LSBF Blog - Global Matters

Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews Marriott Hotels Europe CEO Amy McPherson

April 21 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Amy McPherson, CEO of Marriott Hotels Europe, shares with LSBF the secrets to a successful career in business.

Great business leaders know how to surround themselves with good people – that is the secret to a successful career in business according to Amy McPherson, the CEO of Marriott Hotels Europe.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

How mobiles have changed the way businesses interact with customers

Mobile devices have altered the way consumers browse, shop and make payments. At almost every level, the interaction between businesses and customers is changing.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

What creates job satisfaction?

April 20 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

We spend most of our adult life at work, and being happy in our jobs can have a big impact on how we feel. We investigate job satisfaction, and what companies can do to improve employees’ happiness.

A list compiled by Best Companies, an organisation that specialises in compiling yearly employee engagement surveys, has outlined the ‘best UK companies to work for’ in 2015. They are separated into not for profit companies, small companies, medium companies, big companies and housing associations.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Big data: changing the way businesses are run

We explore the values of big data and how they are shaping the manner in which companies work.

Businesses have been harnessing the power of data for decades, deriving value from sets of numbers, statistics, and information. However, the demand for more in-depth and better real-time data has seen the rise of big data and the various ways in which companies can utilise it.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

#StartupSpotlight: Purplebricks is redefining how estate agencies work

April 16 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

Michael Bruce, CEO and founding partner of disruptive hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, spoke with LSBF in the latest edition of Startup Spotlight.

Elevator pitch

Purplebricks.com is a disruptive hybrid estate agency model - we combine the expertise of a Local Property Expert with a unique online platform, giving customers a 24/7 service at a fraction of the cost charged by high street estate agencies.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Investment in emerging market startups continues to grow

April 16 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Startups in developing economies witness growing investment as evidence supporting the value of SMEs emerges.

The lifecycle of startups can be cut short in the early stages due to limited access to funds. This is a problem that many budding businesses in emerging markets have encountered. However, this capital chasm is being bridged by a number of accelerators and seed funds who have recognised the potential that emerging market startups hold.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Hiring from other sectors could improve gender equality in tech

April 16 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

With Google hiring former Wall Street executive Ruth Porat as its new CFO, the issue of gender equality in tech has come to the fore again.

Ms Porat will be the highest ranking woman at Google, helping to solve the issue of a male-dominated workforce.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Emerging markets lead green energy charge

April 15 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Recently released figures are proving that the global pursuit to utilise sustainable energy is being led by emerging markets.

Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impacts their country, economy, and businesses are having on the world, sustainable energy is widely thought to be most prevalent in the developed world. However, it seems that developing countries are becoming real pioneers of the revolution.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Should companies do more to help entry-level workers’ education?

April 13 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Adding to the executive education funds provided by several companies, we explore if employers offering educational sponsorships to entry-level employees would be beneficial.

Following Starbucks and McDonald’s announcements in the past month stating that educational funding for employees would now be extended to cover four years of education, it may be worth looking at whether employees and organisations could benefit from encouraging entry-level workers to study.

 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

The future of work: what can we expect?

April 13 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

What will the future hold for the way in which we work?

The expected output of work, the dynamics of an office environment, and the technology we utilise are a variety of variables that could very well dictate the way we work in the future.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

#StartupSpotlight: Tempus Energy aims to shake up UK energy market

April 09 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we speak with Sara Bell, CEO and founder of Tempus Energy, a new renewables-focused ‘disrupt’ energy supplier in the UK.

Elevator pitch

Tempus Energy has developed a disruptive technology to create cost savings across the electricity supply chain. In March 2015, we launched a new kind of electricity supplier, which matches customers’ energy use with times when renewable generation is plentiful and wholesale prices are lower.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Bridging the economic North/South divide in the UK

April 09 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

Steps could be taken to narrow the gap between the economies of the North and the South of England.

The divide between the North and the South is not an exact line, but one that was once based largely in cultural differences. In more recent times, a lot of attention has been paid to the gap between the economies of these two different regions, which dramatically widened over the past decade.

 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

SMEs can help tackle youth unemployment, says CIPD

April 08 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

According to CIPD’s recent research into young people and the workplace, SMEs can help overcome youth unemployment in Britain.

Over the last three years, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have been collating information to establish the levels of employer engagement with young people – those aged 16 to 24. The Learning to Work survey report has been created with a particular focus on the recruitment of young people and the types of programmes offered to them by organisations.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

GoDaddy raises $460m as IPO exceeds market expectations

April 07 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Web hosting company GoDaddy has enjoyed an extremely successful debut on the stock market.

GoDaddy’s initial public offering (IPO) not only exceeded analysts’ expectations, but performed better than it had anticipated. The technology provider to small businesses priced its shares at $20 each, higher than the estimated range of $17 to $19.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

UN report shows green energy investments rose 17% last year

Global investments in green energy surged by 17 per cent in 2014 to $270 billion.

The world witnessed a strong rebound in global green energy investment last year, despite the price of crude oil sharply declining from mid to late 2014, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

It was the first annual increase in dollars invested in and committed to renewables (excluding large hydro-electric projects) in the last three years, as total investment grew by 17 per cent to $270 billion.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

£10 million funding to boost tourism in the North of England

April 02 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid have announced a £10 million fund to boost tourism in the North of England.

The fund will go towards a new initiative that will see tourism bodies, such as ‘Cumbria Tourism’ and ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’, work together to attract overseas visitors to the North.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Economic growth predictions revised higher in UK

April 02 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Final figures for 2014 show the UK’s economy expanded faster than initially estimated.

Figures showing activity for the last quarter expanded at 0.6 per cent instead of 0.5 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Furthermore, the unexpected revision also increased growth for the whole year, which rose from 2.6 per cent to 2.8 per cent - the highest annual growth rate since 2006.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

UK pension reforms: what are their potential impacts?

April 01 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

On Monday 6 April, new rules will come into place that will allow pensioners full access to their retirement funds. But what could this mean in practice?

From the beginning of next week, people drawing a pension will not have to take an annuity, but instead can decide how much they want to take out of their pension and when.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

March news round-up

April 01 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Welcome to this month’s news round-up of all the major stories that have kept us talking this March.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Santander backs mobile payments start-up MyCheck

Mobile payments start-up, MyCheck, secures $5 million in Series B funding led by Santander.

MyCheck, the mobile payments service, completed its second round of funding, resulting in $5 million of investment for the start-up. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

New survey shows rising optimism in UK financial services

March 31 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Survey illustrates that optimism in UK financial services is on the up.

Financial firms in the UK are becoming more optimistic, according to a recent CBI/PwC survey. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

New research could affect which jobs applicants apply for

March 31 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Job seekers can now get an insight into individual companies before deciding to work for them thanks to new research and an innovative online tool created by Emolument.

Emolument Employer is a new service allowing individuals to access accurate pay data, including average salary details for a range of positions across a wide number of notable employers.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

TV show to follow young tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Channel 4 show ‘How to be a Young Billionaire’ will follow three young entrepreneurs attempting to make their multi-billion pound start-up dreams come true in Silicon Valley.

The three entrepreneurs on How to be a Young Billionaire - Josh, Julia, and Robyn - are all in their twenties, with big ambitions. Josh is working on a game, but needs an investment of $5m to complete it; Julia has created an app for teenagers to share secrets and wants to grow her user base; and Robyn is attempting to move her lesbian dating venture to the USA.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

#StartupSpotlight: SATcase keeps you connected to the world, anytime and anywhere

March 30 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we speak with Jim Thomson, CEO of SATcase™, a reliable communications device aimed at keeping remote-area travellers and workers connected to the world at all times.

Elevator Pitch:

SATcase™ is a revolutionary new communications device that uses satellite technology to help keep people safe in remote areas of the globe.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

New tech funding to boost startups in the North

UK chancellor George Osborne’s £11 million budget pledge will support new technology companies in the north of England.

The budget investment pledge for incubators is a welcome investment for startups in places like Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield, which have seen huge rates of growth in the technology sector.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1