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Trust in your supply chain is paramount to increasing stakeholder confidence in your organisation's compliance with the GDPR. In this blog post, Victoria Back explores the journey to third party trust and continuous compliance. Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Data protection and privacy insights
In this blog post, Dr Davide Borelli and Timothy Neo discuss how the Non-Personal Data Regulation and the GDPR impact compliance obligations concerning non-personal data and where businesses could benefit by refraining from an inextricable linkage between personal data and non-personal data. Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Data protection and privacy insights
Our latest Retail Briefing provides a fascinating snapshot of the current state of play and future drivers of success in UK retail. It paints a picture of an industry with winners and losers in each category—and where the route to growth in a largely flat “new normal” is to take market share from someone else. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Deal Talk
There were no immediate tax changes in today’s Spring Statement. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tax
PwC explores the opportunities to develop innovative investment solutions and work with policymakers to drive sustainable change in UK Life & Pensions: A roadmap to succeed in a fast-changing sector. Fresh thinking is not only needed to break free from the constraints that hold back current investment strategies, but also embrace more complex, though potentially more rewarding, alternative investments.More and more of our life clients are asking “is our asset allocation still fit for purpose?” Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FSRR
By David Cockayne and Tom Mytton. Following the recent upturn in fortunes for Manchester United, after the surprise appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, we ask what lessons could be learned by organisations like the NHS, and organisational leadership? Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Health Perspectives
Recent large fines around data protection to tech giants is making regulatory implications of GDPR very real for companies who are not yet ready to fully meet the new requirements. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Data Blog
On Thursday 21st February, PwC Research hosted a breakfast briefing highlighting the importance of customer engagement and enhanced engagement strategies in the energy sector. Jen Gough opened the session by exploring how technological innovations and demographic changes in the UK could affect customer engagement within the sector and, in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at PwC Research
Disruption is affecting an increasing number of sectors, that are either experiencing or expecting disruption from technological, social and environmental change, with the current retail market softening being just one example. We’ve found that getting an early view of disruption is particularly important given human nature means we inherently underestimate the likelihood of extreme events but also overestimate our ability to cope with them as a result of optimism bias. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Deal Talk
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Industry perspectives
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Industry perspectives
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,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Industry perspectives
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’.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Industry perspectives
By Brian Peters, Financial Reporting Pensions Leader When I was growing up, a roll forward (or was it a forward roll?) was something we were required to do in PE and I wasn’t very good at them, or cartwheels, for that matter. Roll forwards have re-entered my consciousness in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Pensions
By Camila Montagni Have you started to consider how data analytics can better help solve your everyday treasury problems leaving you freer to work on more interesting challenges and opportunities? From what I have seen, even though there is interest, the Treasury community is perhaps lagging behind their peers in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Treasury
In December, we blogged about the delegation of Governance and oversight of CASS activities where we took a look at the key requirements and challenges faced by firms who outsource CASS activities. Below we highlight some of the more detailed common observations from our interactions with firms in relation to outsourcing or offshoring to other parties. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at FSRR
During 2019, heightened regulatory scrutiny on investor transparency, combined with wider competitive pressures, may further squeeze profit margin for asset management firms. One obvious temptation may be to cut back and do less, but doing things differently is often a better way to overcome challenges. So what are the regulatory and wider strategic factors that will continue to drive this trend of compressed margin, and how can innovation help firms get ahead? Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at FSRR
There are many elements which enhance and erode value in dealmaking. But, what of the external factors - particularly Brexit. Our Deals Leaders and Brexit Adviser, explore how external factors are influencing M&A. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Deal Talk
While technology brings us closer to the aspiration of a smart city providing ever more tailored and responsive services for citizens, it remains unclear how to make it a reality that works for everyone. Underpinning development towards a smart future is a reinvention of our transport service and the infrastructure that supports them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Government perspectives
By James Macpherson & Jake Wilkins. Winter in an acute trust is always a difficult time. And North Bristol Trust (NBT) certainly wasn’t immune with bed occupancy regularly running at 102% last winter, and a four hour waiting time performance of 71%. So in Spring of 2018 they decided they something had to change if they were to avoid a repeat performance - or things getting worse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Health Perspectives
In this post, James Lloyd and Simon Davis examine the Court of Appeal's guidance on Section 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018 in Shepherd v Information Commissioner [2019] EWCA Crim 2. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Data protection and privacy insights
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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Industry perspectives
Back in early 2018, following the FCA’s paper on the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) which delayed the start date of the extended regime to December 2019, we found that some firms hit the pause button on their implementation plans. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at FSRR
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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at Industry perspectives
We interviewed 600 global corporate executives to uncover how they create value through M&A. Chris Temple, UK Value Creation in Deals Leader, introduces the report 'Creating value beyond the deal' and discusses its findings. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at Deal Talk