Despite ongoing economic uncertainty as Brexit negotiations continue, deal activity in the UK has somewhat surprisingly persisted in H1 2018, as companies look to push ahead with growth plans. UK companies continue to be an inviting option for global investors enabling inward investment to stay high.
You've probably heard the stats. One in four people in the UK are affected by a period of poor mental health in their lifetime. Today, 10 October, is World Mental Health Day, which caused me to think about my own mental health and how it’s so important to take time for me.
Deloitte is supporting Team Tyne Innovation’s participation in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile race known as the world’s toughest row. I’d like to tell you why Deloitte got involved and how you can help.
This year I’ve had the opportunity to shake things up a bit by working with sixth form students from Tong Leadership Academy as part of our One Million Futures initiative. It aims to help one million people get to where they want to be; whether it’s in the classroom, the workplace or the boardroom. We are working with over 50 of the most inspiring social enterprises, charities and schools across the UK including Tong Leadership Academy.
The latest ‘name and shame’ list from HMRC of companies underpaying the legal minimum wage highlighted the fact many employers lack appropriate governance and controls to ensure they avoid falling foul of National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations.
By Jessica Dooley, Chief Chemist - Business Chemistry leader, Deloitte UK & North West Europe
A friend and I were chatting last week. He’s a team leader of engineers. We were discussing what he thought he needed by way of people and skill sets to create the ‘right’ team for the day job tasks, to achieve team KPIs, and to create a collaborative and positive working environment. We discussed the merits and shortcomings of selection tests that he's used in the past, which I frequently failed throughout my early career of university placements and graduate programme applications. Unsurprisingly, I'm not a fan of these. So what should you consider when building a team?
UK groups, particularly acquisitive ones, are finding that they are now faced with complex, unwieldy group structures where the number of dormant or inactive entities in the group greatly exceeds those that are active. Therefore, we are increasingly seeing UK boards addressing corporate simplification as a priority. So why act now?
By James Young, Performance Analytics Lead at Deloitte
Even those who won’t be watching this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire will know that there’s more to cycling than riding a bike. When it comes to competitive cycling, race strategies make or break the team. With just milliseconds separating the winners and losers, performance directors are under pressure to make split-second decisions in the heat of the moment.
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.
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?