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Small businesses planning to recruit new staff, research shows

March 08 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

Small businesses planning to recruit new staff, research shows

New research from Hitachi Capital has shown that there will be a jobs boost in the SME sector, with one in six small businesses set to recruit new staff by the end of April this year.

The company’s quarterly British Business Barometer, which surveyed SME decision-makers from 11 regions, found that 20 per cent of businesses that are less than five years old are planning to take on new staff by April.

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SMEs benefited from drop in pound, PayPal data shows

SMEs benefited from drop in pound, PayPal data shows

Small and medium-sized businesses benefitted from the drop in the pound in 2016, according to data from PayPal.

The online payments company revealed that UK SMEs saw a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in their international sales from January to June last year, whilst the rate of growth increased to 34 per cent from July to December. 

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TEDxSquareMile to host City of London conference

March 06 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

TEDxSquareMile to host City of London conference

TEDxSquareMile, partner of LSBF Executive Education, will be hosting a conference in the City of London later this month.

TEDxSquareMile is a subset of the TED organisation, and encourages volunteers from the local community to create events to spark conversation, connection and community.   

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Vodafone to launch world’s largest programme to recruit women

March 06 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Vodafone to launch world’s largest programme to recruit women

Vodafone is to launch the world’s largest programme to help women who have taken a career break to get back into work.

The programme follows research that has highlighted the problems that women face when re-entering the workplace, such as restricted opportunities for pay rises and promotions. 

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WeWork searching for start-ups for its London-based programme

WeWork searching for start-ups for its London-based programme

US-based workspace provider WeWork is searching for start-ups in London to take part in the company’s UK WeWork Labs programme.

The company is now accepting applications for the programme, which will be based out of its London Fields facility in Hackney.

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Female entrepreneurs generated £3.51 billion for UK economy, research shows

March 02 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Female entrepreneurs generated £3.51 billion for UK economy, research shows

Female entrepreneurs in the UK generated £3.51 billion for the economy and helped to boost employment in 2015, creating over 75,000 jobs, according to research by NatWest.

The research also showed a growth in the number of female-led businesses between 2009 and 2012, with the proportion of businesses increasing from 3.7 per cent to 7.1 per cent.

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SEO link building: 5 must reads

March 01 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

SEO link building: 5 must reads

In an ever-increasing digital world, search engine optimisation is becoming more and more important when it comes to getting your company noticed. Link building is a vital part of SEO as it raises the credibility of your brand in the eyes of Google and, therefore, in the eyes of consumers.

Here are five insightful reads that can help you set the ball rolling.

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Employers consider people skills most valuable asset for employees

February 28 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Employers consider people skills most valuable asset for employees

People skills have been named as the skill that business leaders believe is the most valuable for employees to have in a new survey from the Oxford Open Learning Trust.

The research, which was carried out by YouGov, surveyed more than 500 senior decision-makers and identified the soft skills that are the most desirable to employers when it comes to recruiting new staff. Over 70 per cent of respondents cited people skills as the most valuable. 

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Top tips for beating exam stress

February 27 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Top tips for beating exam stress

There’s a lot of pressure on students to do well, whether it’s during school, university or whilst studying for a professional qualification. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to experience stress around exam time.

Stress can be both a help and a hindrance; you can let it get the better of you, or use it as a drive to improve your work. There are a variety of ways to manage stress so that you minimise its negative impacts, here are a few for you to try out:

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Accountants were in high demand last year, survey shows

February 27 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Accountants were in high demand last year, survey shows

There was a high demand for newly qualified accountants in 2016, according to the UK Salary Guide by specialist recruitment agency Morgan McKinley.

The guide showed that 2016 was a good year for accounting and finance, with strong demand in both sectors, particularly for auditors who were looking to move into the industry.

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Over 70 per cent of apprentice-hiring businesses report productivity boost

February 24 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Over 70 per cent of apprentice-hiring businesses report productivity boost

Over 70 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses that have taken on apprentices have seen an increase in productivity, according to research from the Department for Education.

The research, which has been released ahead of National Apprentice Week, shows the benefits that apprentices can bring to businesses, with over 200,000 apprentices set to be recruited over the next year.

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Tech City UK announces new businesses on Future Fifty Programme

February 24 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Tech City UK announces new businesses on Future Fifty Programme

Tech City UK will be taking on 26 new technology companies for the latest intake of its Future Fifty Programme.

The programme will provide support for the new businesses, giving them access to expert-led workshops and classes as well as media coverage and peer networks.

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UK the best place to start a business, says survey

UK the best place to start a business, says survey

The UK has been named the best place to do business by 44 per cent of the country’s population in a survey by SME finance firm Idinvest Partners.

The research found that over 55 per cent of respondents have confidence in the UK when it comes to economic performance.

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Finance conditions continuing to improve for small businesses

February 22 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Finance conditions continuing to improve for small businesses

Finance conditions are continuing to improve for small businesses, with 2016 seeing strong growth in asset finance and peer-to-peer lending, according to a report from British Business Bank.

The Small Business Finance Markets Report found that asset finance reached £16.8 billion in 2016, whilst peer-to-peer business lending reached £1.3 billion. 

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Amazon to create 5,000 new UK jobs in 2017

February 21 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Amazon to create 5,000 new UK jobs in 2017

Amazon has announced plans to create 5,000 new jobs in the UK in 2017, which will bring the company’s UK workforce to over 24,000.

The company will be searching for staff across a range of areas and will also be offering apprenticeship opportunities. 

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Four million Brits want to become entrepreneurs, research shows

February 20 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

Four million Brits want to become entrepreneurs, research shows

More people in Britain are aspiring to be an entrepreneur, with 4 million wishing to become self-employed in the future, according to new research from retail bank Aldermore.

The research found that becoming self-employed has always been an ambition for 22 per cent of Brits, whilst 12 per cent will be looking to make the move in the next six months. 

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UK named one of the most attractive places for work

February 17 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

UK named one of the most attractive places for work

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 launches loan service for SMEs

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 among the most influential cities in Europe

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

National Cyber Security Centre launched in UK

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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Brexit will increase demand for accountants, according to research

February 15 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Brexit will increase demand for accountants, according to research

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

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

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

10 jokes only an accountant could understand

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

Specialist lender closes its first fund for UK SMEs

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

SMEs continue to be confident about their future, research shows

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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