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Increase your awareness of business issues and alternative solutions by searching our Library of original content - event reports, survey reports and over 500 Board Briefings from your Chief Strategy Officer - arranged into eight channels.


Few Boards can boast a CSO of equal status to the COO or CFO. This matters as the perspective of a strategist is very different from others at the table. 'Board Briefings from your Chief Strategist' fills the vacuum. Each is curated from an inspirational source such as a McKinsey insight, business book or HBR article into a digestible 200 word summary.

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The MPF conducts regular surveys of its extensive contact base. Recent ones include:


A survey of more than 200 MPF members reveals that although “strategy” is regarded as the second most important area of expertise when advising clients, many firms are giving little attention to their own strategies. This neglect of an essential element of running a business could well have serious consequences for a firm's ability to compete in the market place and its success in meeting long term challenges. People also have only a vague understanding of their own firm’s strategic thinking. Over half (57%) indicate that their firm doesn’t have an internal position with ‘strategy’ either in the job title or representing a substantial part of the role.

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  • Jointly produced with the Professional & Business Services Council
  • Present levels of activity are near normal; slightly below for larger firms: with SME’s slightly higher than larger firms
  • Expansion in activity and revenues is expected in the coming year, with SME’s more optimistic
  • The key area for investment in the coming year is technology. This is followed by training for larger firms and marketing for SMEs
  • SMEs expect to grow headcount in leaders, advisors and support staff; larger firms are expecting growth in advisors but a reduction in leaders and support staff
  • Political uncertainty is the top constraint on growth over the next year, and is also by some margin the constraint that is most sensitive to an adverse change over current expectations. Skills, talent and employee turnover are seen to be of lesser importance.

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  • Produced for the House of Lords EU internal market sub-committee
  • 92% of firms currently provide services to clients in other EU countries
  • Freedom of establishment under the EU’s services directive is seen as essential for cross-border trade by 39% of firms and important by a further 26%.
  • 42% of firms are in agreement that WTO membership would allow most of their cross-border services to continue as at present; 30% disagree
  • 75% of firms are in agreement that a comprehensive EU free trade agreement would offer similar access for their firm to that achievable at present; 12% disagree
  • 59% of firms are in agreement that the EU’s free trade agreements with other countries provide helpful access for their firm beyond WTO membership; 9% disagree
  • The EU’s professional qualifications directive is seen as essential in allowing recognition by 16% of firms and important by a further 39%
  • Regulatory equivalence is seen as essential by 30% of firms and important by a further 34%
  • Free movement of people is seen as essential by 42% of firms and important by a further 30%

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“Put simply, a diverse and inclusive organisation delivers competitive advantage. Our belief in the value it can deliver is so strong that it sits front and centre of our business, which is paying dividends. We have seen an improved representation of all diverse talent among our leadership team, testament to the focus we place on creating an inclusive environment where everyone can achieve their potential.” Steve Varley, Chairman and UK & Ireland Managing Partner at EY.

MPF research confirms that professional firms are taking a lead in supporting women in leadership roles. A number already exceed the 30% Club’s aspirations and the 33% target set by Women on Boards. Women in the professions also outstrip comparable roles within FTSE 100 companies, with higher than average numbers in positions of leadership.

The report provides a perspective into the firms that are leading in this area and those that are on the right path, looking at what they are doing and how. We also look at best practice on supporting the women in leadership pipeline, and ask what the corporate world can learn from the professions.

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