Business intelligence, Big Data, AI and machine learning will drive business innovation

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To support Deloitte’s leadership role in developing the Fintech strategy in Scotland, we recently ran a workshop with the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Accountancy & Finance students to bring to life the complexities of developing and launching a Fintech start-up. With brilliant mentorship from Craig Paterson of the Data Lab, we set 3 teams the challenge of building a business case with projected expenditure and revenues, considering recent market opportunities presented by Open Banking, and capabilities such as artificial intelligence and robotics.

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Posted on 06/06/2018 | 0 Comments

Getting creative: Disrupt the Enterprise 2018

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Unbeknown to a lot of our employees, the current location of Deloitte Edinburgh has always served as a creative space. In times gone by, not only did a large theatre used to stand on the site but also one of Scotland’s first ever cinemas, renowned for ‘entertainment of unparalleled brilliance and refinement’. On the 24th April, Deloitte was once again able to showcase Saltire Court as a hub of innovative ideas and ground-breaking solutions.

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Posted on 25/05/2018 | 0 Comments

Creating a partnership that truly matters…

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There aren’t many points in the development of a business where you get the opportunity to really play a part in something that has the potential to change the face of the industry and make a lasting impression on the future of an industry or a region.  For me, in however many years’ time I want to walk away from my career and be proud that the team and I properly made a difference in our sphere of work, and I’m incredibly proud to be part of a firm that holds that value really close to its heart. 

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Posted on 11/05/2018 | 0 Comments

The increasing accountability in Scottish tax

BF tax blogWith the introduction of the Scottish income tax, we now have a more direct link between the economy, tax receipts and the Scottish Budget. The significance of the Barnett Formula block grant has been reduced, and this will expose the budget in Scotland to the risk of a reduction in economic performance but will mean that the Scottish Government will have more to spend if the economy grows.

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Posted on 26/04/2018 | 0 Comments

Proper planning can help Scotland’s economy tackle Brexit

FoA blog imageWith the end of the financial year upon us, now is a good time to reflect on Scotland’s economic performance over the last twelve months and perhaps more importantly, consider the challenges that lie ahead.

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Posted on 29/03/2018 | 0 Comments

Data is the new…Enabler!

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Now, I’m going to try and get through this blog without the phrase ‘Data is the new oil’. Every conference with any link to data science and financial services will have at least one speaker (if not more) that will utter these words to try and express the true value now being placed on data.

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Posted on 28/03/2018 | 0 Comments

Disrupt the Enterprise - Innovating in the Digital Era

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Scotland has an ubiquitous entrepreneurial spirit and undeniable character felt in the pulse of the country. With disruption on the doorstep, Deloitte uses Disrupt the Enterprise, to connect and honour this magic in our own way.

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Posted on 09/03/2018 | 0 Comments

From Datathon to Deloitte: Now it's your turn to get involved...

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With DataFest 18 coming up and Deloitte’s team organising our second Datathon in the Edinburgh office, I’ve been thinking about how I went from being a casual competition-goer to a consultant in the firm. To quote one of our directors, I’ve gone “from Datathon to Deloitte” – a journey I didn’t necessarily expect to go through one year ago. 

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Posted on 14/02/2018 | 0 Comments

Public sector technology predictions: I never make them and I never will

TMT blog AMJanuary must be the most predictable month of the year. Gym visits go up, decorations come down, and we all reflect on what the year ahead could bring. Here at Deloitte, every January we report on how trends in technology, media and telecommunications will play out in our TMT Predictions report. As the saying goes, I never make predictions and I never will, but three of this year’s predictions stood out for me as especially significant for government and the public sector.

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Posted on 02/02/2018 | 0 Comments

Supercharge your entrepreneurial spirit: top tips from Chris van der Kuyl

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Every year, Deloitte celebrate the UK’s fastest growing companies in the firm’s Fast 50 awards. With the competition reaching its 20th anniversary, some of its most iconic Scottish entrepreneurs relive their experiences and share advice with those looking to start out today.

In the second part of the series Chris van der Kuyl, owner and chairman one of the UK’s most successful video game developers, the BAFTA award-winning 4J Studios offers his thoughts.

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Posted on 30/01/2018 | 0 Comments

Tax return made easy – 16 things to remember when completing Self Assessment

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The deadline for 2016/17 tax returns is only days away. Those who are self-employed, receive rental or savings income over certain limits, or who have made capital gains over the annual exemption of £11,100 for 2016/17 will need to complete their self-assessment by the end of the month. People who receive child benefit and where the higher earner in the couple has income of over £50,000 are also affected.

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Posted on 26/01/2018 | 0 Comments