LSBF Blog - Global Matters
The British Business Bank has launched the first instalment of a funding scheme to help businesses to grow.
The Help to Grow programme will provide loans of up to £200 million to small businesses to encourage growth and innovation. The first £30 million instalment of the funding has now been made available to growing businesses.Read more >>
Over 70 per cent of workers believe that traditional office life is no longer relevant, according to a report from computer software company TeamViewer.
The report, titled “The End of Nine-to-Five”, showed that UK office workers feel that a traditional nine-to-five job is no longer necessary, with more people now wishing to work remotely instead.Read more >>
The expansion of Heathrow Airport’s runway will help to boost Britain’s economy, according to Lord Paul Deighton.
Heathrow Airport’s new Chairman made his first official visit to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) yesterday and highlighted the benefits of an expansion in an election-style manifesto.Read more >>
Financial education should be taught in primary schools, MPs have said.
A report released this week called for the subject to become compulsory in primary schools to enable children to learn day-to-day financial skills.Read more >>
Over 60 per cent of British parents want to set up their own business, according to a survey carried out by the Start Up Loans Company.
The research, which surveyed 2,000 adults aged 18 and over, found that the majority of parents want to quit their current job and start up their own business as it would provide them with a better work-life balance.Read more >>
A business service in South Lakeland is helping young local entrepreneurs to succeed.
The programme, which is run by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), focuses on helping businesses to grow by providing them with expert business advisors.Read more >>
Over 50 per cent of business owners say that they will base their decision on whether or not the UK should leave the EU on facts, according to a report by software company Sage.
The report showed that the majority of business owners are not interested in what celebrities or politicians think about the upcoming EU, with 56 per cent saying that facts will have the biggest impact on their decision.Read more >>
In a live interview with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Kath Easthope, Managing Director of Bite Global – an agency which delivers innovative marketing and communications solutions, spoke about how the industry’s landscape has become more exciting to be a part of.
“I personally believe this is the most exciting time to be in communications,” she said. “The whole landscape we work in has changed […]It used to be that you created a client story and got coverage and were measured on the volume of coverage. But we are now competing with everyone.Read more >>
Employment rate for women reached a record high in March, increasing to 31.58 million, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS stated that the increase could be linked to the Government making changes to the retirement age for women to keep them in work for longer.
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Over 4 million people in the UK are now self-employed, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Figures showed that the number of self-employed people increased by 182,000 from January to March. The total number of self-employed people in the UK now stands at 4.69 million, with self-employed workers accounting for 15 per cent of the workforce.Read more >>
Capital One is to launch a tech accelerator for early-stage start-up businesses. The credit card company will be launching the Capital One Growth Labs in Nottingham in partnership with L Marks, which brings together established businesses and growing companies.
According to Capital One, the hub will “shape the future of finance”, supporting start-ups in the financial sector to help them develop innovative technologies.Read more >>
Over 50 per cent of British women would like to give up their job and become self-employed, according to new research.
The survey, which was conducted on behalf of the Start Up Loans Company, highlighted the main reasons why women would like to run their own business and identified the top business sectors in self-employment.Read more >>
Britain’s most in-demand jobs have been revealed by Adzuna. The website, which brings together millions of job ads to enable jobseekers to find their ideal role, revealed the top sectors for highly skilled job hunters.
Research showed that 40 out of 56 cities have more jobs available than the number of people searching for jobs. However, sectors such as retail, manufacturing and logistics have experienced a drop in the number of roles available.Read more >>
Ryanair has opened a new training centre at Stansted Airport, which will create hundreds of new jobs across the company’s UK-based airports.
The European Training Centre was opened earlier this week by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.Read more >>
The annual Startups 100 list for 2016 has been revealed.
The index, published by Startups.co.uk, lists UK businesses that have shown the best growth potential since being launched on or after 1st January 2013.Read more >>
The Government is looking for recruits to fill 480 posts at the tax office in Cardiff due to the upcoming closure of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office at Ty Glas in Llanishen.
The closure comes as HMRC plans to restructure its tax offices, replacing its current network of offices with a smaller number of larger centres.
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A support programme has been launched to help budding entrepreneurs in Bassetlaw to set up a new business.
Sheffield City Region Launchpad is a £4 million project that is being offered to entrepreneurs through the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and backed by Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.Read more >>
The Church of England has partnered with a company called WiSpire to launch a broadband service across rural areas in the UK.
This will help to meet David Cameron’s pledge to bring superfast broadband to every home in the UK by 2020.Read more >>
The Festival of Digital Disruption is returning to Reading next month. The event is being hosted by ConnectTVT’s Grow@GreenPark and will run for seven days from 11th June.
The festival will give children the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, as well as bringing together tech mentors, leaders, and digital innovators.Read more >>
Inspirational women were honoured at the 24th Inspiring Women Awards last week. The event, which took place on Friday 13th May, celebrates women who have made a difference in the Greater Manchester area.
This year’s awards were held at the Midland Hotel in the city centre, with the winners being announced at a gala lunch.
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A competition to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors has been relaunched.
NACUE is now searching for students and graduates across the UK to take part in its Varsity Pitch 2016 competition, which is in its sixth year.Read more >>
A further £100 million investment into the development of Gloucester city is expected to create 700 jobs.
Over 3,000 full-time and part-time jobs have already been created in the city following a £260 million investment from Peel Holdings.Read more >>
Barclays has launched its new data analysis system for small and medium-sized businesses. The service, called SmartBusiness, will enable small business owners to keep track of performance trends and their customers.
SmartBusiness is now available to over 500,000 of Barclays small and medium-sized business customers for £4.95 a month plus VAT.Read more >>
Over 30 per cent of small businesses now believe that a mobile-friendly website is vital to business growth, with nearly two-thirds of businesses expecting an increase in their mobile sales, according to research from YouGov and eBay UK.
The research, which surveyed 400 online businesses, found that 36 per cent of small businesses expect their mobile sales to increase by up to 10 per cent in 2016.Read more >>
Bank of Ireland will be launching its Enterprise Week programme this week to help small businesses in Northern Ireland.
The event will support SMEs and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their business and receive advice from experienced entrepreneurs.Read more >>