Accenture has secured a £1.85 million grant from Let’s Grow North East to enable it to expand and create over 100 jobs in the region.
The professional services company has already increased its number of employees from 200 to 600 at its Newcastle Delivery centre over the past five years. Now, the company is planning to expand to a second office in Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside and increase its number of employees to over 700.
Software company SAP has launched a new front-office solution to enable small UK businesses in the digital economy to run customer interactions more easily.
SAP Anywhere will provide businesses with a wide range of digital tools for customer engagement, e-commerce, marketing, inventory management and business analytics. Businesses will be able to have access to the tools on computers and mobile devices.
Female entrepreneurs in Tunbridge Wells are the highest paid in the region, according to a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Figures showed that women in Tunbridge Wells are paid more than their counterparts in other areas of Kent, earning an average of £377.30 per week (£19,619 per annum) in 2015. This was higher than the average weekly earnings in Kent and in other areas in the south east.
Salaries for part-qualified accountants are expected to rise in Milton Keynes, which could indicate a high demand for accountancy skills according to recruitment company Robert Walters.
A survey by the company showed that salaries are expected to increase by seven per cent for part-qualified accountants compared to four per cent for all accountants, whilst CIMA-qualified accountants will see an increase of ten per cent.
The number of job vacancies in the finance sector increased in January by 12 per cent more than in the same month last year, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Apsco).
Research showed that average salaries in banking jobs have increased by 4.9 per cent, whilst the average salary across all professional sectors in the UK increased by 4.2 per cent. Pay growth in the professional sector was found to be higher than the UK average recorded by the Office for National Statistics in the latter half of 2015.
A technology hub based in Birmingham has opened applications for a smart cities incubator programme to help technology startups.
The programme, which is being set up by Innovation Birmingham, will enable tech start-ups to receive support and mentoring. The Serendip Smart Cities Incubator will be located in the new £8 million iCentrum building.
A funding scheme has been launched to support entrepreneurs in the Isle of Axholme.
UK Steel Enterprise has partnered up with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to launch the Kickstart Fund, which will provide grants of between £500 and £1,000 to help aspiring entrepreneurs to establish a business or become self-employed.
The organisers of a new business hub are looking for entrepreneurs who are interested in joining the programme. Entrepreneurial Spark and NatWest will be opening the hub in Milton Keynes at the bank’s Silbury Boulevard branch in August.
The hub is one of many UK business hatcheries that Entrepreneurial Spark is opening to provide help to startups with the development of their business.
Businesses need “fast, reliable connectivity” in order to thrive, according to business secretary, Sajid Javid. In a speech to the EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, Javid announced a review that will provide affordable and high-quality broadband for businesses.
The announcement comes after research found that slow broadband causes businesses to lose up to a full day’s work. A recent study by Virgin Media Business found that having a slow connection is the biggest time waster for small businesses, whilst research from YouGov found that the average employee loses around 15 minutes a day as a result of slow broadband.
Small UK businesses are targeting Australia’s export market, according to a survey by Royal Mail. The company surveyed 300 small retail exporters to see where they are sending their goods and found Australia to be a top spot for businesses.
According to the study, UK retailers are placing more focus on customers outside of Europe and are targeting affluent customers in English-speaking countries.
Workers of the age of 50 believe that companies are not helping them to put their skills and expertise into practice, according to an Ashridge survey.
The study, titled Don’t Put Baby (Boomers) in the Corner: Realising the Potential of the Over 50s at Work, found that a large number of respondents believe that their company is doing nothing to share skills and experience between different generations.
According to new research, 79% of finance and accountancy professionals believe professional membership bodies support their career in accountancy.
The statistics come from respondents to a survey conducted by job site GAAPweb, of over 450 accountancy and finance professionals. They include members of ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, AAT, IFA and AIA, from Part-Qualified to Chief Financial Officer across a wide range of industries.
Accountants and other finance professionals are becoming more aware of the risks of cybercrime, according to a study by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
The study, titled Cybersecurity – Fighting Crime’s Enfant Terrible, stated that cybercrime is becoming too dangerous for accountants to ignore. However, it found that the majority of accountants and finance professionals clearly understand the importance of the issue, with over 80% saying that their management are concerned about cybercrime.
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