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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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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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UK SMEs positive about growth, research shows

August 03 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

UK SMEs positive about growth, research shows

Research from Wesleyan Bank has shown that UK SMEs are feeling positive about their future, with nearly two-thirds expecting growth of up to 40% over the next couple of years.

The bank’s annual “SME Heroes or Zeros” report surveyed more than 500 business owners and found that over 50% have more confidence over their company’s growth prospects than they did last year, while just 11% are concerned about the impact that the UK’s exit from the EU will have on their business.

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Lloyds Bank barometer shows rise in London business confidence

August 01 ,2018 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Lloyds Bank barometer shows rise in London business confidence

Research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has shown that business confidence in London increased in July, rising by 7 points to 47% after dipping in June.

The bank’s latest Business Barometer, which surveys 1,300 businesses each month and explores economic trends regionally and nationwide, found that businesses were feeling confident about their prospects and the wider economy.

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Access to finance a key factor for launching a business

Access to finance a key factor for launching a business

Research commissioned by the International Business Festival has found that access to finance is one of the biggest factors behind SMEs launching a new business.

The study, which was carried out by business research agency Coleman Parkes, surveyed 500 UK-based owners, directors and senior managers of SMEs with 9-100 employees, exploring topics such as access to finance, business confidence and generating ideas.

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Finance organisations commit to improving BAME representation

Finance organisations commit to improving BAME representation

Finance firms have committed to boosting their support for Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) employees.

The Bank of England and HSBC are among the firms that have signed up for the Investing in the Ethnicity and Race Initiative, which was launched in 2017 by Labour MP Dawn Butler and diversity and inclusion specialists SPM Group, with the aim of improving the representation of BAME employees.

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UK SMEs feeling positive about post-Brexit future, survey shows

UK SMEs feeling positive about post-Brexit future, survey shows

Research from OCO Global found that SMEs are feeling optimistic about their future, with more than 30% believing that the UK’s exit from the EU will have a positive impact on their business.

The business management consultant’s SME Brexit Survey showed that businesses in London are feeling the most optimistic, with 50% believing that Brexit will have a positive impact, a higher percentage than in many other regions in the UK.

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Research shows strong economic growth in London

Research shows strong economic growth in London

Research collected by Instant Offices has shown that London’s economy has strengthened over the past ten years, with financial and insurance being among the sectors that have helped to drive growth.

The office space provider gathered data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Greater London Authority to highlight growth trends in London and the rest of the UK.

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Facebook aiming to boost UK economy with new London office

Facebook aiming to boost UK economy with new London office

Facebook plans to open a new office in London as part of the social networking company’s plans to grow its business and boost the UK economy.

The company’s new office will span two buildings in London’s King Cross, taking up nearly 600,000 square feet of space and providing enough room for over 6,000 workstations.

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UK businesses feeling confident despite Brexit uncertainties, data shows

UK businesses feeling confident despite Brexit uncertainties, data shows

The latest job market data from CV-Library has shown that businesses across the UK are feeling confident, despite the ongoing economic uncertainties caused by Brexit.

The UK job board compared data from Q2 2018 with the same period in 2017 and found that jobs in the UK increased by 11.6% in the second quarter of 2018, suggesting that firms continued to feel confident about their recruitment plans.

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British Business Bank reports increase in finance supply to businesses

British Business Bank reports increase in finance supply to businesses

Figures from the UK’s national economic development bank, the British Business Bank, have shown an increase in the bank’s supply of finance to smaller businesses.

The bank’s Annual Reports and Accounts for 2017/18 showed that the total amount of finance provided through its programmes has reached £12.25bn, a rise of 33% over the last financial year.

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Employment rate reaches record high, ONS figures show

Employment rate reaches record high, ONS figures show

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the UK’s employment rate has reached a record high of 75.7%, up from 74.9% a year earlier.

The number of people in employment reached 32.40 million, 137,000 more than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 388,000 more than the previous year.

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Financial services and banking among industries with happiest workers

Financial services and banking among industries with happiest workers

A study from workplace help platform Rungway has identified which industries in the UK have the happiest workers, with financial services and banking making the list.

The study surveyed 2,000 employees in Britain to find out how happy they are in their job role. The figures showed that while 40% of UK workers are satisfied with their job, there is room for improvement.

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Financial services helping to boost SME economy, research shows

Financial services helping to boost SME economy, research shows

Research from Amazon has shown that financial services are among the sectors that are leading the SME economy, with small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector seeing a 1.7% increase in revenues over the past year.

The Q2 2018 Amazon SME Growth Tracker from Capital Economics, which was commissioned by Amazon UK and Enterprise Nation, analysed the growth prospects and views on the wider UK economy from SMEs using data from a survey of more than 1,000 UK SMEs.

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Financial services making significant contribution to society, research shows

Financial services making significant contribution to society, research shows

Research from the City of London’s governing body, the City of London Corporation, has shown that the UK’s financial and professional services sector is making a significant contribution to society.

The sector was found to be making contributions through volunteering, charity donations and funding, with education and economic development being among the supported causes.

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UK adults want real-time interaction with banks, survey shows

UK adults want real-time interaction with banks, survey shows

A survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of mobile payment services firm Ondot has highlighted a demand for real-time interaction with banks among UK consumers.

The study revealed what consumers want the most from their bank, with 60% citing peace of mind when using their card online and 25% wanting their transaction alerts to be displayed in real time.

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UK business confidence reaches two-year high, research shows

UK business confidence reaches two-year high, research shows

Research from Lloyds Bank has shown that business confidence in the UK has reached its highest since the EU referendum in 2016.

The Business in Britain report surveyed more than 1,500 UK businesses, mostly small and medium-sized firms, to measure confidence and outlook and found that 25% were feeling confident about their expected sales, orders and profits over the next six months, up from 23% in January 2018.

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UK returns to top spot for venture capital investment

UK returns to top spot for venture capital investment

A report from KPMG has shown that the UK has once again taken the top spot for venture capital (VC) investment in Europe.

The Big Four accountancy firm’s Venture Pulse Q2 2018, which explores global trends in the VC market, showed that £1.55bn was invested in businesses in the UK across 244 deals in the second quarter of 2018, up from just over £1.1m in the first quarter.

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UK remains top location in Europe for financial services investment

UK remains top location in Europe for financial services investment

A report from EY has shown that the UK continues to be the leading destination in Europe for financial services investment.

The Big Four accountancy firm’s UK Attractiveness Report showed that while there has been a decline in investment projects since last year as a result of Brexit, the UK still brought in a higher number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects than any other country in Europe, with 78 projects being registered.

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Infrastructure spending could boost UK economy by £33bn

Infrastructure spending could boost UK economy by £33bn

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is urging the government to increase spending in national infrastructure after research commissioned by City Hall found that investment in infrastructure schemes could help to boost the UK economy by £33bn.

The report, which was carried out by consultancy firm Greenwood Strategic Advisors and entitled Mind the Gap: Funding and Financing City Investments in the 21st Century, analysed a number of schemes, exploring how London responds to public investments.

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UK businesses feeling confident about performance, report shows

UK businesses feeling confident about performance, report shows

The latest Business Trends Report by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has shown that businesses in the UK are feeling confident about their performance over the next six months, despite a drop in output growth.

BDO’s Optimism Index showed what businesses expect in terms of output development over the next six months, with optimism hitting 101.85 in June, up from 101.74 in May and higher than the long-term trend.

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Finance sector jobs thriving across UK, report shows

Finance sector jobs thriving across UK, report shows

A report from financial and related professional services membership body TheCityUK has shown that the financial services sector is thriving, with many areas of the UK seeing job growth.

The report, entitled “Enabling Growth across the UK 2018”, highlighted the importance of financial and related professional services to the UK, with the sector making a significant contribution to economic output and employment across all regions.

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Demand for financial services drives UK service sector growth

Demand for financial services drives UK service sector growth

A report from IHS Markit has shown that the UK’s services sector saw an increase in activity in June, with demand for financial services being one of the main drivers of growth.

The financial services firm’s Purchasing Managers’ Index increased to 55.1 last month, up from 54 in May, with activity in the UK’s services sector growing at its fastest rate since October 2017. The increase was higher than expected, with analysts predicting that the index would remain at 54.

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Boosting wellbeing of self-employed workers will benefit UK economy

Boosting wellbeing of self-employed workers will benefit UK economy

A report from the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) has highlighted the importance of improving the wellbeing of self-employed workers.

The report, which is entitled “The Way to Wellbeing” and was released on National Freelancers Day, shows how boosting the happiness and wellbeing of self-employed workers can help to improve business performance and benefit the UK economy.

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