LSBU develops an innovative programme to help support SME businesses access funding
Research by leading multinational insurance group RSA, revealed that although Britain is enjoying a boom in start-ups, there are still a large number of SMEs struggling to get through their early stages.
UK growth to slow in the face of political risks at home and abroad, says EY ITEM Club Autumn Forecast
EY ITEM Club forecasts GDP growth will slow to 2.4% in 2015 * Business investment growth expected to fall to 5.8% in 2015 in light of political uncertainty in the UK and abroad but, low inflation and interest rates will sustain the economy’s expansion.
Deloitte Consumer Tracker: Confidence Hits Three Year High
Consumer confidence highest since tracker began in Q3 2011 * Confidence in household income increased by 7 percentage points.
Deloitte Digital Invites and Challenges Digital Experts in Capital Markets Hackathon
Deloitte Digital is bringing developers, entrepreneurs, designers and a range of digital specialist together for its first hackathon aimed at the capital markets industry.
In Troubled Times, UK Businesses Need to De-Risk Their International Growth
The UK economy trotted into recovery earlier this year, but times are currently tough worldwide. Global markets plunged last week, Germany, the Eurozone's star economy, faces the possibility of a recession and UK growth forecasts have been revised downward. Forecasting group EY Item Club estimates growth of 2.4% in 2015, a sharp fall from a previously expected 3.1%.
Consulting in Nigeria has huge potential finds new report
Although from a small base, consulting in West Africa grows at 26 per cent…
Deloitte: Opportunity Knocking for Midmarket Firms in M&A
Nearly half of respondents (43.8 percent) describe the M&A market for mid-sized, privately-held companies as “improving” or “very aggressive” in the next 12 months, according to a recent Deloitte poll.
Five things you need to know to tackle maverick spend
As we enter the final quarter of the year, CPOs will be budgeting new cost savings to be realised during 2015, but rather than focusing on strategic sourcing, writes Jes Batting a management consultant at PA Consulting, they must turn their attention to taking control of their organisation’s maverick buying as a powerful source of new savings.
Marketing & Customer Service – A match made in heaven?
The marketing department might not have enough people to provide the human touch, but the contact centre certainly does – this begs the question of how the two departments could best work together in order to get the most out of their customers.
Greece and Scotland – why they have more in common than you might think
Stephen Archer, Director, Spring Partnerships – analyses the similarities between Scotland and Greece in terms of their economic situation and desire to be independent from the Union/Eurozone.
Stronger Supply Chains Could Boost Economy By £380BN - CBI
Potential for 500,000 new jobs across Britain’s regions
Targeted action to revitalise domestic supply chains could inject £30 billion into the economy by 2025, creating more than half a million jobs across the United Kingdom, according to a new CBI report.
Capgemini Partners with NetSuite to Launch its New ‘Virtual Company’ BPO Solution
Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced the launch of a scalable cloud-based solution with NetSuite to help organizations become more agile in disruptive environments.
The Last Mile* Report 2014 - Logistics Firms Set to Invest in Last Mile Technology as Absent Consumers Pose the Biggest Problem to Their Business
Total number of UK-wide deliveries expected to increase by over 40% between 2013 and 2018.
KPMG's Vincent Neate Makes It Into the First Disability Power 100 List
Vincent Neate, partner and Head of KPMG UK's Sustainability Services practice, has today been named as one of the most influential people in Britain with a disability or impairment, in the first ever Power 100 list.
Britain's Top Director Earned a Year's Worth of the Living Wage in Less Than an Hour
Forty nine minutes after returning to work after the 2013 New Year break Britain's highest paid director, Simon Peckham, Chief Executive of Melrose, earned as much as a worker on the living wage earns in a year, according to new TUC research looking at directors' pay in Britain's top 350 companies published today (Friday).
CBI Comments on Reports of Proposed Changes to Immigration Rules
The CBI today commented on reports that the Government is considering plans to cut immigration from the European Union by limiting the number of national insurance numbers issued to low-skilled immigrants.
Out-of-Town Footfall Continues Positive Trend
Footfall in September was 0.9% down on a year ago, up on the 1.1% fall in August and in line with the three-month average of a 0.9% decline.
Only 19 of the World's 100 Largest Companies in 2012 Will Be in That List in 2042
A new book entitled iDisrupted by John Straw and Michael Baxter, claims that only 19 of the world's 100 largest companies in 2012 will still be in that list in 2042. However, it says that even this bold claim may be understating how things will pan out.
Accenture Tops GCC Thought Leaders
Accenture has risen to the top of the White Space Thought Leadership Rankings in the GCC and other emerging markets, ahead of Strategy &. Accenture was only firm in the ranking whose score for emerging markets material was higher than its score globally.
Five Steps To Interviewing a Champion Salesperson
According to latest research 55% of the sales workforce lack the qualities required to succeed. (Source: Caliper Corp).
Rising Employment Figures Mask a Long-Term Problem, Says KPMG
Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG reacts to the publication, today, of the latest UK employment figures, which have seen unemployment levels fall by 154,000 to 1.97 million.
Unemployment Falls Below 2 Million for the First Time in Nearly Six Years as Employment Growth Shows No Signs Yet of Running Out of Steam
CIPD Chief Economist Mark Beatson comments on today's labour market statistics released by the Office for National Statistics.
PwC Family Business Survey Shows Need to 'Professionalise' the Family as Well as the Business
Family businesses remain a dynamic and resilient segment * But competition more intense, price pressures growing, speed of change accelerating * And succession is more hazardous than ever, with only 16% claiming to have a robust succession process.
Escalating growth of companies re-shoring in the UK according to JLL
The number of companies re-shoring and near-shoring in the UK continues to rise according to new research published by JLL.
Optimising supply chains for the future with new Oliver Wight and Oracle workshop
Business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight EAME, in partnership with Oracle, are running a free half-day workshop for senior executives on optimising supply chains to create ‘the ultimate profitable customer experience’, now and for the future.
Warm weather behind slowest growth in online sales since 2010
The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have unveiled that annual UK online retail sales grew by 7% in September 2014, the second lowest ever growth rate in the Index and the slowest since 2010.
The Augmentation of Female Influence in the Automotive Industry
Complimentary Analyst Briefing from Frost & Sullivan gives insights into the market potential of the largest and most influential vehicle customer segment.
Leading Company Procurement Organizations Generate Twice the Average Measurable Cost Reduction According to Global A.T. Kearney Study
Their success formula uses procurement as a catalyst to drive durable business performance through excellence in managing categories, suppliers and teams.
No better time to give something back
Only prosperity will allow Africa to create the infrastructure necessary to avoid future epidemics, says our management consultancy columnist Mick James; through Grow Movement, consultants have the opportunity to contribute directly to that development without personal risk.
New Research From Strategy& Highlights Splintering Priorities and Growing Expectations Among U.S. Healthcare Consumers
NEW YORK, NY- Strategy&, a member of the PwC network of firms, announced today the results of a survey polling more than 2,000 U.S. residents about their preferences for managing their health, purchasing healthcare coverage, and accessing care.
KPMG reveals detailed diversity targets and staff profile
In an industry first, KPMG has revealed the detailed diversity profile of its 11,500 staff.
Confidence Continues to Grow as M&A Markets Witness Highest Average Deal Size Since 2007
M&A markets have staged a strong recovery in 2014, with deal values in the first three quarters of the year already higher than for the same period in 2013 and average deal sizes at their highest levels for many years, according to Allen & Overy's latest M&A Index.
Tieto and Cisco accelerate the Internet of Everything revolution
Tieto and Cisco announce a close collaboration around the Internet of Everything and a new Tieto Industrial Internet platform for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Global Automotive M&A Deal Value increased to $27.5 million, a strong increase of 110 percent over the first half of 2013
Development and Integration of New Technologies into Vehicles to Improve Safety, Fuel Efficiency and Connectivity Will Likely Drive Future M&A Activity.
Deloitte: how to turn strategic risks into opportunities
Deloitte today released Deloitte on Disruption, a commentary that examines why business leaders often fail to act in the face of strategic risks and includes counsel on how to embrace strategic risk, rather than simply avoid it.