LSBF Blog - Global Matters
As solar farms continue to multiply in number across the UK, we consider the impact this will have in the future.
The UK is becoming increasingly fond of solar power, with solar farms springing up in all four corners of the country. Preliminary figures show that, in 2014, the UK installed the most new solar power capacity out of all European countries, with current figures illustrating that the country is on track to retain its title this year.Read more >>
In the wake of Tesco’s mega loss, we wonder if it’s time for the death of the big supermarket.
Tesco’s pre-tax annual loss of £6.4 billion last year came as a surprise: analysts had only been estimating a loss of around £4 billion. It was the biggest loss in Tesco’s 96-year history, the sixth biggest corporate loss in the UK, and the largest annual loss ever witnessed by a British retailer.Read more >>
While the world studies the environmental impacts of climate change, what are the potential financial risks that businesses face?
Climate change “can no longer be denied”, according to US president Barack Obama. Data shows that increasing amounts of public money in the US is being spent on environmental protection.Read more >>
In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we spoke with Céline Lazorthes, CEO and Founder of Mangopay, a new marketplace and crowdfunding payment platform.
Mangopay enables marketplaces and crowdfunding platforms to accept third-party payments, create and manage e-wallets (white label), split funds and collect fees in a simple, secure and transparent way.Read more >>
We explore the advantages of studying abroad and discuss whether the experience boosts your employment prospects.
Studying abroad is something which attracts and inspires thousands of young people every year. Go International’s ‘Gone International’ study found that, of 233,185 graduates in 2013, over ten thousand had spent time studying in a country outside of the UK.Read more >>
Areas local to Gatwick airport could benefit from the largest oil find in the last 30 years.
After a well was drilled in the vicinity of Gatwick airport last year, analysis has revealed that there may be up to 100 billion barrels of oil in the local area of Horse Hill, according to exploration firm UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG).Read more >>
The great Chinese engine of growth has slowed further, but what does it really mean?
China’s economic growth forecasts have been cut to just seven per cent for 2015, and first quarter growth for this year was shown to slow to seven per cent, which was a six-year low. But while China’s economic activity remains much higher than those of most other countries, the slowdown is still thought to be a cause for concern by many analysts.Read more >>
Could energy efficiency help businesses? We look into the impact sustainable design and green buildings could have on the UK economy.
Construction firm Balfour Beatty recently created the UK’s most environmentally friendly building for Girton College at the University of Cambridge. The new student halls receive half of their energy from renewable sources with a design that surpasses efficiency guidelines by 40%.Read more >>
The financial technology sector is continuing to attract large amounts of investment well into 2015.
In 2014, the FinTech industry attracted more than $12 billion in investment. Today, the appetite for FinTech startups among venture capital funds continues to grow.
Europe enjoyed the most impressive growth rate, with FinTech investment rising 215 per cent to $1.48 billion in 2014, according to Accenture. Of all European countries it was the UK and Ireland that excelled, accounting for 42 per cent of European investment in the sector.Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Michael Bruce, CEO and founding partner of disruptive hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, spoke with LSBF in the latest edition of Startup Spotlight.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>