This week’s post comes from Dougald Middleton, Partner in UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. The middle class is shrinking in the UK and in almost every developed economy. The structural drivers that rebalanced employment towards managerial and professional roles are weakening – along with economic growth rates – and this turnaround in fortunes is … More What happens when we lose the middle?
This week’s post comes from Steve Ivermee, Managing Partner, UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. This might be a strange, even bizarre question to ask given the uncertainties currently faced by the UK economy and – by extension – UK companies. But, our latest Global Capital Confidence Barometer has two really striking UK headlines. For … More Could the UK become a hotbed of M&A in 2019?
In this week’s blog we’ll look at how the oil sector is responding to new challenges and think about the broader cross-sector challenge of transforming non-traditional investments into long-term value. … More How can oil companies engage with a low-carbon future?
This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Alan Hudson, Head of UK Restructuring. UK quoted companies issued 89 profit warnings in the first quarter of 2019. This is the highest first quarter total since 2009. Indeed, our EY Profit Warning Stress Index has only been higher twice before – both times during the last recession. … More Has UK plc lost its earnings compass?
This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Amanda Blackhall O’Sullivan, a partner in our Restructuring team. Some of the strongest headwinds that have battered the travel sector in recent years are easing, but new challenges are always emerging and many go deeper than temporary shifts in overheads and demand. Airlines and tour operators in particular will need … More Are travel headwinds easing?
This week’s blog comes from Charles Honnywill, Transactions Partner and Divestiture Leader at EY Disposals remain high on the UK corporate agenda and an active M&A market suggests that there’s no shortage of buyers. So far so good. But as recent high-profile examples highlight, many transactions don’t go to plan due to unforeseen regulatory issues. … More Can they buy what you’re selling?
Most organisations inside the UK – and many outside – will rank Brexit as amongst their biggest immediate risks. Rightly so. But amidst this political maelstrom, it’s easy to forget that the biggest existential threat to your organisation might come from an emerging disruptive trend or a change in social attitudes. In this week’s blog … More What’s that coming over the hill?