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5 Bosses You Don’t Want to Become

April 23 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Everyone knows that moving up the career ladder is a tough task, but avoid turning into one of these horrible bosses.

Getting that first job is hard enough, but progressing in your career’s far from simple. Taking on responsibility for managing others can be an important part of that learning curve – but it’s important to become the right kind of boss.

It’s safe to say these people never learned that lesson. Here are some of the worst bosses ever to have graced your TV screen or cinema. A word to the wise: whatever they do, do the opposite.

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Microsoft could get rid of Nokia brand

Microsoft stands primed and ready to take over Nokia, and it could be planning to do away with the famous brand name.

There was a time when virtually everyone carried a Nokia phone in their pocket. Popular models such as the 3210 and 3310 enjoyed large market shares. Almost everyone knew someone who had a Nokia device, at least in key markets in Europe and the US. But with Microsoft poised to take the company over, one of the most recognisable names in technology could be about to disappear.

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4 Annoying Office Types and How to Handle Them

April 22 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Everyone knows one of these jerks in their office. How do you deal with them?

Climbing the career ladder can be tough but rewarding, and if you have great colleagues the job becomes much easier. Yet every office has that one person who manages to irritate everyone at once – and it’s everyone’s job to deal with them.

Here are some of the most common types of office jerk, as well as some tips to handle them.

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British Airways Plans to Use Garbage as Fuel

April 22 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

British Airways is planning to break new ground by running flights powered by rubbish. The airline is hoping to change the face of travel and improve its carbon footprint by running flights powered by landfill waste.

The company has announced that it is partnering with Solena Fuels to build a specialised facility that will convert rubbish into airline fuel – the first of its kind in the world. Due for completion in 2017, the plant will create up to 150 permanent jobs on top of the 1,000 workers who will be required to build the site itself.

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Do you have what it takes to be a management consultant?

April 21 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Management consulting is one of those professions everybody’s heard of, but few seem to really understand. Do you have what it takes?

What’s the job?

You’ll hear lots of jargon and buzzwords around management consulting, but in its purest form it’s a fairly simple role to understand. It involves conducting thorough analysis and assessing the processes and procedures in an organisation, before providing objective advice on everything from IT systems and supply chain management to human resources and marketing techniques.

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How to pass the ACCA F8 and P7 papers

April 18 ,2014 | by Paul Merison

By Paul Merison*

I have been an audit tutor for almost 18 years. Throughout that time, students have struggled to pass audit papers. In fact I regularly meet students who have only 2 papers left to complete their ACCA exams – F8 and P7. It happens far too often.

So, here is my advice on how to pass F8 and P7 (it is mostly the same advice for both papers).

But this will not make you pass.

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Disney Asian Operations Exit to Cost Pakistan $200m

April 18 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Disney’s decision to decamp from Pakistan to India and China could cost Pakistan millions. Why has the decision been taken?

It may have been rumoured for several months, but now that Disney has gone through with its plans to pull all sourcing operations out of Pakistan, the country is concerned about the damage that has been done to its reputation and finances alike.

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London Top Choice for European Businesses

April 17 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

London is home to more companies’ European headquarters than any other city, according to new research from Deloitte. What keeps the capital so popular?

Most Londoners will say there’s something very special about the capital, but it seems that the world’s big businesses would agree with them. According to new research from Deloitte, London really is the business capital of Europe.

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China growth rate beats expectations despite slowdown

April 17 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

China’s economy grew by 7.4 per cent in Q1 compared to the previous year, figures show. Though the country is experiencing a slowdown, it’s still beating expectations.

China’s growth rate has been the envy of developed economies around the world for years, but signs have emerged that it might be slowing down.

New figures show that the nation’s economy surpassed expectations and grew by 7.4 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of the year. This is much higher than many Western economies – after all, the EY ITEM Club has forecast the UK will grow by 2.9 per cent

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Are we really in a Tech Bubble?

April 16 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

The technology sector has apparently gone from strength to strength recently – but is it a bubble and if so, will it burst?

When the company behind Candy Crush Saga said it was planning an initial public offering (IPO), many commentators saw the initial valuation of King Digital Entertainment Plc at $7.6 billion (£4.54 billion) as over-ambitious. By the time shares had fallen by over 15 per cent at the end of its first day of trading, it seemed they had been proved right.

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10 best places to visit in London this summer

April 16 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Few cities are as exciting as London, but what are the best things to do in the UK capital?

For centuries London has been known as one of the biggest business centres in Europe and the world. But it’s also a vibrant and fast-moving city which is packed with attractions to visit. Whether you’ve visited before or you’re totally new to the capital, here are some of the biggest visitor attractions you can’t afford to miss.

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EU plans high-frequency trading crackdown

April 16 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

New restrictions on high-frequency trading are planned in the European Union (EU), but analysts are divided on the proposals.

High-frequency trading is about to become subject to tough new rules within the EU. Policymakers are preparing to pass new legislation that will place some of the world’s strictest regulations on the practice, which uses computers and complex algorithms to monitor different markets at the same time and place multiple orders at once.

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5 Tips to get a great job in ecommerce accounting

April 15 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

There are some excellent opportunities for the right graduates in the ecommerce accounting sector.

Accounting is a fantastic sector to work in. With a great starting salary, strong prospects and the freedom to work in countries all over the world with the right qualifications, the possibilities are virtually endless. But one sector in particular where the future looks bright is ecommerce.

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UK earnings to surpass inflation: are people better off at last?

April 15 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Earnings are expected to increase faster than inflation when new figures are published this week. The squeeze on budgets in UK households is expected to show signs of easing when new figures are published.

Official data is expected to show that the average weekly earnings of a UK worker rose by 1.8 per cent in the three months up to February, Reuters reports. Since the last consumer price index (CPI) inflation measurements showed that prices had risen by 1.7 per cent, it seems wages are slowly beginning to rise in real terms.

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IMF points to Pakistan economy surge

April 15 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Pakistan’s economy has surged forward in the past few months, according to a recent report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Pakistan’s economic performance is often overshadowed by growth in other emerging markets, but the IMF has recently said that the country is very much on the rise.

According to The Nation, IMF Pakistan Mission Head Jeffery Franks told Private TV last week that the IMF is continuing to approve loans because it has seen the benefits of the Pakistan government. He said that the government seems “resolved to introduce economic reforms”, which are sorely needed if the country

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In Pictures: Trading and Market Analysis Week 2014 at LSBF

April 14 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

For five days, a classroom at LSBF’s London City Campus has been converted into a fully-fledged trading floor as students in the GGSB MSc in Finance programme took part in the Trading & Financial Market Analysis week 2014, a practical experience in trading and risk management.

The programme was delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading Ltd, a City of London trading firm that specialises in market analysis, global trading, professional training and trader development.

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Thomson Reuters Explores Business Opportunities in Iran

April 14 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Thomson Reuters has said it is in talks with the Tehran Stock Exchange about potential opportunities in Iran. Is this a sign of change in the country’s relationship with the world?

Iran has been a thorny issue for Western powers in recent years, but as sanctions ease on the West Asian country, it seems that companies are becoming more interested in where it could take them.

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Google Glass on Sale Tomorrow – What’s Google’s Goal?

April 14 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Tomorrow, 15 April, will see Google make Glass available to more people than ever before, but what does it expect to achieve?

Google Glass is clearly one of the tech giant’s flagship projects, having been tested over the past few months and widely touted as one of the top contenders to become the future of wearable technology. However, up to now a relatively small numbers of early adopters have been testing the device and offering feedback to its makers. Next week, that pool of testers will be expanded again.

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European firms prefer dividends over re-investing in businesses

April 11 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

New analysis shows that companies across Europe are looking more at paying dividends than reinvesting in their operations.

From the moment a company considers pursuing an initial public offering (IPO), they know they are ceding some control to shareholders who will want to see returns on their investment. But in some companies around Europe in particular, new research has found that paying shareholder dividends is taking precedence over reinvesting cash in the business itself.

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Understanding ‘Heartbleed’: the latest major online security threat

Millions of web users have been told to change all of their passwords as a result of Heartbleed. So what is it and why has it caused so much damage?

The notorious Heartbleed incident has caused major security panic and prompted companies to insist that web users change all their passwords. But it’s also left many users wondering where the problem has come from and how serious the damage is. So what is Heartbleed and how bad is the threat?

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VIDEO: Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates Discuss Helping Others and Sharing Their Wealth

April 10 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Watch Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, Hollywood star Matt Damon and Ukrainian entrepreneur Victor Pinchuk discuss their separate philanthropic efforts to help others around the world. Their success has enabled them to help others in need and that motivation acts as a great source of inspiration for all.

 

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Should you start saving for retirement now? Study says “Yes”

April 10 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

A recent study has found that saving during your twenties alone can lead to a bigger pension pot than 40 years of contributions in later life. So when should you really start saving?

Saving for retirement during your twenties can earn you a better pension than 40 years of saving from ages of 30 to 70, according to a new study from research firm CLSA.

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Gender Pay Gap Debate Rages on ‘Equal Pay Day’ for Women

April 10 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

8 April saw Equal Pay Day reopen discussion on the US gender pay gap. But how big is it really and what is being done?

This Tuesday was a symbolic day for American workers. 8 April supposedly represents the date until which a US woman would have to work to earn what the average man took home in 2013. Equal Pay Day, as it has become known in the US, has become a focal point for discussion about the gender pay gap which is still taking its toll, not just in the US but around the world.

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Nissan Signs UEFA Champions League Deal

April 09 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

UEFA has agreed a multimillion pound sponsorship deal with Nissan for the Champions’ League up to season 2017-18.

The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest tournaments European football teams will compete in and draws some of the biggest viewing and attendance figures in the world. It’s easy to see why major companies view it as a great sponsorship opportunity, a chance to spread awareness of their brands on one of the sporting world’s biggest stages.

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How Did Nigeria Become Africa’s Biggest Economy?

April 09 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

How did Nigeria nearly double the size of its economy last weekend?

Nigeria is often seen as a developing economy with lots of potential. It’s included in the unlikely combination of nations that make up the promising ‘MINT’ economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey), but it has generally been thought it has much to do to catch up with Africa’s biggest economy, South Africa.

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