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Careers in Accountancy Conference Coming Up

November 30 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Careers in Accountancy Conference Coming Up

If you are considering accountancy as a career, you are more than welcome to LSBF’s PQ Conference on 23 January 2019!

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How to Become a Management Consultant

November 27 ,2018 | by Anisa Choudhary

How to Become a Management Consultant

Consultants are an integral part of the corporate world who bring business improvement, management modification, strategies related to information technology (IT) and long-term plans to the table. Consultancy is an umbrella term for a varied range of activities, of which management consultancy is a part.

If you want to become a management consultant, this blog will help you understand what is in store for you.

 

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An Introduction to Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions

October 29 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

An Introduction to Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions

You might have come across the terms private equity, mergers, and acquisitions.

These terms are usually categorised under the vast umbrella of investment capital, but what do they really mean and why are they considered important in today’s time? 

 

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Why choose a career in sales?

October 19 ,2018 | by Anisa Choudhary

Why choose a career in sales?

Sales has become an increasingly popular career path  in the last five years. As per statistics released by statista.com, the number of sales and marketing related professionals in the UK has gone up from 852,000 in 2011 to 934,000 in 2017. Since sales as a career is picking pace, more and more students are opting to pursue sales management professionally.

If you are interested in taking up sales as a career, here’s an insightful blog to help you decide.

 

 

 

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Trading and Investing

September 25 ,2018 | by Anisa Choudhary

Trading and Investing

There have been instances where people use the terms trading and investing interchangeably.

However, in reality, these terms are poles apart in what they mean and entail. If you want to acquire a deeper understanding of the two, read on to know how they are different.

 

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How to get into investment banking

September 19 ,2018 | by Anisa Choudhary

How to get into investment banking

Do you have an idea as to what Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Bank of America Corporation, and Morgan Stanley have in common?

They are the top investment banks in the world. So what exactly are investment banks and what do they do? Read on to get an idea.

 

 

 

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What is the importance of Financial Management?

September 07 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

What is the importance of Financial Management?

Financial management is one of the most important aspects in business. In order to start up or even run a successful business, you will need excellent knowledge in financial management.

So what exactly is this form of management and why is it important? Read on to find out more.

 

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#CareersInCharity: An Interview with Brigadier Robin Bacon (Retd.), Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

September 04 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

#CareersInCharity: An Interview with Brigadier Robin Bacon (Retd.), Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

As part of our #CareersInCharity series for International Day of Charity 2018, we spoke to Brigadier Robin Bacon about his work at ABF The Soldiers' Charity, what a career in the charity sector means to him, and how his MBA got him to where he is today.

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What should you know about Marketing Management?

August 28 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

What should you know about Marketing Management?

If you are creative and have a knack for business, you should think about taking up a career in marketing management. It is an exciting and dynamic career option that has recently been gaining prominence.

Read on to better understand what marketing management is all about.

 

 

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The Most Common Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

The Most Common Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

“The most successful entrepreneurs tend to start with a desire to solve an interesting problem – one that’s often driven by personal frustration.” - Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital.

The word entrepreneur originates from the French word ‘entreprendre’, which roughly translates into undertaking a task. An entrepreneur is an individual who starts and runs a business with limited resources and planning, and is responsible for all the risks and rewards of his or her business venture. 

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Competition from alternative lenders driving growth in business lending

Competition from alternative lenders driving growth in business lending

Competition from alternative lenders is driving banks to boost lending amounts for businesses, according to Conrad Ford, Chief Executive of SME finance aggregator Funding Options.

Barclays and NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland are among the banks that are boosting access to finance for SMEs.

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Finance professionals want clarity on Brexit, research shows

Finance professionals want clarity on Brexit, research shows

Research from finance and accounting recruitment firm Reed Accountancy & Finance has shown that businesses in the finance sector want clarity to be provided on the UK’s exit from the EU as concerns rise among their employees.

The study, which surveyed 800 finance professionals, showed that finance firms are calling for the government to focus on securing a free trade deal during Brexit negotiations, securing employment rights for employees, and keeping membership of the single market.

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Financial services helping to drive UK M&A activity, research shows

Financial services helping to drive UK M&A activity, research shows

Research from mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and debt advisory firm Livingstone Partners has shown that M&A activity targeting companies in the UK increased by 13% in the second quarter of the year, with financial services being one of the main drivers of growth.

The findings showed that the UK continues to lead the way for M&A in Europe, with a total of 355 deals taking place in Q2 2018.

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Report shows increase in demand for permanent finance workers

Report shows increase in demand for permanent finance workers

The latest IHS Markit jobs report has shown that there was an increase in job vacancies for permanent staff across the UK last month, with accounting and finance being among the sectors to see a rise in demand.

The report, which is sponsored by the Recruitment & Employment Federation (REC), analysed data from the Office for National Statistics and showed that job vacancies hit a record high of 824,000, with a year-on-year rise of 50% in the three months leading up to June.

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London’s economy continues to be buoyant, research shows

August 09 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

London’s economy continues to be buoyant, research shows

New research from think tank Centre for London has shown that the city continues to be buoyant, despite a slowdown in its population growth and political uncertainties caused by the UK’s exit from the EU.

The analysis was published in The London Intelligence, a quarterly publication that looks at key data in the city, including employment and economic data.

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Technology failures changing consumer attitudes in banking, study shows

Technology failures changing consumer attitudes in banking, study shows

A study from data analytics firm Consumer Intelligence has highlighted the impact of technology failures in banking, with more than 40% of consumers saying that they would be put off applying to a bank that has technical issues.

The research showed that technical problems such as security issues have led to consumers being more vigilant, with more than 45% saying that they have changed their behaviour.

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FCA announces consultation phase for global fintech sandbox

FCA announces consultation phase for global fintech sandbox

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced a consultation phase in its plan to create a global fintech sandbox.

The UK financial regulatory body announced plans for a global version of its domestic regulatory sandbox in February this year with the aim of tackling common cross-border issues and enabling financial technology firms to conduct tests in different countries concurrently.

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Fintech entrepreneurs contributing to rise in young millionaires, figures show

Fintech entrepreneurs contributing to rise in young millionaires, figures show

Data from HM Revenue and Customs, that was provided to financial advice firm Salisbury House Wealth, has shown that the number of millionaires aged under 30 is rising in the UK, with fintech entrepreneurs among those who are contributing to the increase.

The figures showed a 33% rise in the number of people under 30 earning an annual income of more than £1m over the past year.

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Digital-first banks leading the way for customer service, research shows

Digital-first banks leading the way for customer service, research shows

Research from FIS has shown that digital-first banks are outperforming the world’s top 50 banks when it comes to customer services such as security and privacy. 

The Performance Against Customer Expectations (PACE) study surveyed thousands of banking consumers from the UK, the US, Germany and India to identify the most important performance indicators in banking and to rank the performance of service providers against consumer expectations.

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University education could boost UK economy, according to research

August 07 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

University education could boost UK economy, according to research

A report from Universities UK, an advocacy organisation for universities in the UK, has highlighted the importance of university education and the continued upgrading of skills to the UK economy. 

The study, entitled Solving future skills challenges, showed that challenges, such as the UK’s exit from the EU and the rise of technologies such as artificial intelligence, are driving demand for higher skills.

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Contactless payments become top choice for UK adults, research shows

Contactless payments become top choice for UK adults, research shows

Research from comparison website GoCompare Money has shown that contactless payments have become the top choice for UK adults, with more than 75% using this method of payment in the past year. 

The study explored payment trends and found that UK adults now favour contactless payments over traditional payment methods, with more than 19 million people in the UK using contactless payments for purchases under £30.

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Barclays partners with MarketInvoice to boost access to finance

August 06 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Barclays partners with MarketInvoice to boost access to finance

Barclays has become the first high street bank to enter a partnership with leading financial technology firm MarketInvoice in a move that will help to change the way that small and medium-sized businesses in the UK manage their cash flow and accelerate growth.

The deal comes as part of the bank’s plans to invest in up-and-coming business models for growth and MarketInvoice’s aim to extend its services to business across the UK.

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London one of top locations for talented staff, research shows

August 06 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

London one of top locations for talented staff, research shows

Research from CV-Library has shown that London is one of the top cities in the UK for finding talented staff.

The UK job board compared data on its website from July 2018 with the same period last year and found that average growth in candidate interest in London increased by 13.9%.

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KPMG launches 2019 graduate recruitment scheme

August 06 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

KPMG launches 2019 graduate recruitment scheme

KPMG has launched its 2019 graduate scheme, with the Big Four accountancy firm looking for a more diverse talent pool.

The scheme, which will be recruiting for the firm’s audit, tax, pensions and legal services for September next year, is available to graduates with any degree, with job roles available across the UK.

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Digital transformation driving demand for new finance skills, research shows

Digital transformation driving demand for new finance skills, research shows

Research from finance and accountancy recruitment firm Robert Half has shown that digital transformation is driving demand for new skills in the finance sector.

The study surveyed almost 14,000 Chief Financial Officers across 14 countries, exploring hiring trends and career ambitions, and found that more than 40% of UK CFOs believe that more focus is being placed on skills such as data analysis as digital transformation becomes a priority for businesses.

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