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By Robert Mellor PwC’s Asset Management Tax conference, held in London on 9 May, discussed the burgeoning responsibilities asset managers now face under the know-your-customer (KYC) rules and related regulation. Almost 25 years after the first anti money laundering (AML) regulation introduced financial services companies to the idea they must... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at FSRR
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Retail is ever changing and with continued online consumer growth we are seeing a decrease in visits to physical stores. Our ‘Total Retail’ report suggests that retailers should ensure an optimised and enhanced in-store experience is created to aid shopper conversion. However many retailers still face daily challenges such as... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Industry perspectives
r2i has developed a behavioural assessment tool called ‘Cyber First’, which measures the extent to which employees display the behaviours desired when making a decision that could expose the organisation to cyber risk, and helps to identify the key influencers of behaviour. Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Research to Insight
PwC's Private Business team are delighted to be hosting their next #PrivateBizChat Twitter chat on 6 June at 12.30pm. The chat will focus on cyber security and the impact on private businesses. As threats continue to mount, understanding and managing cybersecurity risks has become top of mind for leaders in... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Private business
By Alwin Swales Blog snapshot: Insurance companies missed an opportunity to modernise their legacy IT systems estate during Solvency II Biggest impact on systems will be the speed of reporting required Keep an eye out for my series of blogs over the coming months Insurance companies had the chance of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FSRR
By Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith As councils confront their continued spending pressures, local authority owned museums have come under the microscope with some councils resorting to selling collections or closing down all or part of museum services. Our recent three-part blog series explores the choices facing local authority museums... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Public sector matters
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Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith Brighton & Hove City Council has announced that from April 2018, it intends operating the city’s Royal Pavilion & Museums via a cultural trust [1]. They believe this will help grow the success of its iconic Royal palace and nationally significant museum collections, while also... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Industry perspectives
By Matthew Russell With the Criminal Finances Bill recently receiving Royal Assent and the September implementation date for the new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion fast approaching, our clients are starting to think about what “reasonable procedures” look like in the context of their... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Fraud Academy
The UK Government recognises that encouraging innovation is a vital component in a strategy for improving the UK’s productivity, performance and competitiveness. As a result, the research and development (R&D) tax credit scheme for small and medium sized enterprise (SMEs) was set up to fund and encourage greater innovation in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Private business
By Tina Hallett A week on since last week’s local elections and six new metro mayors face a challenging task: how can they make an impact and deliver on their promises? Their election represents a significant milestone in devolution – a power shift in momentum from central to local government.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Public sector matters
By Fiona Webb and Erika Schraner Private Equity (PE) firms are increasingly turning to buy-and-build deals and market consolidation plays in order to generate returns. Making these types of deals work requires more than traditional financial engineering and cost cutting. And on top of that, current market uncertainty makes it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Deal Talk
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Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith In the first blog in this three-part series on local authority-managed museums, we examined the context in which today’s museums are operating, the growing need for local authorities to take a hard look at the benefits their museums deliver and at the options for sustaining... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Industry perspectives
Is the FCA doing insurers a favour by keeping the focus on customers in its 2017/18 business plan? We expect continuing work on ensuring the fair treatment of existing customers, the review of the pensions market, more work on governance over distribution chains and preparations to apply the Insurance Distribution Directive early in 2018. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FSRR
As widely reported in the media, there has been a significant wave of ransomware attacks against a large number of NHS bodies and their access to data held on computer systems. NHS Digital has stated that it is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Health Matters
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By Jonathan Holmes, Jonathan Roe and Pierre-Edouard Pichot Recent media coverage suggests fraud in the UK construction industry has never been more prevalent. Cases of bribery, cash-for-contracts, procurement scams and other alleged wrongdoing in the sector have hit the headlines in the past few months. The direct costs of such... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Fraud Academy
By Angela Browning There is quite a period of change abreast in the UK, the world of tax and indeed for innovation incentives. For that reason, here is a timely reminder of a few recent changes and how they could impact your business. Aligning R&D and new Nexus claims -... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tax
As widely reported in the media, there has been a significant wave of ransomware attacks against a large number of NHS bodies and their access to data held on computer systems. NHS Digital has stated that it is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Cyber security updates
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Many details are still unclear about the Great Repeal Bill, but what is clear is that the task ahead is enormous and fraught with potential for error. Both the EU and UK financial services regimes are complex, and heavily intertwined. Also, the EU legislative and regulatory framework that the UK would have to adopt has multiple layers. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at FSRR
This public consultation seeks to collect views from a broad range of stakeholders, as well as from the public on three points: on the use of digital tools and processes throughout a company's lifecycle, on the cross-border mobility of companies (mergers, divisions, conversions) and on the conflict-of-law rules for companies.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Tax
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By David Smith The last two years have seen a wave of consolidation within the container liner industry: CMA-CGM’s acquisition of NOL, Hapag-Lloyd’s acquisition of CSAV, and the merger between COSCO and CSCL drove a notable increase in industry concentration in 2016. The bankruptcy of Hanjin, the merger of Hapag-Lloyd... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Deal Talk
By Stephanie Bloor, Director “91% of UK online shoppers now shop at Amazon*” How do other retailers meet this monopoly on customer engagement, innovate and differentiate themselves? In a world where technological advancements are supercharging the ability for organisations to innovate, is it any wonder every retailer is asking themselves... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Industry perspectives
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Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith There are around 700 local authority museums in England[1] with the majority managed directly by local councils and largely funded by state subsidy. With continued pressure on funding, local authority spending on non-statutory services such as museums, is inevitably coming under the microscope as it... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Industry perspectives
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By Michael Collins 2016 was a year of political turbulence for the UK and Europe which had an impact on M&A and the Manufacturing sector as a whole. 2017 has already seen more politics come into play, but how are the markets reacting and what is happening to deal volumes... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Deal Talk
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Retail and consumer organisations are regularly suffering data breaches, yet only 58% have an overall security strategy. All sectors face a range of cyber threats, but the retail sector appears particularly badly hit. PwC’s annual Global State of Information Security Survey 2017 found that organisations in the retail and consumer... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Industry perspectives
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By James Archer Deal Activity European and UK M&A markets have continued their descending trend in deal volumes into Q1-17, with this drop appearing more pronounced in Europe than the UK. The European Retail & Consumer (R&C) sector has experienced a significant decline in the number of transactions taking place... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Deal Talk