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Claire Payne is a journalism graduate and former News Writer for LSBF. She writes about SMEs, education and careers, entrepreneurship, women in business and sustainability.

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Small business investment schemes need more exposure, says IoD

August 04 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Small business investment schemes need more exposure, says IoD

More people are using investment schemes like SEIS and EIS to invest in small businesses, but there is potential for further growth.

A growing number of small and medium-size enterprises are taking advantage of government schemes designed to make it easier to attract investors, but there is still a lot of untapped potential that firms are missing out on.

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FTSE boosted by takeover deal news

July 29 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

FTSE boosted by takeover deal news

News of confirmed and potential takeover deals have boosted the FTSE 100.

Takeover deals are back at the forefront of investors' minds today (July 29th), following news that acquisitions are set to take place involving UK firms.

Hikma, the pharmaceutical group, has purchased a US drugs company for £1.7 billion, while manufacturing business acquisition specialist Melrose revealed it is to sell portfolio company Elster for £3.3 billion.

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UK government to force big firms to reveal gender pay gap

July 14 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

UK government to force big firms to reveal gender pay gap

The government are set to force firms with over 250 employees to release details of their gender pay gap.

Large companies will have to publish details on the gender pay gap within their workforce, David Cameron has promised.

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Bank of England plan measures to shield UK from Greece risk

July 02 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Bank of England plan measures to shield UK from Greece risk

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has revealed plans are being put in place to shield the British economy from the financial crisis in Greece.

The economic crisis in Greece could have a knock-on effect on the UK economy, but the Bank of England (BoE) is taking steps to ensure it remains protected.

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London and New York best at fostering innovation

June 25 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

London and New York best at fostering innovation

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.

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Markets in Europe ride wave of optimism higher

June 22 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Markets in Europe ride wave of optimism higher

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.

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UK SME growth rate at highest level since 2008, says report

June 17 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

UK SME growth rate at highest level since 2008, says report

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.

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Google announces plans to improve 3.5bn city dwellers’ lives worldwide

June 11 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Google announces plans to improve 3.5bn city dwellers’ lives worldwide

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.

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Health tech startups growth will not dwindle, say experts

June 08 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Health tech startups growth will not dwindle, say experts

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.

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Return to growth expected for all EU economies

May 28 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Return to growth expected for all EU economies

For the first time since the financial crisis, the economies of all the EU member states are forecast to expand this year, says a World Bank report.

Economic expansion is set for all of the European Union’s (EU’s) economies in 2015 for the first time since the financial crisis. The growth will be driven higher by a variety of factors including low oil prices, a weaker euro and the European Central Bank’s government bond buying scheme, according to a new World Bank report

 

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Energy saving in the work place: what can you do?

May 26 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Energy saving in the work place: what can you do?

Recent research has revealed that 68 per cent of workers in the UK claim to care about energy efficiency in the work place.

The British Gas Business survey, carried out by YouGov, also found that 22 per cent of these workers said they care ‘a great deal’ about saving energy at work. Almost two thirds of those who responded confirmed that their company does make an effort to save energy.

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UK unemployment hits seven-year low

May 14 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

UK unemployment hits seven-year low

Unemployment rates in the UK have fallen to 5.5 per cent, their lowest levels since 2008.

The number of people without a job in the UK declined to a seven-year low, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Furthermore, the data has highlighted that wages are also growing.

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Broadband growth drives BT Group profits

May 07 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Broadband growth drives BT Group profits

Telecoms group BT reports rise in annual profits is driven by broadband and football.

The telecoms giant, BT Group, announced impressive growth in pre-tax profits on the year, which the group said is being driven by attracting new broadband customers. BT claimed it’s securing more new broadband customers than any of its rivals, which could be down to the group securing the rights to screen a number of sporting events.

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Sainsbury’s records first loss in a decade

May 06 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Sainsbury’s records first loss in a decade

As Tesco continues to deal with its mega loss, Sainsbury’s posts its first annual loss for ten years.

Sainsbury’s, the UK’s third-largest supermarket chain, just announced its first full-year loss in a decade. It’s a sign that the competition between British supermarkets is increasing and the news has sent Sainsbury’s share price tumbling.

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Exploring the business of sports

May 06 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Exploring the business of sports

In the aftermath of the record-revenue-breaking Mayweather vs Pacquiao boxing match, we explore what makes sport the money-making industry it is today.

Sport in the modern day is as much about business as it is athleticism. Many sports teams and sporting individuals have been moulded into internationally recognisable, money-spinning brands. Whole industries have developed around the sports that were once played for mere accolades.

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Social media – the ultimate job hunting tool?

April 30 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Social media – the ultimate job hunting tool?

We investigate the ways social media can be used to your advantage when it’s time to join the search for employment.

Over the last decade social media has risen to the highest heights. From old favourites such as Facebook and Twitter, to the newly developed Bubblews and Sharebloc, there are hundreds of social media platforms to choose from. With so many options, it’s getting difficult to decide which are worth investing time into.

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The rise of UK solar farms

April 29 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

The rise of UK solar farms

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.

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Does studying abroad really improve your chances of employment?

April 24 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Does studying abroad really improve your chances of employment?

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.

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The FinTech industry and its continual rise

April 22 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

The FinTech industry and its continual rise

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.

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Big data: changing the way businesses are run

April 17 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Big data: changing the way businesses are run

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.

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Emerging markets lead green energy charge

April 15 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Emerging markets lead green energy charge

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.

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SMEs can help tackle youth unemployment, says CIPD

April 08 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

SMEs can help tackle youth unemployment, says CIPD

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.

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GoDaddy raises $460m as IPO exceeds market expectations

April 07 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

GoDaddy raises $460m as IPO exceeds market expectations

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.

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March news round-up

April 01 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

March news round-up

Welcome to this month’s news round-up of all the major stories that have kept us talking this March.

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New research could affect which jobs applicants apply for

March 31 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

New research could affect which jobs applicants apply for

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.

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