LSBF Blog - Global Matters
SMEs in Tyneside and Teesside have received £285 million in funding from HSBC over the past ten months. The bank first launched its regional SME fund in May 2015 and initially provided £150 million in funding.
The company has now announced that it has increased the size of its fund to meet the demands of local businesses that are hoping to grow.Read more >>
According to a survey carried out by Avon, 60 per cent of women in the UK want to start up their own business.
The company surveyed 2,000 women and found that out of those who wish to start their own business, 45 per cent said that they have been held back because they feared that the process would be too complicated.Read more >>
Google is to be one of the headline acts for Blackpool’s first Enterprise Week. The event, which will be hosted by Blackpool Council, will provide a wide range of activities to help local entrepreneurs to grow their business.
Google will be launching its Google Digital Garage at the event, which will be the first time the tech company has taken the workshop outside a major city.Read more >>
Manchester has received over £136 million in European funding, which has supported investment in businesses and helped to create job opportunities, according to research from Britain Stronger in Europe.
The research found that during the 2007-2013 European Structural Funds Programme, which is made up of the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund, Manchester received £136.2 million in European funding.Read more >>
A campaign that was launched at the end of last year is now aiming to help three million small businesses in the UK to develop online skills.
Do It Digital was launched by Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday, a campaign that is held every year to encourage consumers to shop at their local independent stores to support small businesses.Read more >>
Family-run businesses in the UK are looking to expand after a successful year in the sector, according to research from the Institute for Family Business (IFB).
The research showed that family businesses make a significant contribution to the UK economy, making up 87 per cent of all private sector companies in the UK.Read more >>
A new enterprise centre is to open in Peckham to provide support and space for young entrepreneurs.
The Peckham Enterprise Centre, which has been set up by the London Youth Support Trust, will be located in the former Bell’s Garden Community Centre on Buller Close.Read more >>
The number of foreign business leaders has increased in the UK, according to business research company Duedil.
Their figures show that one in five UK tech companies are now led by foreign entrepreneurs, which indicates that Britain is becoming an attractive location to start up a digital business.Read more >>
A business group in Ilford is holding drop-in events to provide help and advice to start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in the area.
The Seven Kings Business and Community Partnership (SKBCP) launched its first information event on 7th March at the Seven Kings Library in High Road and will now be holding the sessions every fortnight until May.Read more >>
The deadline for this year’s Startups 100 index has been extended. The annual initiative, which was launched in 2008 by Startups.co.uk, is a countdown of the best start-up companies in the UK.
Described as “the longest running index of its kind”, the scheme searches for the UK’s most “exciting and innovative early-stage businesses with fast-growth potential, original concepts and forward-thinking founders” that have launched within the last three years.Read more >>
A start-up company based in Hackney has secured funding to continue helping mums to get back into work.
Digital Mums, which provides online social media training and flexible work, has secured £285,000 to enable it to expand.Read more >>
Several UK banks have committed to signing up for a charter to promote gender balance in the workplace.
Major companies such as Virgin Money, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland are showing their support after the government urged companies to sign up for the charter, which aims to get more women working in senior roles in the finance sector.Read more >>
Almost half of SMEs in Britain saved £10,000 or less on bills in the last 12 months by negotiating with their suppliers, according to a survey by npower Business.
The survey found that this resulted in Britain’s small businesses making overall savings of £511 million across the sector over the past year.Read more >>
Over 20 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 18 are interested in setting up their own business, according to a survey by YouGov.
The survey, which was commissioned by Google, showed that over 30 per cent of teenagers believe that starting up a business would be beneficial, whilst 47 per cent said that they were not afraid of taking risks when making money.Read more >>
Sir Richard Branson has relaunched VOOM, a competition that gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch ideas and win cash prizes.
Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch ideas to a panel of experts, including Branson. Six businesses will be selected as winners and will share over £1 million in prizes.Read more >>
Employers in Brighton and Hove are being asked to sign a pledge of support to create jobs and raise opportunities and to help young people prepare for work.
Brighton and Hove City Council has urged employers to show their support after announcing that it will be creating 100 apprenticeships in 2016/2017 and a further 150 in 2017/2018. The council has launched the scheme to help tackle the decline of apprenticeships in the city.Read more >>
Around 750 SMEs in Dorset are taking advantage of a scheme that enables them to have access to faster broadband.
The Connection Vouchers Scheme, which was run by Dorset County Council on behalf of Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth, was set up to offer small businesses up to £3,000 towards faster and more reliable broadband.Read more >>
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has teamed up with the Big Four to launch a new apprenticeship tax scheme.
The accountancy body will be working with KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte to develop a scheme for the audit, accountancy and tax professions. The scheme, known as Accountancy/Tax Technician Standard, will enable school leavers to qualify with a higher apprenticeship and is linked to the Government’s Trailblazer scheme.Read more >>
Apprenticeships are one of the most important factors for business growth, according to research for the Funding Skills Agency.
The research, which was released as part of National Apprenticeship Week, found that nearly half of managers in growing companies in the West Midlands believe that hiring the right employees and having employees with the right skills are the most important factors when it comes to expanding a business.Read more >>
Developers of Cobalt Business Park have announced that it has almost reached its full capacity. Cobalt Business Park is now one of the biggest in the UK, providing space for companies such as Accenture, Hewlett Packard and DNV.
All three firms have expanded, with Accenture now occupying 88,000 sq ft of space over two buildings, Hewlett Packard 200,000 sq ft of space over three buildings, and DNV 10,000 sq ft of space.Read more >>
Employers in England are to receive a 10 per cent top up on their monthly levy contributions. The plans were announced in a budget report published by the Treasury.
The top-up will mean that for employers who pay a levy of £2,000, their levy pot will be £2,200. This will be available for them to spend on apprenticeship training through their digital account.Read more >>
Funding Circle is to dedicate a floor of its new London-based headquarters to younger startups. The peer-to-peer lending company, which is worth over £1 million, moved into 71 Queen Victoria Street in Mansion House last year but took on more space than it needed.
The company is now giving startups the opportunity to make use of the extra space on one of its trading floors. It is offering 400 desks, which small businesses and freelancers can now book on property marketplace website Hubble.Read more >>