LSBF Blog - Global Matters
New research from ACCA has found that the UK government is among the most positive towards SMEs in the world.
The UK has received plenty of praise recently for the welcome it extends to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). So it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s been voted one of the most business-friendly environments in the world, according to a new report from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).Read more >>
KPMG is trying to attract smaller businesses with a new cloud-based accountancy service.
KPMG is well known in the professional services sector for providing support to some of the UK’s biggest companies. In fact, it serves nearly a quarter of the companies on the FTSE 100. But it sees its next stage of growth as appealing to smaller businesses, and it’s doing that by stepping into cloud-based services.Read more >>
New sources of investment are setting up to serve London’s tech entrepreneurship scene.
London is rapidly solidifying its place among the world’s top startup destinations. There is a huge amount of potential within the capital’s bustling ecosystem, where firms with lots of potential can find the right support from mentors and investors alike.
TechCrunch Disrupt has highlighted just a small selection of the talent within the UK and Europe more broadly this week. There’s plenty more out there, too. Investment keeps flooding into London to make the most of the city’s potential.Read more >>
Small businesses are seeking fresh growth in the UK with two-thirds anticipating double-digit growth in 2015 but are also concerned about having the resources to support it, an EE survey has found.
It’s generally accepted that conditions are getting better and better for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the UK, and since SMEs make up the vast majority of all UK firms, they’re expected to be the engine of economic growth.
A recent study found that although this may be true, SMEs also have concerns about developing the right base from which to expand.Read more >>
Rohan Silva, former adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, has spoken of the benefits London offers for tech startups.
London is a great place to be a tech startup with plenty of opportunities, according to a former adviser to the prime minister.Read more >>
Singapore and Hong Kong have much in common, but they are also competitors in Asia’s financial system.
When you think of finance in Asia, there are a few distinct locations that spring to mind. Tokyo and Shanghai are among the most well-known, but by far the most influential on the global and regional stages are Hong Kong and Singapore.
The two jurisdictions have a lot in common in many respects. They’re small cities that punch well above their weight in the global financial landscape, commonly used as bases for businesses looking to invest or expand into key Asian markets. Both have strong links with China, as well as with other key emerging economies across Asia-Pacific.Read more >>
Employment in London’s finance sector is at a record high, according to figures from TheCityUK.
Positive news has been appearing for some time on the UK financial services sector, with data suggesting that new business confidence is pushing demand and employment higher. But new figures from TheCityUK indicate that the City is well and truly back on its feet.Read more >>
TechCrunch has launched its Disrupt Europe conference in the capital, highlighting some of Europe’s top tech talent.
TechCrunch opened the European leg of its Disrupt conferences in London last weekend, highlighting the capital’s top tech startups and the huge amount of potential both in the UK and Europe as a whole. Here are just a few of the events that will make this celebration of European tech one to remember for London.Read more >>
Apple says that over 500 financial institutions have signed up to its new payment service.
When Apple launched its new mobile wallet service last month, it would have been easy to lose sight of it in the furore over the tech giant’s long-awaited smartwatch. But it’s a major innovation in its own right that will finally introduce near-field communication (NFC) payment technology to iPhones and iPads, as they have existed in some Android models for some time.
The world of finance clearly agrees, since Apple says that its new mobile payments service has already seen more than 500 separate banks and financial institutions sign up.Read more >>
Aspiring entrepreneurs should consider joining business societies while they are at university, says Canadian entrepreneur Emerson Csorba.
For a lot of students, the beginning of the year comes with plans to join all manner of societies. From choirs to sci-fi clubs, film societies and sports teams, there’s really no limits to the variety of extracurricular activities open to them. But for undergraduate and postgraduates alike with an interest in business, entrepreneurial societies should be at the top of the list.Read more >>
A survey has found that experts believe traditional classrooms could be a thing of the past by 2030.
Education is undergoing major change, not just in the UK but worldwide. As technology evolves and learning itself becomes ever more globalised, new teaching methods have become the norm. Yet an entirely different form of education is also on the rise – and the growth of online learning shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, a recent survey suggests that e-learning could well become the norm.Read more >>
Recruiter report claims that skills gaps in the growing UK job market are attracting foreign talent.
The UK’s economic recovery is the envy of many other countries. While even some developed economies are struggling to get back into a growth phase, workers from around the world are increasingly looking to the UK for a fresh wave of opportunities. They’re also helping to fill the skills gaps exposed by fresh demand.
According to one expert, talent from struggling economies elsewhere are flocking to the UK to continue this trend.Read more >>
London has seen a sharp rise in job openings and applications as the labour market gets back on track after the summer.
The summer months are normally a quiet period in the job market, as employers and job-hunters alike take time off and August in particular sees a lull in recruitment activity. As new figures from CV Library show, in London the labour market is back on track now that autumn has arrived.Read more >>
BSkyB is just one of the big investors injecting cash into promising startups as the outlook for tech entrepreneurship grows in optimism.
Considering the pace of growth among some of the world’s most promising startups, it’s hardly surprising that investors are looking for the next big tech phenomenon. In the past week alone, some major rounds of financing have been announced that show venture capital is still flowing into these promising firms.Read more >>
Amazon’s impressive growth is continuing with new jobs being created in its UK distribution centres.
Amazon has invested more than £1 billion so far in making its operations in the UK a success. Both here and worldwide, it’s become such a significant part of the retail landscape that it’s hard to imagine shopping without it – and with Christmas looming on the horizon, it’s guaranteed to see a huge spike in demand.
However, Amazon is also planning for longer term growth in the coming months.Read more >>
Twitter has teamed up with a French bank to allow users to transfer money by tweet.
Apple recently announced its Apple Pay service for the new iPhones. Facebook is rumoured to be developing apayment system for its Messenger function. Now, Twitter is catching onto the payment revolution by offering users in France the chance to transfer money by tweet.Read more >>
A new report from DHL has highlighted the huge potential of exports in helping SMEs grow.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the driving force behind most world economies, but international trade could well be the most important element in giving them the boost they need. According to a new reportconducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit by logistics and delivery firm DHL Express, overcoming global barriers could lead to a significant change in the way small firms draw their revenue.Read more >>
Entrepreneurs find that access to finance is still the biggest barrier to succeeding in business, a study has shown.
The UK has a strong base of entrepreneurs setting up new businesses every day – and small and medium-sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the nation’s economy. Yet according to a new study from EY, there are still obstacles holding them back from setting up and growing their businesses.Read more >>
The British Chambers of Commerce has called for more concerted efforts to find solutions to challenges facing would-be exporters in the UK.
The head of one of the UK’s most influential business organisations has voiced his support for further efforts to promote exports from the UK.Read more >>
New figures show that small businesses in the UK are at their most confident in as long as four years.
Small and medium enterprises (SME) are more confident than they have been for four years, according to new figures.
The latest version of the annual Sage Business Index shows that SME confidence about their own prospects reached a score of 66.29 – 3.74 points above the score in 2013 and the highest for four years. Since that goes back to 2010 when the effects of the financial crisis were still being felt far more keenly than they are today, that’s a very encouraging statistic.Read more >>
The UK job market is going from strength to strength, according to data from a number of recent surveys.
Employment is continuing to rise across the UK, as a fresh batch of surveys have pointed towards even better times to come for Britain’s labour market.Read more >>
The Great Tech Expedition has taken some of the UK’s best new tech businesses to showcase their achievements in the US.
The UK has been building a reputation as a leading technology hub in the past few years. Recently new figures were published indicating that London tech firms has attracted record levels of venture capital investment, as testament to the high potential of some of the nation’s most promising young firms. An ambitious trade mission has taken a few of Britain’s most promising firms to the US to show off what makes them so special.Read more >>
Europe’s boards are slowly becoming more diverse, a new study shows – and the UK is gaining ground.
The UK has been taking steps to improve female representation on company boards for years. Although progress is slow – as it often is when businesses are expected to affect cultural and practical change – the proportion of women sitting on boards is steadily rising. As a new study shows, Britain is gaining ground against the rest of Europe as a result.Read more >>