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Crowdsourced Management Book of the Year launched in UK

February 23 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Crowdsourced Management Book of the Year launched in 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.

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Pareto’s Interview Top Tips

February 22 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Pareto’s Interview Top Tips

Have you already secured an interview but need to maximise your chances of success?

As the UK’s largest sales development and recruitment agency, Pareto know just what it takes to succeed during this final hurdle to achieve that all important job offer.

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5 key facts and trends in modern accountancy

February 22 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 key facts and trends in modern accountancy

When you are considering becoming an accountant and are seeking to obtain your professional qualification in the industry, it is useful to be aware of interesting facts and key trends.

After a particularly testy few years, courtesy of the credit crunch and subsequent global recession, things are looking promising again.

Here are a few facts and trends to be aware of as you look to launch your career in one of the most dynamic professions in the world.

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Number of small businesses achieving growth at its highest, says ERC

February 22 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Number of small businesses achieving growth at its highest, says ERC

The number of small businesses achieving growth has reached its highest level in the UK, according to the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).

There are now nearly 12,000 “high-growth” small and medium-sized businesses, with research showing that this is the highest level since the dot-com collapse of the early 2000s.  

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UK teams up with Israel to invest in tech startups

UK teams up with Israel to invest in tech startups

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.”

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Hertfordshire shortlisted for Better Business for All Awards

February 20 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Hertfordshire shortlisted for Better Business for All Awards

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. 

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How accountancy can take you to Hollywood

February 19 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

How accountancy can take you to Hollywood

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.

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5 cool jobs in accounting that you didn't know existed

February 19 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 cool jobs in accounting that you didn't know existed

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.

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Making the Jump to Entrepreneurship

February 19 ,2016 | by Aaron Etingen

Making the Jump to Entrepreneurship

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.

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BT to create apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West

February 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

BT to create apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West

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.

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Barclays finance scheme helps Leicester-based company to grow

February 19 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Barclays finance scheme helps Leicester-based company to grow

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.

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Edinburgh is UK’s second-largest hub for tech startups

Edinburgh is UK’s second-largest hub for tech startups

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.

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Business leaders back calls for self-employed support

February 18 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Business leaders back calls for self-employed support

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.

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Prince Charles’ charity searching for ‘ambitious’ social entrepreneurs

February 18 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Prince Charles’ charity searching for ‘ambitious’ social entrepreneurs

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.

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Regus opens second business centre in West Yorkshire

February 18 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Regus opens second business centre in West Yorkshire

Regus has announced the opening of its second business centre in West Yorkshire.

The new business centre is based in Halifax and will provide flexible workspace for start-up businesses and remote workers.

 

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Somerset business hub will help to boost employment

February 17 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Somerset business hub will help to boost employment

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.

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Businesses should consider training to reduce wage inequality, say experts

February 17 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Businesses should consider training to reduce wage inequality, say experts

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.

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More employers offering flexible work to attract talented employees

February 17 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

More employers offering flexible work to attract talented employees

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. 

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What it takes to achieve ACCA success

February 16 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

What it takes to achieve ACCA success

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.  

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Digital literacy a “key requisite” in the workplace, shows YouGov research

February 16 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Digital literacy a “key requisite” in the workplace, shows YouGov research

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. 

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Overwhelming response to Scotland female entrepreneur competition

February 16 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Overwhelming response to Scotland female entrepreneur competition

A competition for budding female entrepreneurs in Scotland has received an “overwhelming response”, with 16 companies making it through to the finals.

Over 100 start-ups and established businesses entered the competition, which was set up by AccelerateHER, a company that focuses on women’s business development.

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Financial services amongst the best-paid marketing jobs, shows research

February 15 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Financial services amongst the best-paid marketing jobs, shows research

The financial services sector is one of the best-paying sectors for junior marketing professionals, according to research from salary comparison website Emolument.

Research showed that junior marketing professionals working for banks and financial services companies earn an average salary of £37,000 with a £2,000 bonus.

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Small UK businesses hoping to expand in 2016, says expert

February 14 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Small UK businesses hoping to expand in 2016, says expert

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.

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RBS opens business hub for budding entrepreneurs

February 14 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

RBS opens business hub for budding entrepreneurs

The Royal Bank of Scotland has teamed up with Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark) to open up a business hub for budding entrepreneurs at its headquarters.

The opening of the hub comes after it was announced that NatWest, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, has opened a hub in Manchester to provide help for fledgling companies.

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UK digital businesses growing faster than other sectors, says Tech City UK report

February 13 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

UK digital businesses growing faster than other sectors, says Tech City UK report

The UK’s digital businesses are growing 32% faster than other sectors in the economy, according to research from Tech City UK.

The latest Tech Nation 2016 report, which surveyed 2,000 digital businesses, showed that the they had a combined annual turnover of £161bn.

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