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Claire Payne is a journalism graduate and News Writer for LSBF. She writes about SMEs, education and careers, entrepreneurship, women in business, and sustainability.

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Challenger banks leading the way in UK, research shows

May 24 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Challenger banks are leading the way in the UK, outperforming their high street counterparts in meeting the needs of their customers when it comes to digital payments, innovative services and account connectivity, according to research from financial services technology provider FIS.

The third annual PACE (Performance Against Customer Expectations) study surveyed 1,000 British banking customers, asking them about their banking experiences and how well their provider is meeting their banking needs.

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UK financial services customers want improved loyalty programmes, research shows

May 19 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Research from Collinson Group has revealed what UK financial services customers are looking for when it comes to loyalty programmes. 

The research, which surveyed 2,250 consumers across the US, UK, Singapore and the UAE, found that 38 per cent of banking and financial customers in the UK feel as though they are rewarded for their custom.

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UK unemployment rate reaches its lowest level in 42 years

May 18 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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The UK unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 42 years, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

The figures showed a drop of 4.6 per cent in the UK’s unemployment rate, with the number of people out of work falling by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the three months leading up to March.

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Graduate recruitment app Debut launches national petition for interview feedback

May 16 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Student and graduate recruitment app Debut has launched a national petition calling for the government to make it a requirement for employers to provide interview feedback for candidates.

The petition, which is part of Debut’s #FightForFeedback campaign, comes after research from the app found that over 80 per cent of candidates who have attended an interview have not received feedback.

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Top degree subjects for getting a job revealed

May 15 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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The top 12 degree subjects for getting a job have been revealed in new research from the Telegraph.

The data, which was obtained using the latest information from the Telegraph’s university course finder and originally sourced from The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for 2014-2015, ranks the top degrees for jobs, with subjects such as business and technology featuring on the list. 

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Survey shows optimism boost in financial services sector

May 09 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Businesses in the financial services sector felt more optimistic in the first quarter of 2017 than in the previous quarter, despite uncertainty over Brexit, according to the most recent CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey.

The quarterly report surveyed 98 businesses and found that the level of optimism was varied across sectors, with investment managers, building societies, insurance brokers and life insurers feeling the most optimistic in the first quarter of the year.

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Young Londoners most likely to consider flexible working, research finds

May 05 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Research from conference calling specialists Powwownow has found that 18 to 24-year-olds in London are the most likely to consider flexible working (85 per cent).

The company’s survey of 2,000 working professionals found that business leaders in London allow their staff to have a total of three hours and 31 minutes away from the office a week, compared to the average time of two hours and 34 minutes in the rest of the UK.

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Research shows increase in salaries for graduate jobs

May 03 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Research from jobsite Adzuna has shown an increase in salaries for graduate jobs, with a rise of 2 per cent over the past year.

The research showed that the typical salary for graduates is now just under £24,500, whilst UK salaries have also started to rise again.

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London-based firm introduces gamification to improve graduate recruitment process

April 20 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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A London-based IT services company has introduced gamification to help make its recruitment process more enjoyable for graduates.

FDM is looking to increase candidate diversity and make its graduate testing process more engaging with the introduction of Yellow Hook Reef, an assessment game by global game technology provider Arctic Shores.

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Apprenticeships help to boost career prospects, research shows

April 04 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Over three quarters of young people believe that apprenticeships help to improve skills and boost their career prospects, according to youth charity YMCA’s Work in Progress report.

The report, which has been released ahead of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, also found that four in five young people would recommend taking an apprenticeship.

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Entrepreneurs are happier than full-time workers, according to research

March 22 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Research from employee engagement company Personal Group has found that entrepreneurs in the UK feel happier and more motivated than people who work full-time.

The research surveyed 800 employees, including 124 self-employed workers, and found that over 60 per cent of those who are self-employed look forward to going to work. 

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Research shows connection between training opportunities and job satisfaction

March 16 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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New research from training platform Course Library has shown a strong connection between training and development opportunities and job satisfaction.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 workers aged between 18 and 64 in the UK, found that almost half are happy in their current job.

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Research shows increase in asset-based finance to businesses

March 15 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Research from the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) has shown that asset-based finance to businesses in the UK has reached £22.2 billion, up by 13 per cent from £20.6 billion in 2016.

The research identified the key reason behind the rise, with the increase in businesses turning to asset-based finance and supplementing traditional sources of finance to help boost business growth and finance the development of new products being the main driver.

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Confidence among UK’s private sector firms recovers to strongest level

March 14 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Business confidence in the UK’s private sector has recovered to its strongest level since the middle of 2015, according to data from the Markit UK Business Outlook Survey.

The research, which surveyed 12,000 manufacturers and service providers, found that it has now reached 52 per cent as fears over Brexit begin to subside.

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SMEs benefited from drop in pound, PayPal data shows

March 07 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Small and medium-sized businesses benefitted from the drop in the pound in 2016, according to data from PayPal.

The online payments company revealed that UK SMEs saw a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in their international sales from January to June last year, whilst the rate of growth increased to 34 per cent from July to December. 

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Vodafone to launch world’s largest programme to recruit women

March 06 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Vodafone is to launch the world’s largest programme to help women who have taken a career break to get back into work.

The programme follows research that has highlighted the problems that women face when re-entering the workplace, such as restricted opportunities for pay rises and promotions. 

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WeWork searching for start-ups for its London-based programme

March 03 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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US-based workspace provider WeWork is searching for start-ups in London to take part in the company’s UK WeWork Labs programme.

The company is now accepting applications for the programme, which will be based out of its London Fields facility in Hackney.

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SEO link building: 5 must reads

March 01 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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In an ever-increasing digital world, search engine optimisation is becoming more and more important when it comes to getting your company noticed. Link building is a vital part of SEO as it raises the credibility of your brand in the eyes of Google and, therefore, in the eyes of consumers.

Here are five insightful reads that can help you set the ball rolling.

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Employers consider people skills most valuable asset for employees

February 28 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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People skills have been named as the skill that business leaders believe is the most valuable for employees to have in a new survey from the Oxford Open Learning Trust.

The research, which was carried out by YouGov, surveyed more than 500 senior decision-makers and identified the soft skills that are the most desirable to employers when it comes to recruiting new staff. Over 70 per cent of respondents cited people skills as the most valuable. 

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Accountants were in high demand last year, survey shows

February 27 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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There was a high demand for newly qualified accountants in 2016, according to the UK Salary Guide by specialist recruitment agency Morgan McKinley.

The guide showed that 2016 was a good year for accounting and finance, with strong demand in both sectors, particularly for auditors who were looking to move into the industry.

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UK named one of the most attractive places for work

February 17 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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The UK has been named one of the most attractive places for work in a new study from human resources management software company ADP.

The Workforce View in Europe 2017 report surveyed over 9,900 employees from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Switzerland, exploring their attitudes on the future of work and offering insights into issues such as skills, career development, international talent, wellbeing, workplace technology and employee engagement.

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Manchester and London among the most influential cities in Europe

February 16 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Manchester and London have been featured in a list of the most influential cities in Europe in research from commercial real estate company Colliers International.

The Cities of Influence report looked at talent, location, affordability and low costs to find the top 20 most influential cities in Europe, with Manchester and London being the only two English cities to make the list. 

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Specialist lender closes its first fund for UK SMEs

February 13 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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A lender that specialises in providing debt and equity capital to small and medium-sized businesses has closed its first fund for UK SMEs.

Beechbrook Capital has raised £150 million for the Beechbrook Capital UK SME Credit I fund, with the fund being supported by investors from the UK, continental Europe and America, and the final close being backed by new and existing investors.

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Accountancy speed is top priority for SMEs, research shows

February 07 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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A new survey from business software provider Exact has identified the top demands from SMEs when it comes to accountants, with speed being revealed to be the main priority.

The study, which surveyed 2,500 SMEs and accountants, also found that SMEs are twice as happy with using an accountant that is tech-savvy.

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January sees job application and salary increase, research shows

February 05 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

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Job applications and salaries were up last month, with an increase of 55 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, according to data from CV-Library.

The research also showed a significant increase in job growth, with the number of jobs rising by 38 per cent month-on-month and 5.1 per cent year-on-year. 

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