A report has revealed a list of locations with the most inspiring businesses in Britain.
The report, which was compiled by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), provides a list of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses from a number of locations in the UK.
Award-winning book New Economy Business will be launched in the UK today after an innovative approach to its production.
The author Marga Hoek, who is CEO and founder of the Sustainable Business Association, used Creative Commons rather than traditional copyright licensing. She also used crowdsourcing to acquire information from over 325 CEOs, scientists, professionals, students and consumers.
The UK Government has partnered up with Israeli experts to invest in tech startups. A £165 million fund has been set up for investment in the startups, with focus being placed on cybersecurity companies.
Cabinet Office Minster Matt Hancock discussed how the UK can benefit from the high number of startups on a trade mission to Israel, stating that “new technologies, including digital technologies, give the world and its citizens opportunities like never before.”
Hertfordshire has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2016 Better Business for All Awards. The awards are part of the Better Business for All programme, which was set up to create partnerships to identify problems faced by local businesses and provide them with support.
A shortlist of locations has been revealed, with Hertfordshire being shortlisted for the Partnership category for “establishing a strong partnership and producing tangible products and positive outcomes” and the innovation category for developing its own training programme.
Every business sector needs a good accountant – including the film industry – so there’s no reason to limit yourself.
For most people, accountancy is the last profession they think of as glamourous; but it plays a vital role behind the scenes of the silver screen. Without proper oversight of the finances, studios can get into trouble and films can go massively over budget.
Here’s what an accountancy in the film sector could look like.
Looking for an inspiring and exciting profession in one of the most dynamic, lucrative and interesting industries in the world? Look no further than the field of accountancy.
Yes, you read that right. It is something of a myth that accountants have repetitive vocations that offer little in the way of excitement. The reality is far from that assumption; many roles within the sector go beyond the usual audits, inspections and analysis of financial records.
Every entrepreneur, at some point in their career, will be faced with the same question: how can I be sure it’s the right time to give up the safety of my job and become a full-time entrepreneur? LSBF Founder Aaron Etingen helps solve this puzzle.
BT is to create 50 apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West in 2016. The telecoms and TV company will employ around 1,400 apprentices and graduates in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, research and innovation.
The company said that it will be recruiting apprentices in Accrington, Ellesmere Port, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. EE and Openreach, both subsidiaries of BT, will also be taking on new apprentices and graduates.
A Leicester-based software company has recently received funding from Barclays, enabling it to go ahead with plans to grow.
Synety Group, a specialist software firm that provides cloud-based computer telephony integration for lawyers, accountants and recruitment companies, has secured a £900,000 loan as part of Barclays’ finance and innovation scheme.
Edinburgh is the UK’s second-largest hub for tech startups, according to Scottish Development International. Edinburgh was found to be the most active city in Scotland for startups, with 44 university startups and spin-outs being created last year. This makes it the largest hub for tech startups outside of London.
Research from FTI Consulting showed that Scotland’s tech sector raised over £85 billion in risk capital in 2014 and also produced its first “unicorns” (companies with a valuation that exceeds $1 billion) in 2015.
Business leaders in Lancashire are backing calls for the self-employed to receive more support. A recent study carried out by businesswoman Julie Deane showed that self-employment in the UK has reached an all-time high, with over four million self-employed professionals in the country.
Deane has now called for self-employed professionals to receive the same rights as company employees, stating that they should not be disadvantaged.
Prince Charles’ Business in the Community charity is looking for ‘ambitious’ social entrepreneurs to take part in its annual programme. The charity is looking to support social enterprises by helping them to grow and create jobs in London and Northern England.
The programme, which is backed by BP, Asda and Interserve, provides many opportunities for entrepreneurs, including free advice from expert business leaders on subjects such as marketing, strategy and branding. Entrants of the programme will also receive training and discounts on office rates.
A new business hub in Chard is set to be given a boost by councillors. The £227,200 hub will be located at the Holyrood Lace Mill and will help to provide extra office space for businesses and more employment opportunities in the area.
The project aims to provide support for 12 start-up companies in the area and help the development of 30 other businesses. The hub is expected to create 15 new jobs.
Business experts have said that companies should consider training to “reduce wage inequality”.
The national living wage is set to increase to £7.20 an hour from April, but research from the Social Market Foundation has found that one in four businesses will face “significant productivity challenges” as a result of the change.
Over 60 per cent of employers are now offering more flexible job roles in order to attract the best talent, according to research carried out by Totaljobs. Almost a quarter of the 4,000 British jobseekers and recruiters surveyed said that job flexibility is more important than salary and career opportunities.
Over 60 per cent of respondents said that the opportunity of working from home is crucial for job flexibility, whilst nearly half stated that job sharing offers more flexible working conditions.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is one of the leading international accounting bodies, and their esteemed ACCA qualification is highly sought after by aspiring accountants and future leaders in finance all around the world.
Comprising of 14 examination papers, it takes a hardworking, dedicated and passionate individual to successfully pass all of the ACCA exams. One of these individuals is Daniel Jheeta, 26, who studied and passed ACCA at LSBF, studying part time through both weekend and evening classes.
Digital literacy is a “key requisite” in the workplace, according to new research from YouGov. The survey, which was commissioned by Capgemini UK, showed that young people in the UK are lacking the knowledge and experience required to be digitally savvy in the workplace.
Over 1,000 employers were surveyed, with over 80% agreeing that digital literacy is needed in the workplace, and 18% stating that young employees, whilst digitally savvy, are lacking the necessary digital skills required for working in a business environment.
Small UK businesses are hoping to expand in 2016, according to Simply Business writer Jade Wimbledon. Wimbledon provided several predictions for UK businesses in 2016, listing growth as one of the top trends.
Recent research from Close Brothers Asset Finance showed that around 1.35 million SMEs are planning to expand over the new few months, with 20% believing that their business is performing well in the current economy.