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Forum news

17 Jun 2022

2023 marketing budgets higher at 60% of firms

2023 marketing budgets will be higher than 2022 at 60% of firms, with none reducing budgets, according to a recent Forum poll. Marketing expenditure and headcount have increased at 80% and 50% of firms respectively since pre-pandemic. Also covers the main gaps for marketing & BD experts between current and ideal activities.

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15 Jun 2022

Award winners announced

The winners of the Forum's 2022 Management Excellence Awards were annnounced at the ceremony held on the Remo platform. Nick Owen CBE was awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award, with Shoosmiths the only firm to win more than one category.

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20 May 2022

Firms are failing to confront underperformers

Respondents in a recent Forum survey felt that their firms had more underperformers than typical firms, with 50% of firms failing to confront underperformers in a spirit of openness and candour. The most popular remedies are training, voluntary departures and re-invigorating moderate performers.

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06 May 2022

Greater clarity over post-Covid employee benefits

Key employee benefits remain a relaxed dress code, wellness programmes, mentoring, and health screening. More firms are providing more people with these benefits compared with pre Covid, according to a recent Forum poll. The other key change is time spent in the office. Currently 50% are commuting less than three days a week - this was expected to be just 30% post Covid in the 2021 survey.

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A wide range of activities and locations

Re-tuning your Firm - full show

Re-tuning your Firm - Episode 63

Episode 63 of Re-tuning your Firm. Panel: Jeremy Beard of Haysmacintyre; Dana Denis-Smith of Obelisk Support; Anne Harnetty of Johnson Beaumont; and Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton; Includes findings of poll on ESG maturity. Hosted by Richard Chaplin 

Date recorded: 12 November 2021

Transatlantic show

Re-tuning your Firm - Transatlantic - Episode 1

Episode 1 of Re-tuning your Firm - Transatlantic. Panel: Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton; Dr Larry Richard of LawyerBrain; Larry Stroud of Korverge, and Sebastian Hartmann of KPMG. Includes findings of poll comparing the impact of lockdown between the continents. Hosted by Richard Chaplin 

Date recorded: 29 September 2021


Best solutions for clients - Awards 2021

Mark Grayson, COO at BCLP Cubed, on the winning submission for the Best Solutions for Clients category at the 2021 Awards. More

Date recorded: 10 June 2021


Fast-track Innovation™ - session 2

Fast-track Innovation - Session 2 - Where and how best to deploy design sprints (Ian Jeffery, Becky Shields, Rosemary Nunn, Marcus Dimbleby and Nigel Spencer)

Date recorded: 17 March 2021

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How important is 'place' in services innovation?

Knowledge & Innovation

How important is 'place' in services innovation?

Friday 08 July 2022

When firms are planning new investments in innovation at a time of hybrid working, a critical question is the extent that the success of an innovation is impacted by the place where it is created and developed. Our distinguished panel will explore the contribution of place to services innovation against the Forum’s five core innovation drivers and assess its importance in the future. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion, with all present encouraged to contribute.
Future proofing your practice

Firmwide Leaders

Future proofing your practice

Friday 15 July 2022

In a rapidly changing environment, perhaps our biggest challenges and opportunities lie in developing our ability to navigate the fundamental shifts taking place around us and plot a course through the forces shaping future risks and opportunities. Following his recent appearance on the 'Re-tuning your Firm' show, Rohit is returning to stimulate a deeper discussion on how leaders can future proof their practices.

Invites are sent out approximately three weeks before each event. All events are online for the forseeable future.

Recent poll findings

Quarterly tracker

Firms remain bullish with 70% to 80% expecting expansion and few expecting contraction over the next year in activity levels, headcount or new work flow. Over 90% of people will be working from home for at least half the time.

Impact of lockdown - Transatlantic show

Europeans view the lockdown in more positive terms, are less panicked by Covid and more relaxed over returning to the office. Happiness levels decreased less at European firms, but more mental health issues surfaced.

Cyber security

Lack of expertise, poor communications and cultural resistance are the most common risk indicators. Ransomware attack recovery plans need a lot of work!

Usage of new technologies

Financial management has the greatest usage, followed by services delivered to clients, then marketing and new business generation, then influencing innovation, then knowledge management, then people management and finally strategy development.

The greatest benefit I get from the Forum is having the exposure to new thinking, new ideas and new solutions to the challenges we all face as fellow professionals.

Roy Welsby
Partner Quality Ethics & Excellence, Grant Thornton