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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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One million homes could soon access newfound renewable heat

March 30 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

One million homes could soon access newfound renewable heat

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.

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Food companies Heinz and Kraft set to merge

March 27 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Food companies Heinz and Kraft set to merge

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.

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Telefonica set to finalise O2 sale for £10.25bn

March 26 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Telefonica set to finalise O2 sale for £10.25bn

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. 

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Dell offers residency at HQ for startup competition winner

March 25 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Dell offers residency at HQ for startup competition winner

Dell is launching a competition to search for their next ‘Startup-in-Residence’.

Computer giant Dell has begun the search for an innovative early stage startup to take up residency at its UK headquarters as part of its latest Startup-in-Residence initiative.

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Many online marketplaces earning over £1 million, says report

March 24 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Many online marketplaces earning over £1 million, says report

How a number of e-commerce sellers have become millionaires.

Online marketplaces foster a growing number of e-commerce businesses, and some are finding staggering success.

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TSB agrees to £1.7bn takeover by Spanish bank

March 23 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

TSB agrees to £1.7bn takeover by Spanish bank

Lloyds and TSB have agreed to a £1.7bn takeover by the Spanish Banco de Sabadell.

TSB, which rejoined the stock market less than a year ago, has agreed to a £1.7 billion takeover by Spanish bank Sabadell. The deal will also see Lloyds sell its remaining 50 per cent stake in TSB to Sabadell for 340p per share.

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Companies should turn to cloud services for protection, says Gartner

March 19 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Companies should turn to cloud services for protection, says Gartner

The growing prevalence of cyber security threats has been highlighted at Gartner’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) summit 2015.

At the London-based event the research group outlined how it believes in the likelihood that companies will end up having to utilise cloud-based security services in order to focus on bigger issues.

As we’ve noted before, cyber security is one of the biggest challenges facing the modern business. There are existing schemes ensuring that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are better prepared for digital threats.

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UK trainees to receive pay rise by October 2015

March 18 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

UK trainees to receive pay rise by October 2015

Apprentices across the UK are set to see their pay boosted by a fifth this October.

The 20 per cent increase on apprentice pay packets has been announced following the rise in the national minimum wage, with the British government exceeding the recommendations for apprentice pay from the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

The LPC suggested a 7p increase in the hourly rate for apprentices, which applies to those aged 16 to 18 and those that are aged 19 or over and in their first year. However, the government has managed to secure an increase of 57p an hour in the trainee rate.

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Small businesses in India receive sustainability advice from EU

March 17 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Small businesses in India receive sustainability advice from EU

Experts from the EU and UK head to India on a mission to give green guidance to SMEs.

Green initiatives will be introduced to India following a project with backing from the UK’s Aston University and Kolkata’s Jadavpur University.

The project will bring experts from the UK and the EU to India to bring their expertise and knowledge of best practices in the supply and value chain.

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List reveals UK's fastest growing women-run businesses

March 16 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

List reveals UK's fastest growing women-run businesses

A list released by the Centre for Entrepreneurs has highlighted the UK’s fastest growing women-led companies.

The Centre for Entrepreneurs report states that Britain is “without a doubt” one of the world’s best countries for women in business. Their recent Fortuna 50 index aims to draw attention to the quality of British businesses that are run by women.

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British economy will continue to flourish, predicts research

March 13 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

British economy will continue to flourish, predicts research

Britain’s economic recovery continues to flourish, according to new economic forecasts from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

Both forecasts indicate that the UK’s economy is rebounding from a disappointing fourth quarter in 2014. This news will be welcomed by the Chancellor ahead of this year’s budget announcement next week.

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Apple unveils range of smartwatches

March 11 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Apple unveils range of smartwatches

Tech giant Apple has revealed its latest range of products - the smartwatch.

Apple’s new collection of smartwatches was brought to the public at a press event in San Francisco and immediately the internet burst into a flurry of mixed reactions.

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Disney launches £95K fitness app competition

March 10 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Disney launches £95K fitness app competition

A £95,000 competition to create a healthy living app using Disney characters has been launched by the media giant.

Disney has opened up a £95,000 competition in partnership with Creative England, to find a software specialist that can come up with a new app that uses Disney’s characters to encourage healthy living. It seems the media giant is looking to take advantage of the recent trend that has seen fitness related wearable technology and apps gain popularity with consumers.

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Everywoman set to celebrate successful women in business

March 02 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Everywoman set to celebrate successful women in business

An organisation dedicated to advancing women in business is preparing to hold its annual technology awards ceremony in London later this month.

everywoman, a globally recognised organisation which drives the development of women across all business sectors, will be honouring women’s contributions to the technology sector at its FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

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UK real wages set for first rise since 2007, says EY

February 25 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

UK real wages set for first rise since 2007, says EY

Workers in the UK this year will experience real wages rising for the first time since 2007, according to a report from the EY ITEM Club.

The UK’s workforce will see its first pay rise in eight years during 2015, according to a new report on labour from the EY ITEM Club. The research forecasts that inflation will turn negative this year and average wages will increase around 1.9 per cent annually, fuelling the first pick up in real earnings since before the financial crisis.

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UK’s first sustainable business park to be built in Kent

February 19 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

UK’s first sustainable business park to be built in Kent

Planning consent has been granted for the UK’s first sustainable business park to be built in Kent.

Plans to build the UK’s first sustainable business park have been given the go ahead in Kent. The £40 million construction project is part of an overarching £120 million scheme to regenerate an economically deprived part of the UK and will transform the old Betteshanger colliery into a hub for business, sustainability and education.

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Virgin Media to invest £3bn in UK’s digital infrastructure

February 18 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Virgin Media to invest £3bn in UK’s digital infrastructure

Virgin Media and its parent company announce plans for £3 billion network expansion in the UK.

The UK internet provider Virgin Media has announced plans to team up with parent company Liberty Global to invest a further £3 billion in private investment for its ultra-fast broadband network.

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Perfect time for Britons to holiday in Europe, says Post Office

February 16 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Perfect time for Britons to holiday in Europe, says Post Office

There’s no need to go very far for dirt-cheap holidays these days due to the rising pound and falling prices.

Low-cost holidays are available right on our doorsteps and you no longer need to jet-off east to find a pint for less than a pound. Well, that’s what we’re inferring after reading a new report by the Post Office Travel Money.

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BCC calls for pro-growth agenda to improve UK economy

February 12 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

BCC calls for pro-growth agenda to improve UK economy

The director general of the BCC outlined a plan to boost the economy for the British government.

Britain is poised to see long-term sustainable growth if the UK government makes the right decisions, according to John Longworth, the director general of the British Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the business energy and optimism that we are currently experiencing could build a “great future”.

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British e-commerce trade surplus highest in the world

February 11 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

British e-commerce trade surplus highest in the world

Britain comes top of the charts in online trade and e-commerce, with a surplus that is larger than any other nation in the world.

The UK’s trade balance in the e-commerce industry is bigger than any other nation in the world, according to research from OC&C strategy consultants in collaboration with Google. In fact, with a trade surplus of over $1 billion, the UK brings in the most money through online retailing in the world.

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Europe dominates global top 10 most sustainable cities list

February 10 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Europe dominates global top 10 most sustainable cities list

The top 10 most sustainable cities are dominated by those from Europe and the UK.

European cities fill most of the top ten positions in a list of the most sustainable cities in the world. Sustainability is crucial in the forward-thinking society that we live in.

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London tech boom transforming UK into tech nation

February 09 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

London tech boom transforming UK into tech nation

The UK is slowly becoming a nation of digital companies led along by the boom in London.

The UK is already well known for having one of the world’s strongest digital economies with a number of specialisms that range from artificial intelligence to video games development.

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BAE Systems looks to boost women in engineering careers

February 06 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

BAE Systems looks to boost women in engineering careers

Over 80 young women were invited to take a ‘look behind the scenes’ at BAE Systems.

BAE Systems’ Military Air and Information (MAI) business gave a behind the scenes tour of its Warton facility for a number of young female students, in an attempt to raise interest the number of women looking to take up apprenticeships.

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This is how Bill Gates envisions the world in 2030

February 04 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

This is how Bill Gates envisions the world in 2030

Bill Gates reveals how he thinks the world of 2030 will look in an open letter.

Looking into the future is often reserved for the likes of astrologers, fortune tellers and tarot card readers. However, there are few other visionaries as well placed to make some educated guesses than Bill Gates, who recently revealed his predictions for the four key developments that 2030 will hold, in an open letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Apple records biggest quarterly earnings in history

January 30 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Apple records biggest quarterly earnings in history

During the final three months of 2014, Apple raked in $18 billion, the largest quarterly corporate earnings in history.

Apple, the tech gadget giant, has smashed records to post the largest quarterly corporate earnings figures in global corporate history, raking in an impressive $18 billion in the fourth quarter in 2014.

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