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The future is in 3D

By Stephen Cooper, Head of Manufacturing at KPMG in the UK

Sometimes the future is closer than we think. Futuristic concepts seem to make their way into reality faster and faster these days.

There was a lot of publicity for example around Amazon’s announcement that it was planning to trial deliveries by unmanned drones. But the use of drones is already here in the manufacturing sector.  Some companies are using drones to help carry out their stock takes.  By getting the drones to fly around in the warehouse taking photos, there is no longer a need to physically bring everything down to be counted – saving both time and money.

Networking, but not as you know it…

By Melanie Richards, Partner and Vice Chairman, KPMG UK

More than 200 of London’s most successful and aspirational businesswomen gathered in London’s Canary Wharf on Thursday 19 June 2014 for the launch of the global phenomenon Lean In.

World cup fever heats up economy

By Andrew Smith, Chief Economist at KPMG UK

Having scored five straight quarters of positive growth since the recovery began in early 2013, and with real wages starting to pick up the economy can look forward to a further boost from the World Cup this summer.

Growing consumerism and materials scarcity

By Vincent Neate, Head of KPMG’s UK Climate Change & Sustainability practice

A colleague recently had dinner with a client who described the issues of growing consumerism and materials scarcity as being like two planes speeding towards each other. Neither can be stopped in midair but it may be possible to divert their courses.

Breaking down the mental health taboo

By Nick Baber, Director & Chief Operating Officer, Financial Services Management Consulting

Four years ago it was hard enough to admit to myself or my family that I suffered from depression yet in mid February of this year I managed to ‘come out’ to all of our 11,000 UK colleagues when I and a colleague were interviewed about the mental health taboo for our staff magazine.

Why are we so unprepared for an internet blackout?

By Stephen Bonner, Partner, Information Protection

Risks associated with cyber crime and malware are prevalent in boardrooms at the moment but there is one massive IT risk that surprisingly does not seem to be on the radar despite many businesses being heavily – many totally – reliant on it.

New initiative to drive access to accountancy as a profession

By Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG in the UK

Accountancy as a profession makes up 1.1 percent of the total employee population in the UK. Alan Milburn, the UK’s social mobility tsar, identified it as having had the largest decline of all professions in social mobility in the twelve years up to 1970.

Osborne pushes the envelope – too far?

By Dermot Callinan, Head of Private Client at KPMG in the UK

One Budget announcement aimed at turning the lights back on in empty homes in London strikes outside investors who use a corporate to make the purchase on any flat or house purchase for £500k or more – but then don’t let it. The policy objective is to encourage buy to let investment instead of property being left empty by investors who hold it just for a gain.

What I learned from Davos 2014: A sustainability view

By Vincent Neate, Head of KPMG’s UK Climate Change & Sustainability practice

Another year, another Davos. The four days of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos are always an interesting time for anyone with even the smallest interest in the future state of the planet, the business world and humanity in general. This year’s theme: The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business, reflects many of the issues KPMG’s Sustainability team have dealt with over the past 12 months.

Thoughts on Davos 2014

By Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability

There are some who have asked whether the World Economic Forum (WEF) serves a useful purpose. In my experience the answer to that is yes. First of all, it is a great place to meet people who are otherwise almost impossible to get hold of. How often do you bump into world leaders and chief executive officers (CEOs) around a coffee table?