LSBF Blog - Global Matters
Business valuation expert Company Valuation Services (CVS) has launched an online guide to help UK businesses learn how to increase their potential.
The online guide offers expert advice and guidance for UK businesses to help them boost the value of their company in 12 months.Read more >>
London has been named as the world’s strongest fintech hub in a report from professional services and Big Four company Deloitte and trade body Innovate Finance.
The Connecting Global Fintech Hub Review 2017 analysed 44 fintech centres worldwide on factors such as technical expertise, regulatory framework and government support, with London scoring highly in all of the areas.Read more >>
A report from Market Finance Solutions has shown that investors in the UK are forging ahead with their investment plans despite Brexit.
Out of the 1,000 investors who were surveyed, 37 per cent believe that the upcoming Brexit negotiations will provide a good opportunity for short-term investment.Read more >>
Peer-to-peer invoice finance platform MarketInvoice funded a record £130 million of invoices in the first quarter of 2017, a 160 per cent rise from the first quarter of 2016.
The company also achieved a record high in March, with £54.7 million worth of invoices raised by businesses in the UK being funded.Read more >>
SMEs and mid-market businesses in the UK are feeling more ambitious than they did a year ago, according to the Ambition Index Report, which was produced by Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.
The report, which revealed how businesses are feeling about ambition, talent, Brexit and the challenges that they are facing, found that 45 per cent of businesses are feeling ambitious, despite concerns over Brexit, Article 50 and a weaker pound.Read more >>
Tech companies in the UK have more than doubled since the Brexit vote, an analysis of data from Companies House has shown.
The data showed that the number of tech companies in the UK increased from 2,325 to 5,995 in the eight months following the EU referendum.Read more >>
The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has released a survey showing that London’s businesses are expecting a better outlook for their companies.
The research, which surveyed 500 businesses, demonstrated that respondents are feeling positive about their turnover and that confidence rose in the first quarter of the year.Read more >>
Amazon has announced that it will be launching its Amazon Business service for UK businesses of any size.
The service will be available to sole traders, small businesses, and larger companies.Read more >>
Entrepreneurs have revealed the top benefits of remote working in new research from insurance company Direct Line.
The research revealed the best places for small business owners to work, with coffee shops being named as the top choice, cited by 27 per cent of respondents.Read more >>
Over three quarters of young people believe that apprenticeships help to improve skills and boost their career prospects, according to youth charity YMCA’s Work in Progress report.
The report, which has been released ahead of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, also found that four in five young people would recommend taking an apprenticeship.Read more >>
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK have increased their growth projections, according to a report from Capital Economics for Amazon and entrepreneur network Enterprise Nation.
The report showed that the UK’s SMEs are now predicting a 2.3 per cent growth in revenue in the next 12 months, with small businesses in the financial services sector being found to be the most positive, predicting a growth of 3.1 per cent over the next year.Read more >>
Businesses need to take action to help tackle the gender pay gap, according to Young Women’s Trust.
The charity, which provides support for women aged 16 to 30 who are on low or no income, is calling for more support as new reporting requirements are set to be put into action this week.Read more >>
Research from Accenture has shown that investments in UK insurtech more than doubled in 2016, reaching the highest in Europe at nearly £15 million.
The number of deals across technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) make up nearly half of the total investment in insurtech, increasing by 79 per cent last year.Read more >>
New research from Hampshire Trust Bank has revealed the sectors in the UK that have seen the highest levels of growth in SME entrants since 2010, with the technical & professional sector experiencing the biggest boost.
The research found that whilst construction and retail had the highest percentage of SMEs overall, these sectors had the lowest percentage of start-up entrants at 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively, with issues such as financial concerns and competition being cited as barriers to growth.Read more >>
Research from the UK Innovation Hub and Tech City UK has revealed what early-stage businesses believe are the most important factors for raising external finance.
The research found that start-ups believe that personal trust and chemistry is the most important factor, whilst access to a wide network of investments is also considered to be important, cited by three-fifths of respondents.Read more >>
Cloud-based accounting software company Xero has announced its integration with three business finance apps.
The company has teamed up with the business finance providers to help small businesses to have better access to the finance that they need in order to grow.Read more >>
Research from employee engagement company Personal Group has found that entrepreneurs in the UK feel happier and more motivated than people who work full-time.
The research surveyed 800 employees, including 124 self-employed workers, and found that over 60 per cent of those who are self-employed look forward to going to work.Read more >>
A new guide has been published for employers to help them receive information on degree apprenticeships.
The digital publication, A Guide to Degree Apprenticeships for Employers, was launched by careers advice company Prospects with the aim of providing employers with information and guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy, which is set to be introduced on 6th April 2017.Read more >>
A new survey from property letting agent City Breaks has revealed what attracts Brits to entrepreneurship.
The research, which surveyed 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses, identified the main reasons for Brits wanting to become an entrepreneur, with being your own boss and having flexible hours being the main drivers, cited by 76 per cent and 64 per cent of respondents respectively.Read more >>
UK businesses need to encourage more women into the information security industry, according to GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan.
He called for more women to be recruited into cyber security after the latest Global Information Security Workforce Study showed that the infosec industry has the lowest proportion of women at just 8 per cent.Read more >>
New research from training platform Course Library has shown a strong connection between training and development opportunities and job satisfaction.
The research, which surveyed 1,000 workers aged between 18 and 64 in the UK, found that almost half are happy in their current job.Read more >>
Research from the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) has shown that asset-based finance to businesses in the UK has reached £22.2 billion, up by 13 per cent from £20.6 billion in 2016.
The research identified the key reason behind the rise, with the increase in businesses turning to asset-based finance and supplementing traditional sources of finance to help boost business growth and finance the development of new products being the main driver.Read more >>
The number of businesses in the UK has reached a record high, passing 4 million for the first time, according to new figures from software company Inform Direct.
The research, which used data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics, showed that at the end of February this year, there were 4,005,093 registered businesses in the UK.Read more >>
Business confidence in the UK’s private sector has recovered to its strongest level since the middle of 2015, according to data from the Markit UK Business Outlook Survey.
The research, which surveyed 12,000 manufacturers and service providers, found that it has now reached 52 per cent as fears over Brexit begin to subside.Read more >>
Demand for office space in London has remained at a high despite the Brexit vote, according to data from online property search website Hubble.
The data showed that London is still an attractive place to do business, with many SMEs searching for office space in the city towards the end of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017.Read more >>