LSBF Blog - Global Matters
Better-than-expected GDP figures and a 15-year high in consumer confidence have both boosted the UK economy.
There has been a double boost for the UK economy yesterday (June 30th), with statistics revealing not only that growth has been stronger than expected this year, but that consumer confidence has jumped.
The Office for National Statistics says that gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, greater than the 0.3 per cent it initially estimated.Read more >>
Greece now looks likely to default on loans and could exit the euro as banks close and prime minister Alexis Tsipras calls a referendum.
Shares have fallen around Europe today (29 June) as markets react to the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, where banks are expected to remain closed all week.
The FTSE 100 ended the day down nearly two per cent, as banking and travel stocks reacted negatively to Greece inching closer to leaving the euro.Read more >>
Governments should ramp up investment in research to power innovation in renewable energy, says Bill Gates.
Philanthropist Bill Gates has called on governments to shift to funding research into renewable energies, instead of merely subsidising it.Read more >>
New research shows that the cities of New York and London provide the best environment for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
New York and London are the top two cities for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, according to a new report. The research, published by innovation charity Nesta, Accenture and the Future Cities Catapult, sought to measure how well a city strives to support budding businesses in the tech community.Read more >>
Cole Commission report urges UK government to further support and fund small exporters to help reach £1 trillion goal.
The UK’s government has been called upon to improve British exports by a new report, which suggests cabinet-led action to make it easier to support businesses. Commissioned by the last Labour opposition, the study said that improving UK exports was a “huge task” that should not be underestimated.Read more >>
Bank of England deputy governor Jon Cunliffe forecasts improvement in Britain’s productivity as reserve of spare labour runs out.
The solution to Britain’s productivity problem could be just around the corner, according to Jon Cunliffe, the Bank of England’s (BOE’s) deputy governor for financial stability. He predicts that productivity in the UK is set to gradually increase as the economy’s spare labour capacity dries up.
Speaking in Luton, Mr Cunliffe outlined how several factors were aligning to suggest that productivity growth in Britain would resume after eight years of contraction.Read more >>
European stock markets surge on renewed optimism over the Greek debt crisis.
Equities in Europe took a positive turn after new developments in the ongoing Greek debt crisis on Monday 22nd June. Hopes for a coming deal between the heavily indebted nation and its European creditors soared on news that Greece had submitted a new reform proposal that sought a compromise on key issues.Read more >>
Market regulator of India, Sebi, will create a platform to help startups get listed and raise funds.
India’s market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), will be implementing new changes to help startups access funding and go public. The plans will embrace current technology to create a new electronic system for startups that wish to embark on their initial public offering (IPO).Read more >>
The UK’s hottest tech startups part of London Tech City’s Future Fifty are growing at six times the rate than other UK businesses.
Startups that are part of Tech City’s Future Fifty, some of the UK’s leading digital businesses, have been found to be growing at a rate that is six times faster than the national average.Read more >>
The Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, surpassed Europe in terms of private wealth, says Boston Consulting Group report.
Asia surpassed Europe to become the world’s second-richest region in terms of private wealth last year, according to new research. Private wealth in the Asia Pacific, which excludes Japan, grew by a steep 29 per cent in 2014 to nearly £30 trillion. The stellar rise was aided by increase in the number of millionaires in India and China.Read more >>
Many claim new technological advances pose a threat to employment as real people are replaced by software - but is this really the case?
Those who believe that technology is having a detrimental effect on jobs often point to industries like manufacturing, where machines are now carrying out the work that people used to do. A more recent example is the services industry, with the introduction of self-checkouts.Read more >>
Small businesses in the UK are growing at their fastest rate in seven years, says Enterprise Research Centre report.
The UK’s population of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is growing at its fastest rate of growth since the financial crisis in 2008, according to new research.
Published today, June 17th, the Enterprise Research Centre’s (ERC’s) report claimed that the private sector in Britain saw more than 600,000 new jobs added in 2014. Small businesses in the UK have now regained “the ground lost” in the recession as the economy continues to flourish.Read more >>
London Technology Week 2015 launches, with Mayor Boris Jonhson attending, as research shows the UK capital is the tech hub of Europe.
The burgeoning tech scene of the UK’s capital was confirmed to be the best in Europe by new research, which was published to celebrate the opening of London Technology Week. The event is set to last all week, scheduled until Sunday, 21 June.
In fact, London was the premier choice for almost three times as many tech startups as the next attractive city Paris. Over 1,000 tech startups came to London between 2005 and 2014, nearly triple the 381 startups that set up shop in Paris.Read more >>
Wages in Britain will increase at fastest rate since the 2007 financial crisis, predicts independent thinktank.
When official figures are published later this week, workers in the UK are likely to see that real wages have grown at their fastest rate since before the financial crisis, according to a new forecast.
Independent thinktank Resolution Foundation expects that the coming release of employment figures will show that average weekly wages grew by 2.5 to 2.6 per cent in April this year, when compared with the same month last year. If we take into account that inflation has been near zero for the last few months, then real wages rose between 2.5 to 2.7 per cent - a near eight-year high.Read more >>
The UK economy could receive a welcome boost from exporting the higher education sector as a whole, says Universities UK research.
Higher education plays an essential role in the UK’s economy, supporting the uptake of skills while driving innovation and attracting investment and talent. New research this week from Universities UK shows that education exports offer a valuable contribution to Britain and its economy, creating a high-growth industry in its own right.Read more >>
A plan to craft a business out of creating solutions to big-city problems has been unveiled by Google.
Internet search giant Google announced the launch of a company devoted to tackling the problems experienced by the world’s 3.5 billion city dwellers. The new subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, will concentrate on developing and incubating urban technologies that can be implemented in cities across the globe.Read more >>
UK Chancellor George Osborne will announce plans to create a law banning future governments from running a deficit.
The UK’s chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, will use his yearly speech at Mansion House the evening of June 10th to announce plans to introduce a law that forces future governments to run a budget surplus. It will effectively require governments to stop spending all the taxes and money it collects in “normal” economic conditions, instead saving some for times of hardship.Read more >>
Research suggests collective value of online shopping in US, China, UK and Germany will double by 2018 to £645 billion.
The four largest online shopping markets in the world will continue to grow over the next three years, with new research suggesting that the size of the market will double to £645 billion by 2018.Read more >>
The UK’s economy is on a “firm footing” after growing faster than predicted in 2014 according to CBI forecast.
Britain’s economy has nothing to worry about, despite a slight downgrade in recent growth forecasts. In fact, the UK’s economy is on a “firm footing” after growth in 2014 surpassed expectations. Predictions point towards solid, steady and sustainable growth in 2016, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).Read more >>
Data-oriented health tech startups grow in strength as experts note that the recent boom is no bubble.
The number of health-focused companies that utilise data analysis techniques is not likely to decline any time soon, according to a panel of speakers from health technology companies at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Meanwhile, the surge in these startups is driving a wave of recruitment of some of the internet’s top talent.Read more >>
UK Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to sell off government's remaining 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail.
In a bid to further reduce the budget deficit, UK chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to sell the remaining 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail. The shares are currently worth £1.5 billion and the sale will begin later this year, Mr Osborne announced on Thursday.
The plans were detailed alongside £3 billion worth of debt-reduction measures, which highlight the Conservatives' pledge to wipe out national debt.Read more >>
Speaking at the Going Global conference, former Universities Minister David Willetts called for funding support for students looking to study abroad.
The Treasury should extend student loan funding to support students who wish to complete some of their studies abroad, according to David Willetts, the former Universities Minister. Speaking at the British Council’s Going Global conference this week, Mr Willetts lamented the lack of progressive funding schemes like those found in “enlightened” countries such as Norway.Read more >>
The UK’s capital is set to experience a decade of jobs growth, while an increase in investment sparks hiring from tech startups.
Hiring from finance and technology companies will soar over the next decade in a post-financial crisis boom, according to new research. Meanwhile, surging venture capital investment is expected to boost hiring at British tech startups.Read more >>
Businesses see costs of cyber attacks more than double to £1.46 million on average in the past year.
Cyber security breaches in UK businesses are rising once again and the average costs incurred by a break-in continued to soar. In fact, the average starting costs of the worst single breach suffered spiked higher for all sizes of businesses and more than doubled for most, according to a government-commissioned report from PwC.Read more >>
Leading employers rate work experience as the most valuable asset in graduates, says Universum study.
Work experience is “the most popular qualification among those presented” and is valued more highly than grades achieved or the university attended by graduates. In fact, 58% of employers said work experience and sport impressed them the most, according to new research.
The survey of employers, conducted by Universum - a specialist in employer branding analytics - found that the second-most important aspect was a student’s personality (48% picked this) and only 16% looked for grades from a prestigious university. Merely 15% of respondents favoured a degree from a specific university over anything else.Read more >>