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Data skills considered more important than management experience, report finds

September 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Data skills considered more important than management experience, report finds

UK business leaders consider data and analytics skills to be more important than management experience, according to The Business Grammar Report by Alteryx.

The report found that 26 per cent of business leaders in the UK believe that data and analytics are the most important skills for potential employees, 60 per cent consider them to be one of the top two skills, and 69 per cent believe that industry experience is the most important.

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Self-employed workers take more holidays, study reveals

August 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Self-employed workers take more holidays, study reveals

Self-employed workers take double the amount of holiday compared to those who are employed, according to a new study from freelance jobsite PeoplePerHour.

The research showed that freelance workers spend up to 21 nights away from home in an average year, whilst those who are employed spend an average of ten nights away.

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Aviva teams up with tech accelerator to access “world-class” start-ups

August 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Aviva teams up with tech accelerator to access “world-class” start-ups

Aviva has partnered with a digital tech start-up company to access “world-class digital start-ups” and provide them with mentoring.

The insurance company will be working with Plug and Play, which is based in Silicon Valley, for its InsurTech programme.

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Survey reveals top bonus-paying jobs of 2016

August 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Survey reveals top bonus-paying jobs of 2016

The Independent has published the latest listing of jobs with bonuses of over £20,000 per year using data collected in an anonymous survey by Glassdoor.

Roles in the finance industry hold several places on the list, including portfolio managers, brokers and traders. Top of the list, however, were global account managers who receive an average annual bonus of £37,000.

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ICAS and RBS collaborate to help small businesses

August 12 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

ICAS and RBS collaborate to help small businesses

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is collaborating with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) to help small businesses in Scotland grow.

RBS staff will be working with members of ICAS to improve the services that both the bank and the accountants provide to SMEs in the country, and the staff will be working closely with the Practice Community of the ICAS.

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Closing gender pay gap will improve UK economy, says Government

August 04 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Closing gender pay gap will improve UK economy, says Government

A Government spokesperson has said that closing the gender pay gap is “essential” for improving the UK economy.

Industry leaders are now also calling for businesses to encourage women to take on more senior roles to tackle the problem of inequality in the workplace.

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Business attitudes to new technology revealed in research

August 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Business attitudes to new technology revealed in research

Research from AXA has shown that small businesses are doubtful about next generation technology affecting their business in the future.

The study looked at how 898 companies feel about technology such as robots, driverless cars, and 3D printing, and whether they expect to use these new advances.

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Graduates want a good work-life balance, survey shows

July 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Graduates want a good work-life balance, survey shows

Nearly half of young people aged 18 to 24 have said that having a good work-life balance is their main career goal.

Research from recruitment website Reed showed that 40 per cent of young people want an employer that will provide them with a career and help them to build up their own family.

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Google partners with Tinder Foundation to improve digital skills

July 27 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Google partners with Tinder Foundation to improve digital skills

Google has teamed up with the charity Tinder Foundation to help people across the UK improve their digital skills and increase their chances of finding a job or setting up their own business.

The scheme has been created as part of the Google Digital Garage programme, with funding helping to provide 100 centres for 5,000 community organisations.

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UK to finalise new FinTech Bridge with South Korea

July 25 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

UK to finalise new FinTech Bridge with South Korea

Last Friday, it was announced that the UK will soon finalise a new FinTech Bridge with South Korea to enable easier investment in fintech.

The FinTech Bridge will provide a number of benefits for financial technology businesses and investors from each country, allowing them to gain easier access to each other.

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More corporates want to work with start-ups, report shows

July 21 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

More corporates want to work with start-ups, report shows

More corporates are interested in collaborating with start-up businesses, according to a report from accelerator programme MassChallenge.

The report, titled The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016, surveyed over 200 start-ups and over 100 corporates from across Europe. It found that there is a “fundamental mindset shift” in relationships between start-up businesses and corporations.

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Britons would earn less to become entrepreneurs, study shows

July 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Britons would earn less to become entrepreneurs, study shows

More than 40 per cent of people in Britain say they would be prepared to earn less in order to fulfil their dream of becoming an entrepreneur, according to research from Nectar Business.

The research, which was carried out as part of the Nectar Business Small Business Awards scheme, showed the salary that Britons would be content with in return for becoming their own boss.

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Record number of companies being set up, according to research

July 14 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Record number of companies being set up, according to research

A record number of companies are being set up every hour, says StartUp Britain's research.

Their research showed that 342,927 new companies registered with Companies House this year between January and June. This means 80 companies are being set up each hour, already beating last year’s record pace of 70 new company registrations per hour.

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Apprenticeship programme helps create over 2000 apprenticeships

July 12 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Apprenticeship programme helps create over 2000 apprenticeships

An apprenticeship programme has provided support for 2941 businesses, helping them to create 2367 apprenticeships.

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was first launched in January 2013 to encourage businesses to provide apprenticeships for young people.

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Tech business to help bridge the digital skills gap

July 07 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Tech business to help bridge the digital skills gap

A tech business is helping to bridge the digital skills gap by taking part in Tech Week, a national programme created by The Tech Partnership.

The Emerald Group, which is based in Warwickshire, will be joining a number of businesses to provide opportunities for young people to gain first-hand work experience.

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O2 announces tech apprenticeship openings

July 05 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

O2 announces tech apprenticeship openings

Mobile phone provider O2 has announced that it is currently looking for over 30 new apprentices to take part in the company’s apprenticeship programme.

The company has expanded its apprenticeship programme to provide more job opportunities for young people and help them to develop their skills. 

 

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Businesses form group to help UK’s small firms

July 04 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Businesses form group to help UK’s small firms

A group of small businesses have teamed up to support other small companies and self-employed workers in Britain following the Brexit result.

The group has been formed to provide reassurance to small businesses and help them remain optimistic after the referendum.

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Entrepreneurs call for training to protect London’s tech sector

June 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Entrepreneurs call for training to protect London’s tech sector

Entrepreneurs have called for action to be taken to protect London’s status in the tech sector following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Business leaders who supported a Remain vote have spoken out, discussing the importance of providing training to address skills gaps in the sector. 

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London provides most opportunities for female workers, study shows

June 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

London provides most opportunities for female workers, study shows

London provides the most opportunities for female workers in the tech sector, according to technology recruitment company Mortimer Spinks.

The research, which surveyed over 3,700 workers across the UK, showed that 40 per cent of the country’s female tech workers are employed in the city. 

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Office atmosphere can affect employee health

June 22 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Office atmosphere can affect employee health

In addition to obvious culprits such as eating habits, smoking, and exercise, studies are increasingly showing that work environment can affect the health of staff members.

Factors such as employers’ attitudes to sick leave, stress, and “presenteeism” (staff being at their desks more than necessary) may all contribute to the overall health of workers.

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Virgin Trains launches new service for SMEs

June 20 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Virgin Trains launches new service for SMEs

Over the weekend, Virgin Trains launched a new booking tool for small and medium-sized businesses named Railblazers.

The service will support SMEs by enabling them to easily travel across the Virgin Trains Network to attend business meetings.

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Companies should rethink how they use digital learning, says CMI

June 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Companies should rethink how they use digital learning, says CMI

Companies need to rethink how they go about helping managers and leaders develop professional skills, according to a survey from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The CMI’s report, “Learning to lead: the digital potential”, looked at how digital learning is used in companies and what methods of learning managers prefer. 

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StartUp Britain bus tour to inspire thousands of entrepreneurs

June 17 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

StartUp Britain bus tour to inspire thousands of entrepreneurs

The 2016 StartUp Britain bus tour has now been launched. 

The tour is part of a partnership between NatWest and StartUp Britain, and aims to inspire thousands of entrepreneurs across Britain.

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SME employers value soft skills, according to survey

June 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

SME employers value soft skills, according to survey

SME employers are focusing less on age and academic achievement and are instead searching for candidates with soft skills gained through hands-on experience, according to eBay’s Soft Skills Index.

The index, which was published in partnership with YouGov, found that over half of SME employers value hands-on experience above anything else, whilst seven in ten recruiters believe that having soft skills is more important than having a degree. 

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Government launches new group for entrepreneurs

June 14 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Government launches new group for entrepreneurs

The Government has launched a new group to provide more support for entrepreneurs and encourage more people to set up their own business.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has created the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship to help limited company contractors and small business owners resolve their business problems.

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