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By Peter Walsh In our 2017 Global Investor Survey, a companion to PwC’s 20th CEO survey, over 550 investors listed geopolitical uncertainty as the top threat to company growth prospects (the full report can be read here). With investors taking note, corporates are looking to mitigate. The development of a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Treasury
By David Kenmir and Conor MacManus The UK has traditionally been open to foreign financial services firms, something that has helped put London at the heart of global markets. On 20 December 2017 the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) set out how it hopes to maintain that stance post-Brexit, by publishing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FSRR
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By Ben Higgin and Rob Anderson "The process operates like this except when ..." This is something that I often hear when discussing operational processes with clients, largely because most firms don’t have a one size fits all approach to business and product models that are continuously evolving and becoming... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FSRR
By My Financepartner There’s no point in beating around the bush; pitching can be terrifying. No matter how many years’ experience you’ve got under your belt, seeking investment can be hard work and high stress. Because - and there’s no gentle way to put this – it’s not just your... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Private business
By Jonathan Turner and Megan Charles A mini revolution happened in the payments industry over the weekend. PSD2 came into force. ‘PSD – What?’ some might say. The title may mean little to those not ‘in the know’ but it is set to have a significant impact on the retail... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FSRR
Ofwat has published its final methodology for the PR19 price review, continuing to raise the bar on the standards expected from the water industry. Its statement that typical household bills should decrease by £15-25 a year underlines the regulator’s expectation that companies will deliver a step change in efficiency and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at PwC Research
By Alex Bertolotti Blog Snapshot Noteworthy events of 2017 Reaction of the industry Scepticism vs. Acceptance It’s amazing the difference a year can make. At the start of 2017, it was unknown whether IFRS 17 would even materialise as a new standard; and if it did so, what form this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at FSRR
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By David Morris One of the more significant announcements from this week’s Government reshuffle was the re-branding of the role of Secretary of State for Health as ‘Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’, along with a similar change of title for the ‘Department of Health and Social Care’... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Health Matters
By Imran Farooqi Welcome back to our fourth blog on why the time has come to opt out of the Know Your Customer (KYC) arms race. If you were to actually print out everything a KYC analyst has to know to be able to perform KYC at a bank it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at FSRR
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By Dr Richard Horne Non-executive directors (NEDs) have an important role to play in helping private businesses define a comprehensive approach to cyber security. An outside perspective can be invaluable to executive management teams who are struggling to adapt to new digital threats. I’ve set out seven principles that boards... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Private business
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by Henry le Fleming, a specialist in PwC's circular economy team The Environmental Audit Committee has proposed a “Latte Levy” of £0.25 per disposable coffee cup. This is alongside some good advice that reusable cups should be used wherever possible, and an insight into the problems of recycling composite materials... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Sustainability and climate change
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By Ailis Mone In the second of a series of blogs looking at how blockchain can transform healthcare systems and patient care we explain how the current pharmaceutical supply chain can be improved. Trust is a fundamental necessity when it comes to medication. For a patient to consume a medication... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Health Matters
by Richard Laikin, PwC’s Water Sector Leader and water sector experts, Nicky Fomes and Nick Forrest Ofwat published its Final Methodology for the next water industry price control (PR19) on 13th December. In response, we set out the key changes between Ofwat’s draft methodology and its final methodology in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Energy Spotlight
By John Patterson, Corporate Governance Consultant at PwC A couple of weeks into the consultation period on the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code, we’re well into the cold-towel phase of line-by-line review as we prepare our response to the FRC. This never feels quite right for a document that is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Corporate reporting
By Suzi Woolfson Looking ahead to 2018 here are some key themes that PwC believes will be crucial to private businesses’ continued success. Suzi Woolfson, UK private business leader at PwC, comments: Corporate governance “Private businesses are playing an increasingly influential role in the UK economy. Unsurprisingly then, the FRC... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Private business
By Grant Lee The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) long-awaited technical consultations, to put more flesh on the bones of July’s broad policy proposals to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regimes (SM&CR) to all FCA firms, arrived on 13 December 2017. Firms have been waiting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at FSRR
By Stuart Hatcher UK Olympic taekwondo finalist Lutalo Muhammad was just seconds from an almost certain gold medal when a sudden reverse kick delivered defeat and silver. Most of us would be ecstatic to win an Olympic silver medal, but for a distraught Muhammad, silver meant failure. So, what has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Private business
By My Financepartner Even with a product that sells, cost-effective marketing and the ability to generate a profit many businesses can still struggle to raise further funds. You need to spend time to get to know investors, to understand their needs, goals and motivations to succeed at funding. As someone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Private business
By Neil Loveday In a climate where economic growth rates are low and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future, one might think CEOs would look to merger and acquisition (M&A) activity as their most likely route to enhanced revenues and profitability. However, PwC research suggests the vast majority... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Private business
By Jess Mantell From restaurants and bars to the food and drinks served within them, succeeding in this sector relies on both a passion for your product and a keen eye for finding cost and operating efficiencies. At a recent roundtable for CEOs, we heard about what was on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Private business
By Katy Turner The UK is set to continue its status as a global 'scale up' location. But, becoming a scale-up business demands a different skill set to the one you employed when getting it off the ground in the first place – now you need to manage both growth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Private business
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Alison Blair features as a guest contributor in the latest Research Live Industry Report published by the Market Research Society (MRS), and considers what might be the next big trends to shape the research industry. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at PwC Research
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By Janahan Tharmaratnam Patients know that the NHS having access to their data can help improve and speed up care. Overwhelmingly they want professionals across the NHS to more easily have access to, and share, their data. But how patient data is used, shared and managed is a very sensitive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Health Matters
By Paul George Two weeks ago, I chaired the latest in our series of podcasts on Trade Matters, focusing this time on the Future of Regulation and what it could look like once the UK leaves the EU. I was joined by PwC's Michael Moore, Senior Adviser on Brexit, Jo... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Public sector matters
Are companies exposed to fines at 2% or 4% of their worldwide annual turnover, or are they exposed to fines based on the group worldwide annual turnover, assuming that they are part of a group? Articles 83(4) and (5) talks about ‘an undertaking’, which means a single entity. They do... Continue reading