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UK businesses are less likely to appoint IT directors to the main board than their European counterparts, according to a study conducted by management and IT consultancy Cornwell Affiliates and executive research firm Norman Broadbent. Only 53% of UK IT directors said they were on the board, compared with 81% in Germany and a survey average of 61%. The survey of 4,000 organisations in France, Germany Spain and the UK showed a correlation between IT director representation on the board and IT strategy within corporate objectives, with 47% of UK respondents believing IT strategy was aligned to business strategy compared to 80% of German respondents.

PricewaterhouseCoopers saw global revenues of $21.5bn for the year ended 30 June 2000, a 15% increase on the previous year. Net revenues were $19.6bn. Management Consultancy Services generated $6.6bn, a rise of 14%. PwC CEO James J Schiro (above) said: “Our strong financial performance reflects the focus and effectiveness of our people in building a culture of client service and product innovation.”

E-Minister Patricia Hewitt has launched the new “UK online for business” and “Interforum” e-commerce awards for SMEs. The awards are sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Cisco Systems, and supported by the Daily Express. An online entry form is available at www.ecommerce-awards.co.uk.

Chartered accountant BDO Stoy Hayward and US computer giant Oracle have launched ReGeneration, an advisory service for ailing dotcoms.

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