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PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, welcomes Carey Denney as a partner in its Consumer and Manufacturing practice. Carey has extensive background in multiple industries including CPG, Travel and Logistics, and Financial Services/FinTech.

PwC has created a Capital Markets, Account Advisory and Structuring (CMAS) team in its Midlands hub, marking one the latest people and service investments the Firm has made in the region.

- 82% of Global Consumers Concerned About Rising Prices for Energy and Food
- 51% Cutting Back on Non-Essential Purchases and 39% Shopping More in Discount Retailers
- Only US Shoppers Plan to Spend More this Black Friday Compared with Last Year...

Innovation Investment Capital (‘IIC’ or the ‘fund’), a new fund focused on providing innovative Cardiff Capital Region businesses with long-term capital, has been launched at an event at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Despite the challenging economic landscape in which businesses are operating, UK consumer satisfaction has held steady over the last year, according to research released today by KPMG.

- UK headline index has fallen to its lowest of +18% since 2009, but remains stronger than European peers.
- Employment still expected to rise, though firms lack confidence in finding skilled staff
- Companies still expect a considerable rise in costs, with 80% of UK businesses forecasting higher wages
- UK firms project falls in both capex and R&D over the coming 12 months...

Ahead of the Autumn Statement 2022, PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, wants the UK Government to focus on climate action to help grow the UK economy and tackle economic instability.

The Forward program, a free six-month online learning journey offered by McKinsey, has reached its first milestone of enrolling 100,000 learners from more than 60 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan in 18 months since its inception. The program aims to reach an additional 150,000 learners in 2023.

- Purpose influenced over a fifth (21%) of respondents when it came to deciding between job offers
- 84% of people said it’s important to work for an employer that provides meaningful work
- 41% say they have left their organisation due to its stated purpose, lack of purpose or another purpose related reason...

- CFOs of the largest UK corporates rate credit as being more costly than at any time since 2010
- CFOs have become markedly more pessimistic about financing costs since the mini-Budget
- The majority of CFOs expect revenues to fall over the next 12 months..

Demand for technology professionals in the UK has increased by more than 40% in 12 months, despite the technology jobs market easing in the first half of 2022, according to the latest UK Tech Talent Tracker from Accenture.

PA Consulting, the global innovation and transformation consultancy, has become a corporate partner of the Zenzic CAM Scale-Up programme.

- Supply chain issues top the list of concerns for businesses
- Almost half of businesses say net zero plans have been superseded by more immediate concerns, however ESG remains an important metric for lenders
- More than half of businesses intend to improve business performance through digital transformation.

Investing in breakthrough innovation – bringing something new to the world – is critical for organisations who want to futureproof their growth and combat a rapidly evolving set of competitors.

Accenture Sustainability Services expands its unique ability to use technology, science, data, and economics to drive sustainable impact for clients globally.

- 83% of reward specialists at large companies are taking action or considering ways to help employees..

- Over a third of workers (35%) from across the economy will start looking for a new career in the next year due to the rising cost of living...

- Over 1,200 people to be hired every year between 2022 and 2027
- More than half of these expected to be hired outside of London
- £125m to be invested in audit quality over the next five years...

Over the last few years, the metaverse has dominated the tech world, but the term itself has existed for decades.

Accenture has agreed to acquire Sentia’s businesses in the Netherlands, Belgium and Bulgaria.

- The Deloitte Consumer Tracker reveals UK consumer confidence fell by three percentage points in Q2 2022, reaching a historic low of -19% and below the previous record set during the lockdown of March 2020.

Traditional cost cutting measures are no longer enough; Cost transformation must be interconnected with growth, sustainability and innovation...

Over three-quarters (76%) of UK businesses say employers have a learning and development (L&D) responsibility to encourage office workers back to the office, according to a PwC survey of 150 UK employers.

PA Consulting’s Global Head of energy and utilities, Aris Karcanias, comments on the UK’s largest round of clean energy subsidies, in an article in the Financial Times.

New five-year partnership on the ‘Future of Work’ will examine the big issues affecting the modern workforce and offer practical, research backed solutions to employers...

PwC UK today announces the appointment of 77 new equity partners from 1 July 2022. The new promotions are in addition to 22 partners promoted in January 2022, making 99 new partner promotions in total this year.

It’s old news that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital means, but perhaps not widely recognised or accepted yet is that this will change the security paradigm in the short to medium term.

Welcome to the metaverse. Now, where exactly are we? Imagine for a moment the next iteration of the internet, seamlessly combining our physical and digital lives.

High fuel prices and labour shortages are making the busy summer season a challenge for carriers.

Shanton Wilcox, US manufacturing lead at PA Consulting, explains how AI can help boost decision-making amid procurement chaos.

Nearly two in three UK companies (64%) say they have experienced fraud or economic crime in the last two years, according to figures from PwC’s latest Global Economic Crime Survey 2022.

New research shows most organizations in the U.K. overestimate their progress with workplace inclusion...

Maggie Titmuss has joined PA Consulting as a Senior Advisor. Operating in the firm’s cyber security and digital trust team to help clients reduce their digital and technology security risks.

Millions of Brits are burying their head in the sand over the rising cost of living because they lack the confidence in numbers to work things out...

Martin Walker, a data management and financial services expert at PA Consulting, took part in an interview with Lars Lunde Birkeland on Strise's Laundry podcast which invites external guests to give their views on how Anti-Money Laundering (AML) work is being carried out today.

- Vast majority of businesses (85%) either have or expect to have shortages in critical skills...

Leading global consultancy partnership Kearney has today announced that Martin Skancke, Chair of the Principles of Responsible Investment, Member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and chair of the Norwegian Government commission to recommend a low-carbon strategy for the Norwegian economy, has joined its Sustainability Team as a Senior Advisor on a consulting basis.

This article was first published in FT Global Risk Regulator...

To achieve business success in the world today, it’s important to fill each customer interaction with high levels of service.

The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs survey highlighted softer rises in hiring activity during March, as candidate shortages restricted growth of both permanent placements and temp billings.

The future of money is digital. It is estimated that more than 80% of central banks are considering launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC) or have already done so.

The pandemic has meant a sharp reduction in travel in both passenger and commercial traffic. The behavioural changes we have seen will remain in part – meaning action is needed to make public transport attractive, write Tobias Kihlén, Helena Lemoine and Caroline Barle.

Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a subsidiary of Accenture, has been awarded a seven-year, $199 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Deloitte will welcome 160 undergraduate students to its annual early careers programme: Spring into Deloitte. The programme, now in its ninth year, will debut two new courses in April: ‘Young Black Professionals’ and ‘Women in Technology’, in addition to its existing ‘Regional Careers Global Impact’ programme.

Accenture and League, a health-focused platform-as-a-service company, are collaborating to create experiences and increase access to improve outcomes for people, providers, payers, and retail pharmacies.

PwC is delighted to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Olivehorse Consulting Services Ltd, a leading consultancy specialising in supply chain management.

- Emissions Must Be Cut by 50% by 2030 in Order to Reach Net Zero by 2050, and Industries Need to Move Beyond Addressing the Issue at Just Company Level
- CO2 AI by BCG and CDP Join Forces to Enable Scope 3 Data-Sharing at the Product Level and Power Collaboration Within Ecosystems
- 'CO2 AI Product Ecosystem' Platform Provides a Solution for Organizations, Suppliers, and Customers to Seamlessly Share Their Sustainability Data, Facilitating Net-Zero Journeys for Entire Ecosystems

The pandemic has meant much of retail bounced between being open and closed, significantly impacting sales and changing consumer behaviours. In January 2021, non-essential retail stores were closed, pushing many consumers to buy goods online. In this context, while all comparisons are provided on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, those focused on online/in-store have also been compared with January 2020 (Yo2Y). This will be clearly signposted below.

Deloitte has today announced an agreement that will, on completion, see one of the UK and Ireland’s leading data and digital transformation specialists, Etain, join Deloitte’s Consulting practice.

Energy is generally considered a basic human right and access to it is essential for an adequate standard of living and to promote health and well-being. In that context, the chancellor’s intervention is appropriate and necessary, as without his package of support, millions of British households would be in fuel poverty.

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