Numbers are important. They have a helpful way of conveying
results in an easily-digestible, unerring format. But, perhaps I
would say that, given my profession.
In my last blog, I talked about a lot of numbers. Last year
Deloitte's UK Group delivered 13.6% growth, breaching Ł3
billion in revenue for the first time. The firm has invested in 30
start-ups, 20 of which were developed by our own people. Our number
of partners and directors in Scotland rose to 35 and 45, while we
also recruited 53 graduates and 10 BrightStarts.
But that's only part of the impact Deloitte has made this
year. While sometimes numbers tell you all you need to know, in
other instances you have to go beyond the headline figures and look
to what they're made of.
That's exactly what we do in our annual
Impact Report. It contains more than 60 stories detailing how
the 17,000 people across Deloitte have put their shared purpose
into action over the last 12 months.
At the top level, it showed that in FY 2016 Deloitte advised on
43% of Main Market IPOs, filed over 21,000 tax returns and signed
audit reports for 15,500 entities. The firm also supported 4,500
students through Deloitte Access and gave over 46,000 hours to
Of course, these numbers only tell you part of the story about
our year at Deloitte. But, sometimes the most important tales
don't lend themselves that well to eye-catching figures.
As part of our continued commitment to Aberdeen, we spent a
great deal of time this year supporting Granite, a major
participatory arts project in the city. Developed and organised by
the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), with backing from Aberdeen
City Council, the series of events told "the story of
Aberdeen" through its people.
The project was one of NTS's most ambitious to date –
and we knew our sponsorship would help provide a unique set of
opportunities to individuals and arts groups across the city. At a
challenging time for Aberdeen, it helped disparate groups come
together, learn about their past, think about their future, and
develop their own talents through participation in this major
We were proud to support such an important initiative, which
engaged thousands of people across Aberdeen and sold more than
1,300 price-friendly tickets. It was an amazing project to be part
of, with some of Scotland's leading organisations. There are
still opportunities to get involved, with the scriptwriters behind
Granite being given space at Aberdeen Arts Centre and the bespoke
choir are planning to establish the 'Granite Choir'.
This year also marked the fourth year of our Non-Executive
Director Programme in Scotland, which supports some of the most
influential business leaders in the UK. Designed for, and by, the
non-execs of some of Scotland's leading organisations, it helps
them meet their regulatory and statutory obligations as directors,
as well promoting an important exchange of ideas among
Scotland's business leaders.
We held three sessions for more than forty non-executive
directors this year. The feedback has been very positive and
supportive of the programme continuing – we look forward to
seeing our next cohort of participants.
Making a further impact to the way we do business in Scotland,
we signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge. It highlights the
significance of boosting productivity, development and workforce
engagement. All things extremely important to us as a firm.
Those are just a few ways we made an impact that matters to our
clients, people, and the places in which we do business. There are
others to tell, not least how we are using robots to help
Clydesdale Bank manage a vast number of customer requests every
week. More on that later, though.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing what our people do
this year to make a positive contribution to Scotland's
businesses and communities.
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