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Helen was the News Writer for LSBF writing about technology, SMEs, sustainable business and women in business.

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North West SMEs set to invest double the UK average

April 12 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

North West SMEs set to invest double the UK average

Small and medium-sized businesses in the North West are remaining confident despite the uncertainty of the UK referendum.

According to the latest SME Confidence Tracker, they are set to invest almost double the UK average.

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Blackburn pub to be transformed into centre for entrepreneurs

April 11 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Blackburn pub to be transformed into centre for entrepreneurs

A former pub in Blackburn is to be transformed into the county’s first “fab lab” to provide support for entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors.

The pub, which was formerly known as Bentley’s, is expected to be transformed by autumn 2016 with an investment of over £725,000.

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UKBAA and Barclays to launch Angel Hubs in Birmingham

April 06 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

UKBAA and Barclays to launch Angel Hubs in Birmingham

Investment body UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) has teamed up with Barclays to launch Angel Hubs in Birmingham.

The collaboration will host a pilot session for entrepreneurs in Barclays’ Eagle Lab in the city.

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Peckham to get enterprise centre for entrepreneurs

March 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Peckham to get enterprise centre for entrepreneurs

A new enterprise centre is to open in Peckham to provide support and space for young entrepreneurs.

The Peckham Enterprise Centre, which has been set up by the London Youth Support Trust, will be located in the former Bell’s Garden Community Centre on Buller Close. 

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Social media start-up secures funding for expansion

March 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Social media start-up secures funding for expansion

A start-up company based in Hackney has secured funding to continue helping mums to get back into work.

Digital Mums, which provides online social media training and flexible work, has secured £285,000 to enable it to expand.

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More young people interested in starting a business, survey shows

March 23 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

More young people interested in starting a business, survey shows

Over 20 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 18 are interested in setting up their own business, according to a survey by YouGov.

The survey, which was commissioned by Google, showed that over 30 per cent of teenagers believe that starting up a business would be beneficial, whilst 47 per cent said that they were not afraid of taking risks when making money.

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£9.5m fund launched in Manchester to boost exports

March 22 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

£9.5m fund launched in Manchester to boost exports

A £9.5m fund has been launched to help boost exporting and jobs in Greater Manchester.

According to Manchester Growth Company Chief Executive Mark Hughes, the Greater Manchester Export Fund will create and safeguard over 1,000 jobs.

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London and Manchester best hubs for high-growth small businesses

March 16 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

London and Manchester best hubs for high-growth small businesses

London and Manchester have been named as the best hubs for high-growth small businesses (HGSBs) by Octopus Investments. The company listed 32 of the top cities for HGSBs in the Urban Hub League Table.

The cities were ranked on the factors that small businesses believe are the most important to them when scaling and growing, such as talent and connectivity and access to finance.

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Welsh council to provide employment and training opportunities

March 16 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Welsh council to provide employment and training opportunities

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be providing employment and training opportunities this week at a jobs fair. The event will be held during National Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 17th March at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd, Wales.

The council recently announced that £550,000 will be invested in its graduate and apprenticeship schemes to provide more employment opportunities for young people. 

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Finance training academy launched for small businesses

March 10 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Finance training academy launched for small businesses

An accountancy company based in Aberdeen is launching a finance training academy for small businesses. Acumen Accountants & Advisors will be offering Sage One software for new clients, as well as training sessions at its premises on Riverside Drive.

According to recent statistics, over 1,300 start-ups have launched in Aberdeen over the past year. Acumen is now aiming to provide these businesses with the software and skills that they need in order to meet the financial demands of starting up a new small business. 

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Birmingham growth hub secures £1 million BIS funding package

March 08 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Birmingham growth hub secures £1 million BIS funding package

A growth hub based in Birmingham has secured a £1 million funding package to enable it to provide more support for local businesses to help them to grow.

The Greater Birmingham Growth Hub received funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to expand its programme and offer “greater levels of expert knowledge” to businesses.

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‘Kickstart Fund’ scheme introduced to help entrepreneurs

February 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

‘Kickstart Fund’ scheme introduced to help entrepreneurs

A funding scheme has been launched to support entrepreneurs in the Isle of Axholme.

UK Steel Enterprise has partnered up with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to launch the Kickstart Fund, which will provide grants of between £500 and £1,000 to help aspiring entrepreneurs to establish a business or become self-employed.

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Finance professionals understand importance of cybersecurity, says report

February 25 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Finance professionals understand importance of cybersecurity, says report

Accountants and other finance professionals are becoming more aware of the risks of cybercrime, according to a study by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

The study, titled Cybersecurity – Fighting Crime’s Enfant Terrible, stated that cybercrime is becoming too dangerous for accountants to ignore. However, it found that the majority of accountants and finance professionals clearly understand the importance of the issue, with over 80% saying that their management are concerned about cybercrime.

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East Yorkshire Hub could create 3,000 new jobs

February 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

East Yorkshire Hub could create 3,000 new jobs

A new business hub in East Yorkshire could help to create up to 3,000 jobs.

Plans for the hub were put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Sterling Capitol, and permission has now been granted by East Riding Council.

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LSEG report reveals most inspiring businesses in Britain

February 23 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

LSEG report reveals most inspiring businesses in Britain

A report has revealed a list of locations with the most inspiring businesses in Britain.

The report, which was compiled by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), provides a list of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses from a number of locations in the UK. 

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BT to create apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West

February 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

BT to create apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West

BT is to create 50 apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West in 2016. The telecoms and TV company will employ around 1,400 apprentices and graduates in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, research and innovation.

The company said that it will be recruiting apprentices in Accrington, Ellesmere Port, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. EE and Openreach, both subsidiaries of BT, will also be taking on new apprentices and graduates.

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Somerset business hub will help to boost employment

February 17 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Somerset business hub will help to boost employment

A new business hub in Chard is set to be given a boost by councillors. The £227,200 hub will be located at the Holyrood Lace Mill and will help to provide extra office space for businesses and more employment opportunities in the area.

The project aims to provide support for 12 start-up companies in the area and help the development of 30 other businesses. The hub is expected to create 15 new jobs.

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UK digital businesses growing faster than other sectors, says Tech City UK report

February 13 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

UK digital businesses growing faster than other sectors, says Tech City UK report

The UK’s digital businesses are growing 32% faster than other sectors in the economy, according to research from Tech City UK.

The latest Tech Nation 2016 report, which surveyed 2,000 digital businesses, showed that the they had a combined annual turnover of £161bn.

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Business owners need to be “visible and engaged”, says report

February 12 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Business owners need to be “visible and engaged”, says report

Consumers are looking for business owners who are “visible and engaged”, according to a report by Brands2Life.

The report showed that British consumers are looking for more high-profile business leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson.

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Liverpool most entrepreneurial city, shows new survey

February 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Liverpool most entrepreneurial city, shows new survey

Liverpool has been voted the most entrepreneurial city, with a startup population of 16 per cent, according to new data from Companies House by Instant Offices. The research looked at the startup population of each city and compared it with the overall population.

Liverpool was found to have the highest population of startups, with over 57,000 new businesses being formed over the past two years. Birmingham was next with a start-up population of 14.5 per cent, with Manchester close behind at 14 per cent.

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New business hub in Walsall to benefit entrepreneurs

February 07 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

New business hub in Walsall to benefit entrepreneurs

A new business hub is set to open in Walsall, providing more opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The 15,194 sq ft Citibase business centre will be located inside the Victorian Old Foundry, an historic building situated on Bath Street in the centre of the city.

Whilst the building has been refurbished to provide modern office space for up to 260 entrepreneurs in the local area, it has still kept some of its historic features, providing a unique setting for small and large businesses.

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Business owners urged to understand importance of leadership

February 05 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Business owners urged to understand importance of leadership

Business owners have been urged to understand the importance of leadership after a recent survey showed that over 40% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not offer their staff management training.

The Close Brothers Business Barometer surveyed UK SME owners and senior managers from a variety of sectors, and found that this statistic is despite a majority of businesses believing that strong leadership skills contribute to success.

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Finance sector sees salary increase, shows Mercer survey

February 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Finance sector sees salary increase, shows Mercer survey

Businesses in the finance sector cut staff bonuses but increased their salaries last year, according to a survey by consulting firm Mercer.

Banks, insurers and investment managers cut bonuses by around 5% whilst increasing salaries by more than 5%. The research follows recent news that fund managers are fighting to block bonus cap extension.

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Management accounting skills in demand in Grimsby

January 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Management accounting skills in demand in Grimsby

Grimsby has become an ideal location for those looking for a career in management accountancy.

Members of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in the Yorkshire and Humber area earned almost double the UK national average salary in 2015.

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Three-fifths of SMEs in danger of security breach, shows study

January 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Three-fifths of SMEs in danger of security breach, shows study

More than half of SMEs are in danger of a security breach, according to new research.

A study by Digital ID found that businesses do not have enough security measures in place, with 23 per cent having very little visitor security and 36 per cent having no visitor security at all.

 

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