LSBF Blog - Global Matters
Barclaycard will be partnering up with The Guardian Small Business Network to give UK businesses the chance to receive advice from leading mentors.
Successful applicants to the Small Business Mentoring competition will receive support. The competition is open to British SMEs with less than £15 million turnover in the retail, professional services, and hospitality sectors.Read more >>
More young women should be encouraged into a career in technology, according to the Tech Partnership.
The digital skills advocate has called for more support from parents and teachers for young girls to enable them to study technology whilst in school.Read more >>
Mobile phone provider O2 has announced that it is currently looking for over 30 new apprentices to take part in the company’s apprenticeship programme.
The company has expanded its apprenticeship programme to provide more job opportunities for young people and help them to develop their skills.
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A group of small businesses have teamed up to support other small companies and self-employed workers in Britain following the Brexit result.
The group has been formed to provide reassurance to small businesses and help them remain optimistic after the referendum.Read more >>
A record number of the UK’s new graduates are in work or further study, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
The HESA’s employment data showed that whilst the number of university leavers going into work or choosing to study further has hit a record high, many are also taking on jobs unrelated to their course.Read more >>
Several of the UK’s major banks have announced that they will be keeping jobs in Britain following the result of the EU referendum.
Though many banks originally announced that they would be relocating to the EU if the UK voted to leave the EU, they have now said that they will not be scaling back in the UK.Read more >>
Small businesses believe that they could fail within the next five years if they do not adapt their models, according to research from business software company Exact.
The research showed that despite 38 per cent of SMEs believing that they will go out of business if they do not adapt their models, only 2 per cent have taken action.Read more >>
A London-based library has announced plans to provide flexible working space for the city’s entrepreneurs.
The Whitechapel Idea Store, which is located in London’s East End, is aiming to create a workspace where early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs who are looking to set up their own business can network and trade.
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More SMEs are now choosing to work remotely, according to research from internet-based phone service company Nimvelo.
The research showed that 66 per cent of small businesses are now choosing to operate from a remote location or employing remote workers.Read more >>
Two start-ups from the UK have been announced as winners of Virgin’s VOOM 2016 competition.
The companies will be awarded a share of a £1 million prize from Sir Richard Branson.Read more >>
The majority of Britons would welcome an annual shutdown of businesses, according to a study by virtual assistant website ava.
The study showed that nearly 60 per cent of those surveyed feel that shutting down a business during quiet periods would enable it to remain cost-efficient and be more productive.Read more >>
Entrepreneurs have called for action to be taken to protect London’s status in the tech sector following the UK’s exit from the EU.
Business leaders who supported a Remain vote have spoken out, discussing the importance of providing training to address skills gaps in the sector.Read more >>
Recruitment platform Talendrone has secured a £350,000 investment to enable it to generate more income for UK recruiters.
The company, which specialises in recruitment in the IT sector, is hoping that the investment from Finance Yorkshire will help to benefit 10,000 companies.Read more >>
Britain’s tech companies are putting expansion plans on hold following the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Companies are now concerned about how the loss of access to European markets could affect the UK’s financial technology sector, with some considering moving to a continental location.Read more >>
London is facing competition to hold onto its technology graduates, according to research from LinkedIn.
The research, which has been released during London Technology Week, showed that the city’s graduates are being snapped up by tech hub rivals from the UK and Europe.Read more >>
Deloitte has launched a cloud-based accounting and analytics service for start-ups and SMEs. The Big Four company has invested £2.5 million into the project, which is called Propel.
Propel will provide a wide range of services, which will be available to the UK’s 5.4 million small business owners.
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London provides the most opportunities for female workers in the tech sector, according to technology recruitment company Mortimer Spinks.
The research, which surveyed over 3,700 workers across the UK, showed that 40 per cent of the country’s female tech workers are employed in the city.Read more >>
Over 70 per cent of self-employed people will be basing their EU vote on personal choice rather than what is best for their business, according to a study from Intuit QuickBooks.
The study looked at how self-employed people plan to vote in today’s EU referendum and found that just 20 per cent will base their vote on what will be best for their business rather than their personal or political views.Read more >>
Techspace has secured investment from multimillionaire Leo Noé and Goldacre Ventures to enable it to expand and provide extra space for scale-up companies.
The company, which is based in London and specialises in providing flexible co-working space for fast-growth tech companies, will use the £5 million Series A funding to drive growth in the city.Read more >>
Over 25 per cent of small business owners believe that working for free is a necessary step when starting up a business, according to research from micro-business company Chorus.
The research showed that over 60 per cent of micro-business owners have worked for free in order to get their business started up.
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In addition to obvious culprits such as eating habits, smoking, and exercise, studies are increasingly showing that work environment can affect the health of staff members.
Factors such as employers’ attitudes to sick leave, stress, and “presenteeism” (staff being at their desks more than necessary) may all contribute to the overall health of workers.Read more >>
Entrepreneurs are most likely to underestimate accountancy fees when it comes to costs, according to a study from business services company Geniac.
The study looked at the costs involved with running a business and identified the most expensive areas for starting up a business.Read more >>
More Brits are turning to online learning sites to develop new skills, according to research from Hitwise.
Figures released by the company showed that over 4 million people in Britain searched “how to” queries in the first quarter of 2016, whilst 1.3 million Brits visited a learning site over the same period.Read more >>
Peer-to-peer lending company Funding Circle has partnered with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support small businesses by increasing loans.
The partnership, which comes just a few days before the EU referendum, is expected to provide £100 million worth of loans for small businesses. This will be the first time that the EIB has provided lending through a peer-to-peer company.Read more >>
Employers in the UK are working together to provide apprenticeships for young people under a new initiative called the Digital Apprenticeship Standards Steering Group.
The group has already collaborated over the past few years to develop digital and tech apprenticeships for areas such as digital marketing, data analytics, and software development as part of the Government’s Trailblazer scheme.Read more >>