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UK named one of the most attractive places for work

February 17 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

The UK has been named one of the most attractive places for work in a new study from human resources management software company ADP.

The Workforce View in Europe 2017 report surveyed over 9,900 employees from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Switzerland, exploring their attitudes on the future of work and offering insights into issues such as skills, career development, international talent, wellbeing, workplace technology and employee engagement.

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Royal Bank of Scotland launches loan service for SMEs

February 16 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to launch a digital site that will offer business loans to small and medium-sized businesses within hours.

The site, which is named “Esme”, was developed by RBS’s in-house innovation lab and is being launched under the NatWest brand.

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Manchester and London among the most influential cities in Europe

February 16 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Manchester and London have been featured in a list of the most influential cities in Europe in research from commercial real estate company Colliers International.

The Cities of Influence report looked at talent, location, affordability and low costs to find the top 20 most influential cities in Europe, with Manchester and London being the only two English cities to make the list. 

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National Cyber Security Centre launched in UK

February 16 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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From Singapore to the PQ Awards: meet Newly-Qualified (NQ) Accountant of the Year finalist Archana Bharathan

February 15 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

LSBF in Singapore’s alumna Archana Bharathan shortlisted in the Newly-Qualified (NQ) Accountant of the Year at the PQ Awards 2017.

After a remarkable 2016, LSBF in Singapore looks forward to another year of achievements, hoping to come out on top of two categories at the PQ Awards 2017.

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Brexit will increase demand for accountants, according to research

February 15 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Brexit will increase demand for accountants, according to a poll from YouGov commissioned by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The survey, which looked at the attitudes of MPs, found that over 45 per cent believe that the UK’s exit from the EU will have a positive impact on the accountancy profession, as accountants will be able to provide advice to clients on the financial implications of the vote.

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Government searching for UK’s first commissioner to help small businesses

February 14 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

The Government is searching for the UK’s first small business commissioner to act as a “national champion for small businesses.”

Applications for the role are now open, and the Government is searching for candidates that will be able to provide the support that small businesses need in order to thrive. 

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10 jokes only an accountant could understand

February 13 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

A lot of people think having a job focused on numbers means that you must not have a good sense of humour. However, any accountant will prove you wrong!

Here are our top ten jokes about finance and accountancy.

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Specialist lender closes its first fund for UK SMEs

February 13 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

A lender that specialises in providing debt and equity capital to small and medium-sized businesses has closed its first fund for UK SMEs.

Beechbrook Capital has raised £150 million for the Beechbrook Capital UK SME Credit I fund, with the fund being supported by investors from the UK, continental Europe and America, and the final close being backed by new and existing investors.

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SMEs continue to be confident about their future, research shows

February 10 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Programme launched to show that London is open for business

February 09 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is to launch a programme to show that London is the best place to do business.

The “London Is Open” programme aims to show that London is continuing to welcome people that are looking to work, study or visit the city.

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Birmingham most entrepreneurial city outside London, says research

February 08 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

Birmingham has been revealed to be the most entrepreneurial city in the UK outside London in new research by the Start Up Loans Company.

The survey revealed the areas that secured the most funding from the Start Up Loans Company last year, with Birmingham securing over £2 million, up by 39 per cent on 2015. This was followed by Cornwall, which secured £1.3 million.

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Digital workshops to be held for small businesses

February 08 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Accountancy speed is top priority for SMEs, research shows

February 07 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

A new survey from business software provider Exact has identified the top demands from SMEs when it comes to accountants, with speed being revealed to be the main priority.

The study, which surveyed 2,500 SMEs and accountants, also found that SMEs are twice as happy with using an accountant that is tech-savvy.

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BusinessCloud searching for UK’s top 150 tech start-ups

February 06 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Tech website and quarterly magazine BusinessCloud is searching for the top 150 tech start-ups in the UK.

Nominations are now being accepted, with at least 12 start-ups to be selected from each UK region.

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January sees job application and salary increase, research shows

February 05 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Job applications and salaries were up last month, with an increase of 55 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, according to data from CV-Library.

The research also showed a significant increase in job growth, with the number of jobs rising by 38 per cent month-on-month and 5.1 per cent year-on-year. 

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BT launches pitching competition for UK SMEs

February 03 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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HMRC releases further information on digitising tax

February 02 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Following consultations with the business community, HM Revenue & Customs has released further information on their Making Tax Digital initiative.

HMRC received over 3,000 replies from the consultations.

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New mobile banking app launched for SMEs

February 02 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

A new mobile banking app designed to meet the needs of small businesses has been launched by UK-based mobile banking company Tide.

Tide, which is one of the world’s first mobile banking services for SMEs, enables users to quickly set up a business account.

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Guide to help businesses avoid late payments published

February 01 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Guidance to help large businesses improve their payment practices and pay their suppliers on time has been published.

The guide comes after research from payment processor BACS found that almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have problems with late payments, with over £26 billion being owed to them.

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£1 million funding available to UK entrepreneurs

February 01 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

Entrepreneurs in the UK can take part in a global competition to win a share of £1 million equity-free funding for their business.

Business people who are selected for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition will be competing against entrepreneurs from the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Israel, India and Japan.

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Facebook partners with Enterprise Nation to support female business owners

February 01 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Research shows increase in highly paid part-time jobs

January 31 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

There has been an increase in the number of part-time roles paying more than £40,000 a year, with a rise of 5.7 per cent in the past year, according to research from flexible working group Timewise.

The research found that over 770,000 people on a higher salary now work part-time and also showed that the traditional nine-to-five structure is changing as more businesses consider using job shares. 

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New enterprise zone could boost economy by £589 million

January 30 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

A new enterprise zone that will be based in the West Midlands could help to boost the local economy by £589 million.

DY5 - Dudley's Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone, which will be located in Brierley Hill in Dudley, is also expected to create thousands of new jobs across the country.

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Small businesses to benefit from new banking scheme

January 27 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Over 40 banks and building societies in the UK have signed a deal with the Post Office to provide personal customers and small businesses with easier access to banking services.

The new scheme will benefit 99 per cent of personal banking customers and over 75 per cent of business customers in the UK by providing a more simplified service.

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