The questions that I’m asked regularly whilst travelling around the UK and Europe tend to be directed towards Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. These typically take the following form:- What does Industry 4.0 mean for us, what is IoT and how can my business benefit from it, how do I know I’m making the right choice and is my direction of travel going to give me a competitive edge?
Notwithstanding a degree of macro-market uncertainty, we are experiencing high levels of deal volumes at present. The 'wall of money', which has been documented elsewhere from well invested UK corporates, private equity and institutional fund sources, continues to chase investment opportunities.
In pole position to share insights from Deloitte’s collaboration with McLaren at The Grammar School at Leeds
It’s both a privilege and a pleasure to be invited to deliver the annual Mark Bailey lecture at The Grammar School at Leeds this month. The school established this annual public lecture to honour the achievements of its former headmaster Mark Bailey.
Joanna Lumley, Ray Winstone, Larry Lamb, Hugh Bonneville and Nick Knowles are just some of the well-known faces encouraging employers to hire ex-service personnel. They all feature in Veterans Work: The Films, premiered by Deloitte UK with the Officers’ Association which will be screened on Thursday 29 March at Newcastle International Film Festival, showcase the value of hiring veterans into UK plc.
Like many firms, across many industries, temporary labour providers have faced a number of challenges in recent months and for many innovation will be key to achieving ongoing success.
I was reflecting over the weekend on the Deloitte Next Generation CFO programme, which we hosted in our Leeds office recently. I am lucky to have been involved in this programme for the past five years. I have spent my entire career within professional services in the local market, therefore I can only begin to imagine what it’s like to work ‘in industry’ as we call it, but I sense from the participants that have been on the programme that being in industry is fast paced, highly varied and progress can lead to new challenges.
When returning from maternity leave, I felt there was more we could do as a firm to create opportunities for those, like myself, who wanted to enjoy a healthy work-life balance while maintaining a fulfilling and challenging career in audit. Deloitte are paving the way for agile working and has recently been recognised by the Financial Times, Mumsnet and Working Families UK for its continued work in this area.
By Pete Balmforth, Deloitte Technology Risk Specialist based in the North East
Can you predict the future? What are the technologies of the future? What advances will be made in the next 12-18 months? See the 17th edition of the Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) predictions for our thoughts.
By Pete Gleave, Assistant Director, Deloitte Real Estate
This week saw the launch of our annual Leeds Crane Survey, which highlights a long-awaited resurgence of residential development in Leeds city centre with a significant increase in the amount of new build developments coming forward compared to recent years, which I have to say is a welcome change. The report also reflects a healthy city centre economy with improved job opportunities, a result of the significant increase in office space under construction, the second highest volume in a decade.
By Stephen Hall, Office Senior Partner, Deloitte North East
Over 11 million people need to file Self Assessment tax returns each year in the UK before the 31 January deadline. Without a reasonable excuse a fine of £100, even if there is no tax to pay, is the penalty they face.
How good is Governance within your organisation? Do you fully understand the risks you are facing? Are you managing and mitigating these effectively? What about your core policies – do your staff know what they need to do to ensure they adhere to these and do you know if they are indeed complying?