LSBF Blog - Global Matters
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Welcome to this month’s news round-up of all the major stories that have kept us talking this March.Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
SATcase™ is a revolutionary new communications device that uses satellite technology to help keep people safe in remote areas of the globe.Read more >>
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 >>
An interactive map has revealed previously hidden locations of renewable water source heat which could soon be heating up to one million homes across England.
The innovative Water Source Heat Map has revealed secret energy in over 4,000 rivers, estuaries, canals and coastal sites across the country. Together, these sources could provide over six gigawatts of low-carbon heat to homes and business premises across the country.Read more >>
Investment in financial technology companies has trebled last year.
The digital revolution in financial services is picking up steam, according to a report from Accenture. Global investment in financial technology businesses tripled to more than $12.2 billion in 2014, up from a little over $4 billion in 2013.Read more >>
Two global food companies, Kraft and Heinz, are set to merge to create the world’s fifth largest food group.
Kraft’s share price surged after a deal was announced for the group to merge with food giant, Heinz, in a move worth $46 billion that will create the third-largest food and drinks company in the US and the fifth largest in the whole world.Read more >>
A major poll from the Forum of Private Business offers insight into the challenges faced by UK SMEs.
Research published by the Forum of Private Business has indicated that the growth of UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is stifled by the growing costs of doing business.Read more >>
Smaller fintech startups are continuing to compete with the individual services of bigger banks.
The banking industry is under attack from a swarm of smaller fintech firms who are not looking to usurp their places in the banking industry, but are challenging one of the many services that big banks provide.Read more >>
When businesses are starting out it’s crucial they get to grips with numbers. Firms will need to know their outgoings and levels of earnings in order to calculate profit. However, it’s not always as easy as that.
According to Startups.co.uk, successful managers will focus on a broad range of metrics. Here, we have outlined the six most important for managers to understand.Read more >>
The O2-Hutchison Whampoa deal, set to be finalised in the near future, will create the UK’s largest mobile group.
Hutchison Whampoa has reached a “definitive agreement” with Telefonica to buy its O2 mobile phone network for £10.25 billion, in a move that will create the UK’s biggest mobile operator.
The decision follows on from weeks of negotiations that were first announced in late January, and is the latest buy in a spending spree by Li Ka-shing, owner of Hutchison Whampoa.Read more >>
Women make up less than a quarter of FTSE 100 directors. While the representation of women in the boardroom has increased slowly, how can more women be encouraged to reach for the top?
The Women and Work Commission recently found that if all women were able to perform to their full potential, they could contribute approximately £23 billion to the economy. Additionally, research conducted by McKinsey & Company found that companies with more women on their boards significantly outperform companies with no female representation.Read more >>