For many businesses, a mixed economic environment, unease over tariff introductions and Brexit uncertainty may be rightfully viewed as causes for concern. However, bigger ticket European merger and acquisition (M&A) volumes appear to be holding up remarkably well. In this, our 13th Consumer Products M&A Insights report, we highlight several fresh trends driving the largest activity, which remains strong in spite of a backdrop of total annual deal volumes falling by over 10% from their September 2015 high of 1,500 to now around 1,100 on a rolling four quarter basis.
Chief financial officers (CFOs) are acutely aware of the fast-changing geopolitical situation, but they may not have fully considered their own crucial role in mitigating resulting procurement risks.
There are multiple emerging challenges to business stability worldwide, from rapidly shifting policies being pursued by US President Donald Trump, including tariffs on Canada, China and the European Union, to the threatened response of those who fail to abide by US sanctions on Iran.
Shipping hubs will soon have much more efficient systems and a truly collaborative culture, with ports in the UK and Europe leading the way.
For port operators worldwide, business as usual will no longer do. Increased efficiencies are required as a matter of urgency across maritime supply chains and technology is inevitably at the forefront of emerging transformations.
Grow or fail. It’s a reality for any company, and no more so than small businesses facing the challenge of quickly getting off the ground.
Continued expansion relies on providing excellent products or services meeting a real need, great marketing and sales, and superior development. All enabled by a strong strategy, effective teams, excellent processes and solid technology.
Successfully integrating businesses through mergers and acquisitions is well understood to be a challenging process. Instead of focusing on the operational aspects alone, businesses must also master the less considered areas for true success.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are an essential aspect of businesses’ strategies, but many firms struggle to integrate themselves successfully as newly paired organisations.
The term “digital workplace” is bandied around much like “big data” and “cloud computing” have been. But, as with those technologies, when you dig below the hype, you find it does offer very real benefits.
Having a digital workplace means allowing useful on-premises and mobile technology to automate tasks, empower effective working, and improve collaboration and crowdsourcing of ideas across teams — regardless of location.
Water supply and sewerage lie on a critical path for developers, although the process of providing these services can be hugely inefficient. Now Anglian Water is among the utilities digitally transforming practices.
Water companies are looking to harness emerging automation technology and smart data to transform their services. Often this requires a new way of working, closely focused on defined business outcomes, effective innovation and proper collaboration.
Businesses of all sizes are increasingly tackling climate change because they recognise not only the environmental need, but also customers’ expectations. Cutting carbon emissions and using renewable sources of energy can win loyal clients while improving profitability.
Environmental issues are finally high on the agenda of large corporations, given the pressure from regulators and customers who want to see green credentials. Recent documentaries covering the impact of plastics have further heightened all concerns for the planet, including energy usage.
The automotive and technology industries are rapidly developing self-driving cars. But while these vehicles are expected on UK roads within three years the legal frameworks for liability and data privacy remain far from ready, says leading global insurance law firm Kennedys.
Car insurance may have operated essentially the same way for many years, but it faces a new complication in the form of self-driving cars. In an accident, questions abound whether it was the fault of the autonomous system or the driver, how it can be determined whether the car was manually driven or automated at that moment and if the system had been tampered with or hacked.
Investing in real estate portfolios, private equity firms and other non-public corporate enterprises has typically been the exclusive domain of asset and wealth managers whose clients have £100,000 or more to put in. But the security of blockchain technology and the reliability of distributed ledgers mean investments can easily be broken into smaller chunks, offering opportunities to everyone. Anyone with as little as £200 can now invest in assets that were beyond reach.
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