change new capabilities draw on artificial intelligence (AI), advanced analytics and big... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The data blog
By Matthew Williams The crisis in the supply of housing in the UK, particularly those who are most vulnerable or in need, is now a national infrastructure challenge of 25 years making. Rising to this challenge requires organisations with capability, capacity and clarity of purpose. Since 1949, private enterprise has... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Public sector matters
By Jasmine Martin Our latest Annual Law Firms’ Survey provides some interesting insights into the performance of the UK's top 100 law firms. While overall revenue has grown, profit margins are under pressure with almost half of all firms surveyed experiencing a drop in profits in the last year. As... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Deal Talk
John Hinchcliffe, cyber security specialist Cyber security has had a lot of media airtime recently – none more so than the recent Wannacry and Petya malware attacks that impacted businesses and organisations worldwide, including our own NHS. Cyber security risks aren’t limited to malware; attacks on supply chains are increasing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Energy Spotlight
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By Hannah Audino, George Mason & Michael Kane The UK has gradually improved NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) rates over the past decade, and further improvements could boost GDP by around £43bn in the long-run, according to the latest edition of the Young Workers Index. But would the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Public sector matters
CASS has undergone huge changes, not least in the last 2-3 years with an overhaul of the rules through PS14/09 and the introduction of the FRC Assurance Standard in 2016. The FRC Assurance Standard led firms to thoroughly analyse their end-to-end CASS relevant processes and controls, with most identifying significantly more key controls than previously documented. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FSRR
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By David Snell I don’t watch the X Factor, though that might change if there’s a Bowie week before Christmas. But I happened upon one of my children settling down in front of it last Saturday night, and it got me thinking. There were a number of chairs. As far... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Industry perspectives
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By Hannah Audino and George Mason Across the UK, young people aged 16 to 24 are almost four times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Despite falls in youth unemployment in recent years as the economy has recovered from the financial crisis, challenges around social mobility, a lack of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Economics in business
Laura Hinton, Chief People Officer at PwC It’s an uncomfortable truth that where someone is born, where they grow up and what their parents do for a living still plays a large role in determining their future. For too long this status quo was largely unchallenged but fortunately, this is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at People agenda
By Lisa Hooker The health and beauty market is growing at an average of 2% p.a. in Western Europe. So far, there has been a number of deals completed in the health and beauty sector over the last few months in the UK which PwC was involved in (including Holland... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Deal Talk
By David Morris and Sam Knollys The NHS provides us all with a great deal of pride and is a globally recognised and respected institution. Significant challenges remain however, not least the need to continue to provide quality healthcare whilst delivering significant transformation in a period of constrained resource. There... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Health Matters
Blog by Rachel Moore Research and development (R&D) tax credits offer a significant cash benefit that can help companies fund investment in R&D. Innovative software and technology is becoming increasingly fundamental to a number of industries – many of which where R&D is not usually thought to be relevant, such... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Tax
By Jane Evans Integrated Risk Management (IRM) – the idea of looking collectively at all the risks that might ultimately prevent a scheme paying out all its member benefits over time – is an excellent concept. It would be crazy to spend a lot of energy solving a particular scheme... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Pensions
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A team from PwC Research has won the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the 2017 PwC Awards ceremony in London for their work helping a Saudi regulator measure the progress of its market reforms. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at PwC Research
By Novella de Renzo and Alenka Turnsek Value creation through operational improvement: nothing new in itself, but the success of private equity was often attributed to the leveraged financing of the transaction without interfering with the underlying commercial reality of the business. The evolution of value creation has been going... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Tax
By Domenico del Re, Director, Financial Loss Modelling and Philippe Korur, Cyber Security Manager at PwC. Cyber risk is one of the greatest risks facing the financial services industry. The PwC CEO Survey found that UK CEOs rate cyber risks as their second biggest business threat - second only to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Cyber security updates
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By Jonathan House Delays to announcements about the future of local government reorganisation have left councils frustrated, but Jonathan House argues structural changes alone are not the answer. This article originally appeared in the Municipal Journal on 4 October 2017. It had been widely suggested that there will be an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Public sector matters
By Kevin Nicholson, Head of Tax With tax an inevitable talking point during the party conference season, PwC Head of Tax Kevin Nicholson argues it’s time to open up tax policy debate History shows many new tax policies fall flat on their face. Criticised when they're announced, or impossible to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Tax
By Rachel Moore HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released its annual statistics regarding research and development (R&D) credits and Patent Box claims, which make for interesting reading. Small and medium enterprises (SME) companies that are engaged in qualifying R&D activities can claim tax reliefs on the cost of these... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Tax
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By Richard Thompson Our PwC Financial Services Deals app allows you to easily access topical and up to date content in one place! Join our app today and get access to our latest thought leadership, blogs, articles and reports on trends and hot topics affecting the Financial Services sector. Join... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Deal Talk
By Anthony Coughlan Blog snapshot Insurance companies can use some models, systems and processes developed for Solvency II for IFRS 17. It is important to understand the differences between Solvency II and IFRS 17, not only so you know the scope of developments required, but also so you can manage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at FSRR
By Simon Russell The annual UK Tech Awards celebrate success, reward achievement and raise the profile of the UK tech community and we are proud to sponsor them again this year. The tech community epitomises the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that is vital for our economy. The UK tech awards... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Deal Talk
In Germany, a first decision regarding the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been rendered by the Administrative Court of Karlsruhe on 6 July 2017 (10 K 7698/16). The state data protection commissioner of Baden-Württemberg had issued an order against a credit information agency based on the grounds that... Continue reading