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Shortage of cyber security skills is damaging companies, report shows

August 01 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

A report from CSIS and Intel Security, entitled “Hacking the Skills Shortage”, found that there is a lack of cybersecurity talent in countries around the world, including the UK, the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, and Mexico.

The report says that this causes “direct damage” to companies, and warns that thousands of job vacancies in the industry could remain empty.

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Graduates want a good work-life balance, survey shows

July 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Nearly half of young people aged 18 to 24 have said that having a good work-life balance is their main career goal.

Research from recruitment website Reed showed that 40 per cent of young people want an employer that will provide them with a career and help them to build up their own family.

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Work-life balance biggest motivator for entrepreneurs, study finds

More control over work-life balance is one of the main motivations for small business owners, according to a survey from AXA Business Insurance.

The research surveyed over 800 entrepreneurs in the UK to find out what motivates them to run their own business.

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London City Airport expansion scheme will boost economy, say ministers

July 28 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

A £344 million scheme to expand London City Airport has been approved by ministers, who say that the growth plans will help to boost the economy.

The plans, which include an extended terminal, aircraft taxiway and upgraded public transport links, were given the go ahead by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid. 

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Cloud hosting company to launch digital workshops

UKFast will soon be launching a series of in-house digital workshops to combat the digital skills gap.

The company will use the workshops to help teachers and collaborators to gain industry skills and qualifications that can be passed on to the younger generation.

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Small business banking firm receives $2 million in seed funding

A company that enables small businesses to set up a bank account has received $2 million in seed funding to help it to grow.

Tide, which is based in the UK, offers a mobile banking tool for SMEs to enable them to quickly set up an account without any monthly or annual fees. 

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London to get Europe’s largest tech innovation centre

July 27 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

London is to become home to Europe’s largest technology innovation centre. The Innovation Centre is a joint venture between property developer Delancey’s evergreen investment fund, DV4, and tech consultancy firm ENTIQ.  

The facility will support start-ups from a wide range of industries, including fashion, health, design and the Internet of Things, promoting collaboration and helping them to grow. 

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Google partners with Tinder Foundation to improve digital skills

Google has teamed up with the charity Tinder Foundation to help people across the UK improve their digital skills and increase their chances of finding a job or setting up their own business.

The scheme has been created as part of the Google Digital Garage programme, with funding helping to provide 100 centres for 5,000 community organisations.

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Britons are happy to be in work, research shows

July 26 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

The majority of British people would choose to be in work even if they did not need the money, according to the British Social Attitudes survey.

The survey found that many Britons are happy to be in work, with over 60 per cent saying that they would like to take on a job that they enjoyed doing rather than staying at home, despite being stressed as a result of working longer hours. 

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SMEs should make cyber security a top priority, says expert

APMG International Lead Assessor Andy Taylor has said that SMEs should make cyber security one of their top priorities.

Taylor stated that hackers see small and medium-sized businesses as easier targets, as they believe that these businesses do less to protect their important data.

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Video: Great Minds series - LSBF interviews Chris Wakerley MBE, MD of KPMG Boxwood

July 25 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

As part of the LSBF Great Minds series, Chris Wakerley MBE, Managing Director and Co-Founder of KPMG Boxwood, discussed his experiences of business in an interview with Dr Steve Priddy, Head of Research at London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).

Mr Wakerley co-founded Boxwood in 2000. The company has worked across a range of sectors - including retail, infrastructure, private equity and life sciences – and was acquired by KPMG in 2015.

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UK to finalise new FinTech Bridge with South Korea

Last Friday, it was announced that the UK will soon finalise a new FinTech Bridge with South Korea to enable easier investment in fintech.

The FinTech Bridge will provide a number of benefits for financial technology businesses and investors from each country, allowing them to gain easier access to each other.

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British Business Bank invested £527 million into UK businesses

July 24 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The British Business Bank invested £527 million into the UK’s small businesses from 2015 to 2016, according to its annual performance review.

The government-owned bank increased finance to small companies by 45 per cent in 2015 and now works with 90 finance partners to support over 48,000 businesses. The bank revealed that it took on nine new partners from 2015 to 2016. 

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Social media critical to SMEs, survey shows

Social media is critical to SMEs, with 100 per cent of businesses turning to social channels to reach customers, according to a survey from enterprise application software company SAP Anywhere.

The survey showed that more SME retailers are using technology to help their business to develop, with over three quarters of businesses saying that it has enabled them to overcome ongoing challenges. 

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Santander to invest £75 million in UK’s fintech businesses

July 22 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Santander Group’s London-based fintech venture capital fund, Santander InnoVentures, is to invest £75 million in the UK’s fintech community.

Santander InnoVentures was first launched in 2014 and is part of Santander’s innovation agenda, which aims to support early-stage fintech companies and help them to grow.

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Apprenticeships help plug digital skills gap, survey shows

More companies are using apprenticeships to plug the digital skills gap, according to a survey from Tech Partnership.

Research from the cyber skills charity showed that there is a growing demand for digital skills, with companies struggling to fill tech and digital roles.

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SMEs need better access to broadband, according to government report

Small and medium-sized enterprises need access to better broadband services, according to a report from the cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

The report stated that the quality of the current level of broadband service is poor and that services need to be improved.

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UK employment rate reaches record high, according to ONS

July 21 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

The number of people in work in the UK reached a record high in the months leading up to May, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

The UK employment rate reached 74.4 per cent, with over 30 million people in work in the three months leading up to May, up by 176,000 on the previous quarter.   

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More corporates want to work with start-ups, report shows

July 21 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

More corporates are interested in collaborating with start-up businesses, according to a report from accelerator programme MassChallenge.

The report, titled The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016, surveyed over 200 start-ups and over 100 corporates from across Europe. It found that there is a “fundamental mindset shift” in relationships between start-up businesses and corporations.

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Vodafone launches new fibre broadband for small businesses

Vodafone UK is supporting small businesses across the UK by launching a new secure broadband and fixed line service.

According to the company, the Superfast Fibre Broadband service, which will offer speeds of up to 76Mbps, is aimed at businesses that have up to nine employees. 

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NatWest to help small businesses with £1bn lending fund

July 20 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

NatWest is launching a £1 billion lending fund to help small businesses grow.

The fund will be available to businesses across England and Wales with a turnover of under £2 million.

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Skills shortages holding back businesses, according to survey

July 20 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Skills shortages are holding back businesses, with over two-thirds of businesses not feeling confident about filling high-skilled jobs in the future, according to this year’s CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey.

The survey highlighted the areas in which there is a skills shortage, with sectors such as construction, manufacturing and professional services being affected. 

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Invoice lending becoming popular with small businesses, research shows

Research conducted by the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) has found that invoice lending is an increasingly popular way for SMEs to access funding.

The report showed that invoice lending is now one of the main ways of funding the growth of small businesses across the UK.

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SME workers prefer flexibility, according to Regus

SME workers prefer job roles that offer flexibility, according to research from workspace provider Regus.

The research, which surveyed over 3000 professionals across a number of different sectors, showed the importance of flexibility in the workplace.

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Britons would earn less to become entrepreneurs, study shows

More than 40 per cent of people in Britain say they would be prepared to earn less in order to fulfil their dream of becoming an entrepreneur, according to research from Nectar Business.

The research, which was carried out as part of the Nectar Business Small Business Awards scheme, showed the salary that Britons would be content with in return for becoming their own boss.

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