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The FinTech industry and its continual rise

April 22 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

The FinTech industry and its continual rise

The financial technology sector is continuing to attract large amounts of investment well into 2015.

In 2014, the FinTech industry attracted more than $12 billion in investment. Today, the appetite for FinTech startups among venture capital funds continues to grow.

Europe enjoyed the most impressive growth rate, with FinTech investment rising 215 per cent to $1.48 billion in 2014, according to Accenture. Of all European countries it was the UK and Ireland that excelled, accounting for 42 per cent of European investment in the sector.

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How mobiles have changed the way businesses interact with customers

How mobiles have changed the way businesses interact with customers

Mobile devices have altered the way consumers browse, shop and make payments. At almost every level, the interaction between businesses and customers is changing.

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What creates job satisfaction?

April 20 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

What creates job satisfaction?

We spend most of our adult life at work, and being happy in our jobs can have a big impact on how we feel. We investigate job satisfaction, and what companies can do to improve employees’ happiness.

A list compiled by Best Companies, an organisation that specialises in compiling yearly employee engagement surveys, has outlined the ‘best UK companies to work for’ in 2015. They are separated into not for profit companies, small companies, medium companies, big companies and housing associations.

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Big data: changing the way businesses are run

Big data: changing the way businesses are run

We explore the values of big data and how they are shaping the manner in which companies work.

Businesses have been harnessing the power of data for decades, deriving value from sets of numbers, statistics, and information. However, the demand for more in-depth and better real-time data has seen the rise of big data and the various ways in which companies can utilise it.

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Investment in emerging market startups continues to grow

April 16 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Investment in emerging market startups continues to grow

Startups in developing economies witness growing investment as evidence supporting the value of SMEs emerges.

The lifecycle of startups can be cut short in the early stages due to limited access to funds. This is a problem that many budding businesses in emerging markets have encountered. However, this capital chasm is being bridged by a number of accelerators and seed funds who have recognised the potential that emerging market startups hold.

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Hiring from other sectors could improve gender equality in tech

April 16 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Hiring from other sectors could improve gender equality in tech

With Google hiring former Wall Street executive Ruth Porat as its new CFO, the issue of gender equality in tech has come to the fore again.

Ms Porat will be the highest ranking woman at Google, helping to solve the issue of a male-dominated workforce.

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Emerging markets lead green energy charge

April 15 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Emerging markets lead green energy charge

Recently released figures are proving that the global pursuit to utilise sustainable energy is being led by emerging markets.

Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impacts their country, economy, and businesses are having on the world, sustainable energy is widely thought to be most prevalent in the developed world. However, it seems that developing countries are becoming real pioneers of the revolution.

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Should companies do more to help entry-level workers’ education?

April 13 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Should companies do more to help entry-level workers’ education?

Adding to the executive education funds provided by several companies, we explore if employers offering educational sponsorships to entry-level employees would be beneficial.

Following Starbucks and McDonald’s announcements in the past month stating that educational funding for employees would now be extended to cover four years of education, it may be worth looking at whether employees and organisations could benefit from encouraging entry-level workers to study.

 

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The future of work: what can we expect?

April 13 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

The future of work: what can we expect?

What will the future hold for the way in which we work?

The expected output of work, the dynamics of an office environment, and the technology we utilise are a variety of variables that could very well dictate the way we work in the future.

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Bridging the economic North/South divide in the UK

April 09 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

Bridging the economic North/South divide in the UK

Steps could be taken to narrow the gap between the economies of the North and the South of England.

The divide between the North and the South is not an exact line, but one that was once based largely in cultural differences. In more recent times, a lot of attention has been paid to the gap between the economies of these two different regions, which dramatically widened over the past decade.

 

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SMEs can help tackle youth unemployment, says CIPD

April 08 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

SMEs can help tackle youth unemployment, says CIPD

According to CIPD’s recent research into young people and the workplace, SMEs can help overcome youth unemployment in Britain.

Over the last three years, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have been collating information to establish the levels of employer engagement with young people – those aged 16 to 24. The Learning to Work survey report has been created with a particular focus on the recruitment of young people and the types of programmes offered to them by organisations.

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GoDaddy raises $460m as IPO exceeds market expectations

April 07 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

GoDaddy raises $460m as IPO exceeds market expectations

Web hosting company GoDaddy has enjoyed an extremely successful debut on the stock market.

GoDaddy’s initial public offering (IPO) not only exceeded analysts’ expectations, but performed better than it had anticipated. The technology provider to small businesses priced its shares at $20 each, higher than the estimated range of $17 to $19.

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UN report shows green energy investments rose 17% last year

UN report shows green energy investments rose 17% last year

Global investments in green energy surged by 17 per cent in 2014 to $270 billion.

The world witnessed a strong rebound in global green energy investment last year, despite the price of crude oil sharply declining from mid to late 2014, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

It was the first annual increase in dollars invested in and committed to renewables (excluding large hydro-electric projects) in the last three years, as total investment grew by 17 per cent to $270 billion.

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£10 million funding to boost tourism in the North of England

April 02 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

£10 million funding to boost tourism in the North of England

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid have announced a £10 million fund to boost tourism in the North of England.

The fund will go towards a new initiative that will see tourism bodies, such as ‘Cumbria Tourism’ and ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’, work together to attract overseas visitors to the North.

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Economic growth predictions revised higher in UK

April 02 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Economic growth predictions revised higher in UK

Final figures for 2014 show the UK’s economy expanded faster than initially estimated.

Figures showing activity for the last quarter expanded at 0.6 per cent instead of 0.5 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Furthermore, the unexpected revision also increased growth for the whole year, which rose from 2.6 per cent to 2.8 per cent - the highest annual growth rate since 2006.

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UK pension reforms: what are their potential impacts?

April 01 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

UK pension reforms: what are their potential impacts?

On Monday 6 April, new rules will come into place that will allow pensioners full access to their retirement funds. But what could this mean in practice?

From the beginning of next week, people drawing a pension will not have to take an annuity, but instead can decide how much they want to take out of their pension and when.

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March news round-up

April 01 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

March news round-up

Welcome to this month’s news round-up of all the major stories that have kept us talking this March.

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Santander backs mobile payments start-up MyCheck

Santander backs mobile payments start-up MyCheck

Mobile payments start-up, MyCheck, secures $5 million in Series B funding led by Santander.

MyCheck, the mobile payments service, completed its second round of funding, resulting in $5 million of investment for the start-up. 

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New survey shows rising optimism in UK financial services

March 31 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

New survey shows rising optimism in UK financial services

Survey illustrates that optimism in UK financial services is on the up.

Financial firms in the UK are becoming more optimistic, according to a recent CBI/PwC survey. 

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New research could affect which jobs applicants apply for

March 31 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

New research could affect which jobs applicants apply for

Job seekers can now get an insight into individual companies before deciding to work for them thanks to new research and an innovative online tool created by Emolument.

Emolument Employer is a new service allowing individuals to access accurate pay data, including average salary details for a range of positions across a wide number of notable employers.

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TV show to follow young tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

TV show to follow young tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Channel 4 show ‘How to be a Young Billionaire’ will follow three young entrepreneurs attempting to make their multi-billion pound start-up dreams come true in Silicon Valley.

The three entrepreneurs on How to be a Young Billionaire - Josh, Julia, and Robyn - are all in their twenties, with big ambitions. Josh is working on a game, but needs an investment of $5m to complete it; Julia has created an app for teenagers to share secrets and wants to grow her user base; and Robyn is attempting to move her lesbian dating venture to the USA.

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New tech funding to boost startups in the North

New tech funding to boost startups in the North

UK chancellor George Osborne’s £11 million budget pledge will support new technology companies in the north of England.

The budget investment pledge for incubators is a welcome investment for startups in places like Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield, which have seen huge rates of growth in the technology sector.

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One million homes could soon access newfound renewable heat

March 30 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

One million homes could soon access newfound renewable heat

An interactive map has revealed previously hidden locations of renewable water source heat which could soon be heating up to one million homes across England.

The innovative Water Source Heat Map has revealed secret energy in over 4,000 rivers, estuaries, canals and coastal sites across the country. Together, these sources could provide over six gigawatts of low-carbon heat to homes and business premises across the country.

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Accenture report shows Fintech investment tripled in 2014

March 27 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Accenture report shows Fintech investment tripled in 2014

Investment in financial technology companies has trebled last year.

The digital revolution in financial services is picking up steam, according to a report from Accenture. Global investment in financial technology businesses tripled to more than $12.2 billion in 2014, up from a little over $4 billion in 2013.

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Food companies Heinz and Kraft set to merge

March 27 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Food companies Heinz and Kraft set to merge

Two global food companies, Kraft and Heinz, are set to merge to create the world’s fifth largest food group.

Kraft’s share price surged after a deal was announced for the group to merge with food giant, Heinz, in a move worth $46 billion that will create the third-largest food and drinks company in the US and the fifth largest in the whole world.

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