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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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? Continue reading