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Travelling could help make UK adults more employable, research shows

June 19 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Travelling could help UK adults to gain invaluable skills and make them more employable, according to research from hostel booking website Hostelworld.

The research surveyed 1,000 people in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, South Korea and Brazil, and found that 64 per cent of UK adults and 82 per cent of employers believe that travelling can make people more employable.

 

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Employment rate remains at a high, Labour Force Survey shows

June 14 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The employment rate in the UK continues to be at a high at 74.8 per cent, according to the Labour Force Survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures showed that the number of employed people increased between November 2016 and January 2017 and continued to rise between February and April 2017. 

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Lloyds Bank PMI shows London employment and business activity growth

June 13 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The latest Lloyds Bank Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has shown a boost in business growth and employment in London for the month of May.

The PMI, which is an economic health check of the UK’s regions, showed that business activity grew at a faster rate in London than in the rest of the UK last month, with rising business demand helping to boost employment levels in the city.

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More executives using networking for job search process, research finds

June 07 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Networking is becoming a more important part of the job search process, with over 75 per cent of executives using this method to select candidates, according to research from executive search provider Korn Ferry.

The research has shown a decline in the importance of CVs when it comes to the job search process, with just 3 per cent of business executives believing that resumes are still the most important.

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Research shows increase in demand for HR and recruitment professionals

June 05 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Demand for HR professionals and recruitment specialists increased in March 2017, up by 4 per cent and 12 per cent respectively from March 2016, according to data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

The data identified the top sectors for job growth within HR over the past 12 months, with advertising seeing the highest growth at 34 per cent, followed by media at 33 per cent.

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Seedrs teams up with NatWest to offer alternative funding options

June 01 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Seedrs has teamed up with NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to become part of the Capital Connections programme.

Through the programme, the crowdfunding platform will be joining a panel of funders to provide alternative finance solutions to business and commercial customers of NatWest and RBS in the UK who are unable to access the financial support they need through traditional funding routes.

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How to succeed in your ACCA studies

May 31 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Going into the accountancy field is a big decision. If you’re planning to study for the ACCA qualification, one of the main factors you may have considered is the notorious difficulty of the exams – and how much work you’ll have to put in to ensure you get a good mark.

Don’t be too discouraged though; here’s our advice on how to give yourself the best chance of success.

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Increasing salaries would attract the right candidates, says recruitment agency

May 31 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Employers should consider offering a higher salary in order to attract the right candidates for jobs, according to recruitment agency Select Appointments.

The advice comes after recent research from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) found that over 40 per cent of employers have had to increase salaries to attract suitable candidates for jobs. 

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Financial education helps employees cope with life issues, research finds

May 04 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Financial education in the workplace can help employees to cope with life issues, with 48 per cent believing that it would enable them to save for retirement, according to a report from Capita Employee Benefits.

The Insight report surveyed over 1,800 employees aged 16 or over in the UK and found that over 75 per cent believe that being provided with financial education would enable them to cope with issues such as saving for retirement or saving up for a deposit on a mortgage.

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Challenger bank to offer financial workshops to educate consumers

May 03 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The UK is to receive another challenger bank as Chicago-headquartered Iam Bank plans to expand and roll out online services, branches and financial workshops to consumers.  

The company, which has dubbed itself the “Apple store” of banking, will be the first bank of its kind to offer learning and therapy-based financial workshops to help educate consumers on their financial decisions. 

 

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London banks on a hiring spree, says finance recruiter

April 21 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Banks are no longer worried about Britain leaving the EU, according to London-based finance headhunting firm Robert Walters. The recruiter stated that the banks are on a hiring spree across the UK, and this has prompted the company’s net fees to increase by 27 per cent in the first three months of 2017.

CEO, Robert Walters, stated that banks are positive about the UK now and are showing signs of commitment. They are looking for staff in specialised fields, such as investment management, cyber security, compliance and change management. There appears to be a great demand for specialists in these fields. 

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What are your options after you get your ACCA results?

April 18 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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For most students, passing the ACCA exams takes up a huge amount of their time and energy – but once the results are in, a whole new challenge begins.

Here’s our advice on what to do, whether you pass or not.

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Online business education guide launched for UK SMEs

April 12 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Business valuation expert Company Valuation Services (CVS) has launched an online guide to help UK businesses learn how to increase their potential.

The online guide offers expert advice and guidance for UK businesses to help them boost the value of their company in 12 months.

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MarketInvoice funding to UK businesses reaches record high

April 11 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Peer-to-peer invoice finance platform MarketInvoice funded a record £130 million of invoices in the first quarter of 2017, a 160 per cent rise from the first quarter of 2016.

The company also achieved a record high in March, with £54.7 million worth of invoices raised by businesses in the UK being funded.

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Research reveals investment needs of UK’s early-stage businesses

March 27 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Research from the UK Innovation Hub and Tech City UK has revealed what early-stage businesses believe are the most important factors for raising external finance.

The research found that start-ups believe that personal trust and chemistry is the most important factor, whilst access to a wide network of investments is also considered to be important, cited by three-fifths of respondents.

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New guide to degree apprenticeships published for employers

March 21 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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A new guide has been published for employers to help them receive information on degree apprenticeships.

The digital publication, A Guide to Degree Apprenticeships for Employers, was launched by careers advice company Prospects with the aim of providing employers with information and guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy, which is set to be introduced on 6th April 2017. 

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London remains top location for businesses, research shows

March 13 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Demand for office space in London has remained at a high despite the Brexit vote, according to data from online property search website Hubble.

The data showed that London is still an attractive place to do business, with many SMEs searching for office space in the city towards the end of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017.

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Tech City UK announces new businesses on Future Fifty Programme

February 24 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Tech City UK will be taking on 26 new technology companies for the latest intake of its Future Fifty Programme.

The programme will provide support for the new businesses, giving them access to expert-led workshops and classes as well as media coverage and peer networks.

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National Cyber Security Centre launched in UK

February 16 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The UK Government has launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of UK-based intelligence agency GCHQ.

It aims to provide the UK with protection from cyber threats and hackers, making it easier for people to do business online.

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SMEs continue to be confident about their future, research shows

February 10 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK and globally remain confident about the performance of their business in the future, according to the American Express Global SME Pulse.

The research surveyed SMEs across 15 countries. It found that 58 per cent of SMEs globally are expecting revenues to grow significantly over the next year. 

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Digital workshops to be held for small businesses

February 08 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Not-for-profit campaign Do It Digital will be holding a series of workshops over the next few months to help small businesses increase their digital and online activity.

The free workshops will be available to aspiring SMEs and entrepreneurs, including a live Twitter Q&A session for those unable to attend in person.

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BT launches pitching competition for UK SMEs

February 03 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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BT has launched a pitching competition to give SMEs in the UK the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.  

The BT SME Award 2017: Securing the Nation, which is part of the company’s BT Infinity Lab programme with TechHub, is aimed at security-focused SMEs.

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Facebook partners with Enterprise Nation to support female business owners

February 01 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Facebook has partnered up with Enterprise Nation in order to provide support to female business owners across the UK.

The partnership is part of Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness initiative. The initiative aims to provide 10,000 female business owners with training to help them to learn the digital skills that they need to boost their business. 

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Brexit could drive demand for financial education, research shows

January 26 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Over 60 per cent of employers in the UK believe that the impact that Brexit has on the UK’s economy could lead to more demand for financial education in the workplace, according to Nudge’s Financial education yearbook 2016/17 report.

The report surveyed over 300 employers and found that 32 per cent already provide their staff with financial education in the workplace, whilst 54 per cent are planning to introduce it or have already started introducing it.

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Financial advisors to launch private banking service for SMEs

January 25 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Financial advisors from international financial consultancy company deVere Group are to launch a private banking service for UK SMEs and international clients.

The creation of the bank, which will be called deVere Group Bank St Lucia, follows the company’s acquisition of private banking firm Arton Bank.

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