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Twitter founder’s startup set to offer financial support for small businesses

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s payment platform startup Square has announced that it plans to start a credit service to give small firms and businesses, and SMEs in general, a boost.

The past few years have seen an explosion in alternative finance. As firms have been forced to look away from banks and traditional lenders for credit, the likes of crowdfunding and venture capital have shot up in popularity.

Now, mobile payments platform Square has announced it plans to start offering its own small credit service.

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LSBF Student Interview: David Taylor

May 29 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Continuing with our LSBF Alumni series, we spoke with LSBF ACCA Online student David Taylor.

David ,26, lives in Glasgow. After leaving school at the age of 16 he made the decision to go straight into full-time work as an accountant, planning to return to higher education at a later point in his career.

After finding himself with less and less time to spend in the classroom, he looked for study alternatives, discovering the perfect solution in LSBF’s online courses. These programmes, delivered entirely online, offered him the flexibility he needed during a particularly busy time in his life.

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More jobs for UK graduates prompts rise in hiring

Vacancies for graduates in the UK are increasing, figures show, prompting an uptick in hires.

The past few years have been tough for graduates seeking their first roles after university. An increase in the number of people pursuing further study and an economic downturn that put businesses off hiring new staff has kept competition fierce, though it varies from sector to sector.

But figures released on 28 May show that hiring intentions are finally increasing for graduates.

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Regional SMEs close to matching London growth

Small businesses across the country are getting close to growth rates seen in London.

Businesses in the UK have often said that they are concerned about the dominance of London when it comes to economic growth.

But while companies in the capital remain ahead overall, a report in the Telegraph shows that some smaller businesses across all regions are not far behind London firms’ success.

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LSBF Alumni Interview: Christiaan Heemskerk

May 28 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Christiaan Heemskerk graduated from LSBF in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Marketing. Using the knowledge gained from his time at LSBF of the most up-to-date theories in Digital Marketing, he secured his current position as Agency Acquisition Manager at Google European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

Studying at LSBF allowed Christiaan to not only gain valuable theoretical insight but also ensured attain practical implementation of course knowledge. The forward-looking nature of LSBF’s Marketing postgraduate programme gave him the upper hand he needed to outdo his competitors in the job market and step into his new role.

Here’s an excerpt from our chat with Christiaan…

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Lloyds Bank confirms TSB IPO float on London Stock Exchange

May 28 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed that it will be selling off a 25 per cent stake in TSB next month.

The London Stock Exchange has seen a flurry of flotations recently, but the latest company to have announced its intention to list is set to be one of the most closely watched this year.

To comply with the divestment that was mandated by the European Union, Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed that it is planning to sell the first round of shares in TSB next month.

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UK plans opening business centres across Pakistan

May 28 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has announced its plan to open a series of business centres across Pakistan in a bid to encourage trade.

The government has been trying to rebalance the UK economy in favour of manufacturing and exports to kickstart a fresh period of economic growth. Now, the body set up to encourage greater trade with foreign markets has taken another step towards closer trading links between the UK and Pakistan.

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LSBF Alumni Interview: Rotimi Oke

May 27 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

As part of our ‘LSBF Alumni’ series, we spoke with LSBF graduate Rotimi Oke.

After finishing his GGSB Masters in International Business (MIB) at LSBF in 2011, Rotimi used his business management and networking skills to become Managing Director of Iretidu Limited, a Nigerian investment holding company with operations across a wide range of sectors, covering from IT to Real Estate.

While at LSBF, he made the most of the wide range of career support and maximised his time in a multicultural environment to make numerous contacts and pursue business ideas.

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Spain and Greece get higher credit ratings

May 27 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Spain and Greece were among the eurozone countries that suffered the most during the recession. Both have had their credit ratings raised last week.

The past few years have seen many European economies take serious hits as a result of the economic downturn. But for Spain and Greece, news emerged on 23 May that may give their slow recoveries a much-needed boost – both have had their credit ratings upgraded.

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EU and US restart talks for transatlantic trade deal

May 27 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

European Union (EU) and United States (US) officials are involved in a new round of talks to establish a huge new trade deal. After remarkable results in the latest European Parliament elections, what will this mean for businesses?

This week has seen the launch of a new wave of talks to create the biggest trade deal in history. Officials from the world’s two most developed economies, US and EU, are coming together to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Both governments claim that TTIP would lead to huge economic benefits for each side. So what is this vast agreement and where could it lead?

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Video: LSBF Trading & Financial Market Analysis Week in London

May 23 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Last month, classrooms at LSBF’s London City Campus were converted into a trading floor as students in the GGSB MSc in Finance programme took part in the Trading & Financial Market Analysis week 2014, a practical experience in trading and risk management.

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Video: LSBF Student President Meets HND Creative Arts Students at LCCA

May 23 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

The President of the LSBF Student Association paid a visit to the London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA) campus, where he met with students  in the HND (Higher National Diploma) Creative Arts course.

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Big firms flock to be listed in London's stock exchanges

May 23 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

A raft of companies have announced plans to list in London over the past few days and weeks.

London has been a global financial centre for centuries, but the past few weeks have seen its status cemented as a wave of companies have announced that they plan to pursue initial public offerings (IPO) on London’s stock exchanges.

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LSBF Student Progression and Retention Rates Exceed Sector Average

May 22 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

As a centre of education excellence, LSBF strives to provide students with first-class experience and academic development.  Reflecting those efforts, the latest figures collated by the School’s exams and assessment office show that postgraduate and undergraduate students’ progression and retention rates at LSBF are higher than some of the national average public sector figures.

According to the data, across all undergraduate programmes, LSBF maintained a progression rate of 82%, with some courses such as the Bachelors in Business Management achieving up to 93% of progression. At postgraduate level, Masters programmes offered at LSBF have achieved an average progression rate of 80%, with the MSc Finance achieving between 94% to 100% progression.

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World Cup 2014: How can Small Businesses make the most of it?

Strict licensing rules may be in place, but small and medium enterprises (SME) can still use the World Cup as a major opportunity.

It’s one of the biggest sporting events on earth, but although it arrives only once every four years, many smaller businesses tend to dread the Fifa World Cup.

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eBay hacked, urges 128 million active users to change passwords

E-commerce giant eBay has had to ask 128 million active users to change their passwords after it emerged that it had fallen victim to a cyber attack and its database had been compromised.

Since it emerged that many of the web’s biggest sites had been hit by the Heartbleed bug, potentially compromising a vast amount of personal data, web users have been even more concerned about where the next big data breach was coming from.

But on 21 May, eBay admitted that not even the e-commerce giant itself was immune, after it emerged that one of its databases was compromised during late February and early March.

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Burberry continues global expansion with focus on Japanese growth

May 21 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

After a strong set of financial results, Burberry has announced that it plans to continue focusing on achieving growth in Japan.

Burberry has become one of Britain’s most recognisable luxury brands in markets around the world. But now that it has put a troubling few years behind it with strong financial results, it plans to continue seeking out overseas growth.

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New watchdog will monitor banking standards in the UK

A new body – Banking Standards Review Council (BSRC) – will monitor standards in the UK banking industry, it has been announced after Sir Richard Lambert’s report.

The past few years have been difficult to say the least for the banking industry. With the Libor-fixing scandal, mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) on loans, million-pound bonuses and the headlines that came out of the credit crunch, public trust in banks has slumped and it is agreed by the majority that something has to change.

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London Stock Exchange could buy Russell Investments in $3 billion deal

May 20 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) could be set to buy Russell Investments in a deal worth as much as $3 billion – the biggest in the exchange’s history.

Few entities have had as much significance in global finance as LSE, which has played a central role in money markets for more than two centuries. But today it has announced its intentions to stay at the forefront of global finance, after entering into $3 billion talks to acquire Russell Investments.

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AstraZeneca rejects ‘final offer’ for takeover by Pfizer

May 19 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

AstraZeneca has rejected what Pfizer says is its “final offer” in their ongoing talks to acquire the UK firm. What next?

AstraZeneca and Pfizer have been trapped in a stalemate for the past couple of weeks over the US pharmaceutical firm’s bid to acquire its Anglo-Swedish rival. But it seems the UK firm is determined to remain independent, having confirmed that it has formally rejected Pfizer’s final proposal for acquisition.

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Microsoft accelerator network to support promising startups gathers pace

Microsoft has established a huge accelerator programme to give promising new firms a headstart.

In the last few years the tech industry has been dominated by acquisitions. In the past few months Facebook has acquired WhatsApp and Oculus, Yahoo has been on a spending spree since Marissa Meyer took over and Googleapparently spent $17 billion in the two years to January – a figure which seemed huge until the WhatsApp deal.

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Retailers Carphone Warehouse and Dixons confirm £3.7 billion merger

May 16 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are to merge in a multi-billion pound deal, they have confirmed.

Two of Britain’s biggest retailers are planning a massive all-share merger valued at more than £3.7 billion. Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail have confirmed that they plan to establish a combined group known as Dixons Carphone PLC that will be equally owned by the shareholders of each of the two companies.

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1-in-5 UK graduates become millionaires, ONS study shows

May 16 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Around a fifth of everyone who receives university education become millionaires, according to new figures.

When students decide to go to university, the chance to earn a higher salary thanks to their qualifications is often a big part of the appeal. But over the course of post-university life, the wealth earned from a degree might be more than they had expected.

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VIDEO: 'Great Minds' Series - Nomura Bank’s Managing Director Speaks on Investment Banking

May 15 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Students aiming to work in investment banking have to start planning their entry into the industry early – that’s the secret to a successful career according to Guy Hayward-Cole, Managing Director EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions at Nomura Bank International.

We recently spoke to him as part of the LSBF ‘Great Minds’ series during a visit to the school’s new London City Campus, in Billiter Street. Watch our interview of Mr Hayward-Cole here.

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Twitter gears up to play a bigger political role in Latin America

Brazil’s elections are looming, and Twitter is using the opportunity to increase its foothold in Latin America through the power of social media.

From the Arab Spring to the Grant Shapps bingo controversy to John McCain flirting with the cast of Jersey Shore, Twitter holds a special place in the political landscape of many countries.

Not only can it work against parties and politicians if they tweet a serious faux pas, but it can also be a powerful tool for communication and engagement.

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