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Management Library & Surveys

Increase your awareness of business issues and alternative solutions by searching our Management Library of original content - event reports, survey reports and Board Briefings.

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Survey reports

The Forum conducts regular surveys. Recent ones include:

Quarterly Sector trends - April 2018
The Forum’s 11th Trends survey highlighted that professional firms are continuing to experience exceptionally high levels of demand for their services but headcount levels are growing less rapidly. More...

Apprenticeship Levy
Produced for BEIS and the Minister for Business and Industry
The Apprenticeship Levy has doubled the number of apprentices at professional firms. However, it is unpopular with 40% of firms that pay the Levy not receiving anything back, and 46% more administrative apprentices likely to be employed if regulation of the scheme were to be simplified. More...

Brexit update
Produced for the House of Lords EU internal market sub-committee
The Forum’s second Brexit survey has discovered that 77% of UK professional firms are currently analysing the likely impact of hard and soft Brexit on the UK’s largest sector, with 20% of contingency plans already being implemented. More...

Sector trends and priorities
The Forum’s 10th annual Trends & Priorities survey highlighted that, as Brexit uncertainty reduces, professional firms are focusing on talent at a time of very rapid growth in demand for their services. More...

Struggling with strategy
Jointly with FTI Consulting
A survey of more than 200 Forum 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. More...

Women in leadership
Forum research confirms that professional firms are taking a lead in supporting women in leadership roles. A number already exceed the 33% target set by Women on Boards. The report looks at what firms 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. More...

Event reports

The Forum organises over 50 member-only events annually as an inclusive member benefit. These include quarterly Summits, Group meetings and ‘Management Team Together’ sessions.

Recent event reports include:

The Technology Summit – Jan 2018
PwC Annual Law Firms' survey – Jan 2018
Successful Generational Working – Dec 2017
The Leadership Summit – Nov 2017
Market disruption – Sept 2017
The People Summit – Jun 2017

Board Briefings

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.