Posted By Anisa Choudhary

About Anisa Choudhary

Anisa is a politics and international relations graduate, and reports on the latest news stories regarding finance, the economy, and education.

Contact Anisa at blog@lsbf.org.uk
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FPMS launches new funding solution for small businesses

October 17 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Payment solutions company First Payment Merchant Services (FPMS) has launched a new funding solution for small businesses.

The Smart Business Funding solution will provide small businesses that are unable to access funding from traditional banks with financial support. This is in the face of challenges such as Brexit and technology-driven shake-ups in the banking industry.

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Springboard Consultancy launches personal and career development programme

October 17 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Training provider Springboard Consultancy has launched a personal and work development programme to help individuals gain skills and rapidly develop their career.

The Boost programme was piloted in early 2017. There is high demand from employers who want to help their staff boost their skills, develop their career and quickly become more valuable to the company.

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Employees want an innovative workplace culture, research shows

October 12 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from RADA in Business, the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has found UK employees want a workplace culture that encourages ideas and innovation.

The research surveyed 1,000 workplaces and found that over 80 per cent of businesses are failing to create a culture that encourages new ways of thinking. 

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Research reveals the best time to launch a business

October 11 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from financial services company Aldermore has revealed the best time for people in the UK to start a business.

The research found that spring is the best season for launching a business, with 88 per cent of SMEs (representing more than 4.8 million companies in the UK) that have done so during this period experiencing success.

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UK consumers want personalised banking services, research shows

October 10 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Over 87 per cent of UK consumers agreed or strongly agreed that banking services should be personalised in a new survey from technology and omni-channel solutions company NCR Corporation.

The research surveyed more than 1,000 UK adults aged 16 and over and found that UK consumers have high expectations when it comes to banking services. 94 per cent of those with a bank account agree banking needs to be seamless across all devices and platforms.

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Women need access to more training opportunities, research shows

October 09 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from professional training provider The Knowledge Academy has highlighted the need for more training opportunities for the whole workforce.

The research looked at data from EU statistics organisation Eurostat alongside a survey of more than 6,000 adults carried out by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. They found that European countries are more likely to provide training opportunities for men than women.

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Xero to launch online learning tool for students and employees

October 06 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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UK cloud accounting software company Xero is to launch an online learning tool aimed at students and employees to help boost their skills.

The Xero Lifelong Learning Platform was one of many new products that were demonstrated at Xerocon in London.

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London cheaper than rival financial centres for locating staff

October 04 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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London has outperformed its rival financial centres when it comes to the cost of locating 100 staff. The city is 25 per cent cheaper than New York, according to estate agency Knight Frank.

The 2018 Global Cities report compared the cost of locating staff in top global cities and estimated that the total average cost of employing 100 members of staff in conventional office space in London is $5,228,140 per year, compared to $6,938,000 in New York.

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UK consumers trust banks over third-party providers, research finds

October 03 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from management consultant company Accenture has found UK consumers are reluctant to share personal data with third-party providers, creating a major opportunity for banks when it comes to building trust.

The research surveyed over 2,000 consumers and found 69 per cent would not share their banking data with third-party providers such as social media companies, tech businesses or online retailers. 

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Lloyds boosts digital services with new flagship store

October 02 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Lloyds has opened its first flagship store in Manchester as part of an investment into a group of flagship sites.

The £3 million store will combine face-to-face services with the latest technology as digital services become more important to the bank’s customers.

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The best business self-help books

September 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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It’s always a great idea to make improvements to your life. Whether the changes affect your studies, career plan, or health, it’s important to strive for success!

Books can be a great way to gain new skills to help you. The self-help genre is widely popular, largely due to the first-person accounts of experiences you can relate to.

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Research shows demand for recruits in financial advice sector

September 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from life insurance company Prudential has shown a demand for new recruits in the financial advice sector. 70 per cent of survey respondents say they would urge people to pursue a career in financial advice.

The research showed that while financial advisers are optimistic about the growth of the financial advice market, many believe that not enough action is being taken to encourage people to enter the profession.

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Research reveals what UK consumers want from banking sector

September 28 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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A new online global survey from ACI Worldwide and YouGov has revealed the services UK consumers want from their banks.

The research surveyed more than 9,000 consumers in the US and Europe. It found consumers worldwide expect their bank to provide new and innovative services. 

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UK businesses are embracing fintech, research shows

September 27 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Businesses in the UK are embracing financial technology, with 77 per cent being aware of fintech products and services, according to research from finance company MarketInvoice.

The research found 65 per cent of UK businesses have adopted at least one fintech application, while 19 per cent have adopted at least four. 

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Survey shows increase in graduate jobs and apprentices

September 26 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Figures from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) have shown an increase in the number of graduate jobs and apprentices in 2017.

The annual survey showed businesses have recruited 20,614 graduates in 2017, an increase of 1 per cent, while the number of apprentices has increased by 19 per cent to 11,016.

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PwC and EY make list of most open-minded businesses

September 25 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from salary benchmarking website Emolument.com has revealed which firms are the most open-minded and willing to consider new ideas. Professional services and Big Four firms PwC and EY made it into the top five, cited by 88 per cent and 86 per cent of employees respectively.

Goldman Sachs topped the list, with 90 per cent of employees being satisfied with the company’s open-mindedness.

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Accountancy is one of the highest-paying jobs for students

September 22 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Accountancy is one of the best-paying student jobs in the UK, according to research from UK jobsite CV-Library.

The research analysed 2,000 part-time jobs across 15 cities and revealed the best-paying roles for students. Construction topped the list with an average hourly rate of £13.58, followed by accountancy with an average hourly rate of £12.34. 

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Fintech sector crucial to London’s future prosperity, according to research

September 21 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Over 45 per cent of businesses believe the financial technology sector is crucial to the future of London’s prosperity, according to the CBI/CBRE London Business Survey.

The survey of 271 respondents found the creative and tech sectors are the most important for the city’s economic growth over the next five years, with these being cited by two-thirds of businesses. This was followed by the fintech sector (47 per cent) and the professional services sector (49 per cent).

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EY announces career development and performance programme

September 20 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Professional services and Big Four firm EY has announced a series of global talent programmes to help employees prepare for work.

The company will be running the programmes through management model LEAD and will be introducing a new programme called EY Badges. This will help people develop digital skills for the future.

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Employers support financial education in the workplace, research shows

September 19 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Research from financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown has shown employers are in support of financial education in the workplace.

The research surveyed 418 employers, exploring their views on auto-enrolment in the workplace. They found 55 per cent believe financial education can help their staff gain a better understanding of pensions.

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Digital skills could help boost wages, according to Barclays

September 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Developing digital skills could help plug the UK’s skills gap and boost wages, according to Barclays Digital Development Index 2017.

The index explored the digital skills and confidence levels of 6,000 adults and analysed 88,000 job adverts in the UK. 

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Index shows increase in demand for accountants in City of London

September 15 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Demand for accountants in the City of London increased in August, with the number of accountancy roles up by 34 per cent, figures from Robert Walters have shown.

The recruitment company’s City Job Index also showed an increase in demand for temporary staff last month, with the number of temporary accountancy roles up by 22 per cent. 

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Banking and financial services sector dominates list of top employers

September 14 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Businesses in the banking and financial services sector have dominated the list of top undergraduate employers in this year’s RateMyPlacement rankings.

J.P. Morgan was named the best undergraduate employer in the UK for 2017-2018 by students, with the banking and financial services company jumping up 16 places from last year’s position.

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Moneyfacts reveals best banks for students and graduates

September 13 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Moneyfacts has revealed the best banks for students and graduates in its Current Account Star Ratings 2017.

Barclays, Lloyds, and TSB were among the banks rated highly, along with lesser-known names like Investec.

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KPMG’s number of apprenticeship hires reaches record high

September 12 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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Professional services and Big Four company KPMG has reported a record increase in apprenticeship hires in 2017.

KPMG’s recruitment drive has seen a 40 per cent increase in apprenticeship hires, with the number of young people recruited onto the company’s apprenticeship programmes rising to 181 in 2017.

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