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5 ways to beat ACCA results day nerves

October 12 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

With your ACCA grades just about to arrive, we thought we’d suggest a few proven tactics for combatting results day anxiety.

We hope you’re about to get the news you’ve been hoping for!

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‘Target 70% Higher Education participation by 2035’, UK Govt. urged

October 12 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

A chapter by the director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Nick Hillman, has caused a stir with its proposal that the UK should set a target for 70% of young people to be enrolled in higher education by 2035.

The proposal, found in A New Blue Book, is likely to ruffle the feathers within the Conservative Government, whose policies the publication is aimed at influencing.

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Employees want an innovative workplace culture, research shows

October 12 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from RADA in Business, the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has found UK employees want a workplace culture that encourages ideas and innovation.

The research surveyed 1,000 workplaces and found that over 80 per cent of businesses are failing to create a culture that encourages new ways of thinking. 

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Research reveals the best time to launch a business

October 11 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from financial services company Aldermore has revealed the best time for people in the UK to start a business.

The research found that spring is the best season for launching a business, with 88 per cent of SMEs (representing more than 4.8 million companies in the UK) that have done so during this period experiencing success.

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Thousands of jobs created in East London since 2012, research shows

October 11 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

A report from Oxford Economics has found that 110,000 new jobs have been created in East London since the 2012 Olympics, with Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets seeing the highest growth.

According to the research, Tower Hamlets has seen the highest increase in jobs since 2012, with 50,000 new jobs being created.

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UK consumers want personalised banking services, research shows

October 10 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Over 87 per cent of UK consumers agreed or strongly agreed that banking services should be personalised in a new survey from technology and omni-channel solutions company NCR Corporation.

The research surveyed more than 1,000 UK adults aged 16 and over and found that UK consumers have high expectations when it comes to banking services. 94 per cent of those with a bank account agree banking needs to be seamless across all devices and platforms.

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Women need access to more training opportunities, research shows

October 09 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from professional training provider The Knowledge Academy has highlighted the need for more training opportunities for the whole workforce.

The research looked at data from EU statistics organisation Eurostat alongside a survey of more than 6,000 adults carried out by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. They found that European countries are more likely to provide training opportunities for men than women.

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Online MBAs leading the way in digital degrees

October 06 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

The online digital degree movement is gaining momentum, and looks increasingly set to take us into a new education paradigm.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with the wildly popular MBA, which has become the must-have qualification for aspiring business aficionados.

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Xero to launch online learning tool for students and employees

UK cloud accounting software company Xero is to launch an online learning tool aimed at students and employees to help boost their skills.

The Xero Lifelong Learning Platform was one of many new products that were demonstrated at Xerocon in London.

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London cheaper than rival financial centres for locating staff

October 04 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

London has outperformed its rival financial centres when it comes to the cost of locating 100 staff. The city is 25 per cent cheaper than New York, according to estate agency Knight Frank.

The 2018 Global Cities report compared the cost of locating staff in top global cities and estimated that the total average cost of employing 100 members of staff in conventional office space in London is $5,228,140 per year, compared to $6,938,000 in New York.

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#StartUpSpotlight: Hot Since 91

October 03 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

This month, Gold Mokwe - founder of Hot Since 91 - shares the story of how she brings nostalgic flair to events.

Hot Since 91 is a curated range of events and creative content with a social aim of bringing about diversity and unity through nostalgia. 

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UK consumers trust banks over third-party providers, research finds

October 03 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from management consultant company Accenture has found UK consumers are reluctant to share personal data with third-party providers, creating a major opportunity for banks when it comes to building trust.

The research surveyed over 2,000 consumers and found 69 per cent would not share their banking data with third-party providers such as social media companies, tech businesses or online retailers. 

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Lloyds boosts digital services with new flagship store

Lloyds has opened its first flagship store in Manchester as part of an investment into a group of flagship sites.

The £3 million store will combine face-to-face services with the latest technology as digital services become more important to the bank’s customers.

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The best business self-help books

September 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

It’s always a great idea to make improvements to your life. Whether the changes affect your studies, career plan, or health, it’s important to strive for success!

Books can be a great way to gain new skills to help you. The self-help genre is widely popular, largely due to the first-person accounts of experiences you can relate to.

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Research shows demand for recruits in financial advice sector

September 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from life insurance company Prudential has shown a demand for new recruits in the financial advice sector. 70 per cent of survey respondents say they would urge people to pursue a career in financial advice.

The research showed that while financial advisers are optimistic about the growth of the financial advice market, many believe that not enough action is being taken to encourage people to enter the profession.

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Research reveals what UK consumers want from banking sector

September 28 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

A new online global survey from ACI Worldwide and YouGov has revealed the services UK consumers want from their banks.

The research surveyed more than 9,000 consumers in the US and Europe. It found consumers worldwide expect their bank to provide new and innovative services. 

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Lyft drive ahead with online learning platform Udacity

September 27 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

For many of us, self-driving cars still seem like a distant reality, confined to the realms of Silicon Valley. However, the strides being made in this field are making it look increasingly likely we are heading for a future where self-driving cars dominate our roads.

Supported by developing e-learning platforms, companies such as Lyft are looking to get more people involved in contributing to the future of private, and potentially public transport.

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UK businesses are embracing fintech, research shows

September 27 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Businesses in the UK are embracing financial technology, with 77 per cent being aware of fintech products and services, according to research from finance company MarketInvoice.

The research found 65 per cent of UK businesses have adopted at least one fintech application, while 19 per cent have adopted at least four. 

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Survey shows increase in graduate jobs and apprentices

September 26 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Figures from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) have shown an increase in the number of graduate jobs and apprentices in 2017.

The annual survey showed businesses have recruited 20,614 graduates in 2017, an increase of 1 per cent, while the number of apprentices has increased by 19 per cent to 11,016.

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PwC and EY make list of most open-minded businesses

September 25 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from salary benchmarking website Emolument.com has revealed which firms are the most open-minded and willing to consider new ideas. Professional services and Big Four firms PwC and EY made it into the top five, cited by 88 per cent and 86 per cent of employees respectively.

Goldman Sachs topped the list, with 90 per cent of employees being satisfied with the company’s open-mindedness.

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Accountancy is one of the highest-paying jobs for students

September 22 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Accountancy is one of the best-paying student jobs in the UK, according to research from UK jobsite CV-Library.

The research analysed 2,000 part-time jobs across 15 cities and revealed the best-paying roles for students. Construction topped the list with an average hourly rate of £13.58, followed by accountancy with an average hourly rate of £12.34. 

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London named most popular destination for business travel, report shows

September 22 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

A report from Heathrow Express has found that London is the most popular destination for business travel.

The 2017 Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report found that 85 per cent of 2,424 business travellers have travelled to London for business.

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Fintech sector crucial to London’s future prosperity, according to research

September 21 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Over 45 per cent of businesses believe the financial technology sector is crucial to the future of London’s prosperity, according to the CBI/CBRE London Business Survey.

The survey of 271 respondents found the creative and tech sectors are the most important for the city’s economic growth over the next five years, with these being cited by two-thirds of businesses. This was followed by the fintech sector (47 per cent) and the professional services sector (49 per cent).

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EY announces career development and performance programme

September 20 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Professional services and Big Four firm EY has announced a series of global talent programmes to help employees prepare for work.

The company will be running the programmes through management model LEAD and will be introducing a new programme called EY Badges. This will help people develop digital skills for the future.

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Employers support financial education in the workplace, research shows

September 19 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown has shown employers are in support of financial education in the workplace.

The research surveyed 418 employers, exploring their views on auto-enrolment in the workplace. They found 55 per cent believe financial education can help their staff gain a better understanding of pensions.

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