PwC Views Southwest, February 2017

It has been some time since our last newsletter, but you will be pleased to hear we have not been idle! Our senior team has continued to grow with Craig Sullivan being promoted to Director and we have had a number of qualified members of staff supporting us as we continue to grow our business; they join our intake of this year's graduates and higher apprentices.

On 7 June 2017 we will again be participating in Ride the Nation, PwC UK's iconic charity cycle challenge. The event physically connects all 31 offices in the UK network, including offices in the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland, by means of a cycling relay.

The West of England Business of the Year Awards launched on 1 February and are a great opportunity to profile your business and get quality, honest feedback from independent judges. We'd love you all to enter as we think this is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the South West. I know I am biased but this is a great event showcasing some of the excellent businesses based in the South West. For more information please go online.

And last but not least, please scroll down to see our latest news and events for the region.

Heather Ancient

Plymouth office senior partner, Plymouth

Tel: +44 (0)175 250 2301




Latest news

Good Growth for Cities
Our Good Growth for Cities report launched at the end of last year and we are immensely proud of how Plymouth performed. Highlights include the highest increase in employment since 2012 with a well above average index score showing extremely positive job growth in Plymouth. Read more online


Family business survey
Another of our favourite bits of research this financial year has been the global family business survey. Having spoken to over 2800 decision makers in family businesses in over 50 countries, we are delighted to share the insights we have gained. The survey hasn't stopped there though, with the opportunity to interview coming to the South West we can't wait to share more in the future. Read more online


Cyber attacks in the region
On a slightly less positive note we wanted to inform people of the ever present risk of cyber attacks. Having seen the recent attack on the country's largest health trust it is becoming a more and more common event. I encourage you to have a read of some blogs from our regional cyber security expert, Rhodri Evans, to help keep you informed. Read more online


FinTech Community
In a first of its kind event outside of London, Bristol recently hosted a gathering of the fintech community to come together, share ideas and collaborate. The next event is going to be held towards the end of April, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime have a look at this.


CEO survey
The latest bit of insight that we are very excited to share with you comes from our 20th annual CEO survey. Having interviewed over 1350 CEO's from around the world we want to share with you what their thoughts, concerns and outlooks are for the coming year. We will continue to bring you more information and our regional views as the year progresses. Read more online

Upcoming events


"Understanding succession for owner-managed businesses"
Sooner or later, all private businesses go through a succession event and you may already have a plan in place for this. The earlier you start your succession planning, the better your chances of increasing the value you can realise.

During this seminar we will be considering various ways of passing on the baton for your business; by way of trade sale, management buyout, handing down through the family and so on. We will be combining this with practical insights into how you can identify and manage the value in your business.

If you wish to register interest or find out more, please feel free to contact us.


"Success in a digital age"
Digital technology has transformed the way we do business (and even live) and an ever increasing number of companies are finding that they don't just need a digital strategy to succeed in this world; instead they need a business strategy for a digital age.

Watch out for our upcoming digital event in the spring which will look at some of the challenges and opportunities facing companies as they look to develop their business strategy.

If you wish to register interest or find out more, please feel free to contact us. You may also find our World in Beta website of interest.

Contact us

Careers enquiries
West, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7212 3678

General enquiries
West, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)29 2080 2447

Media enquiries
West, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7213 2538

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