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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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Zero-hours contracts on the rise in the UK

September 04 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Zero-hours contracts on the rise in the UK

According to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of workers in the UK who are on so called zero-hours contracts has gone up.

In the April to June period this year, 744,000 people were employed under the terms, which means that a 2.4% of the total number of people in work were affected. The number represents an increase of 0.4% on the same period from 2014.

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New research finds British female bosses work two hours unpaid daily

August 27 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

New research finds British female bosses work two hours unpaid daily

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has published research that reveals that female bosses in the UK work for almost two hours a day unpaid.

The findings come to light when salaries are compared to their male counterparts and adds up to 57 days every year.

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Willingness key to successful accounting career, says AAA

August 13 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Willingness key to successful accounting career, says AAA

The recent American Accounting Association's annual meeting saw the presentation of a paper that outlined the reasons why the most successful corporate accountants are hired and promoted.

According to the association's new study, the key to having a successful corporate accounting career appears to revolve around a willingness to interpret earnings data.

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Girls dominate admissions to leading universities

August 11 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Girls dominate admissions to leading universities

Head of the admissions service UCAS says that there is now a significant gender gap for admissions to leading universities in the UK.

UCAS chief executive, Mary Curnock Cook, has urged action to increase the number of boys applying to go to university.

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Graduates from private schools get high salaries, reveals research

August 07 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Graduates from private schools get high salaries, reveals research

A new report has revealed that privately-educated graduates earn more than their state-educated peers do only six months after leaving university, and the gap continues to increase up to three-and-a-half years after leaving.

The research from the Sutton Trust and upReach found that fee-paying school students who achieved a degree soon took home almost £4,500 more than other graduates.

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More people in UK working night shifts, shows research

August 06 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

More people in UK working night shifts, shows research

New research from the TUC reveals that the number of people working night shifts in the UK is rising.

The new report comes as London Underground workers are set to take strike action over proposals to introduce all-night services

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Business urged to attend UKTI 'ExportJam' to spur British exports

July 22 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Business urged to attend UKTI 'ExportJam' to spur British exports

UK Trade and Investment is running nine events around the country aimed at helping businesses break into overseas markets.

UK businesses operating in international markets will have the opportunity to share their ideas on exporting at a series of new events organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

The body will be running nine ExportJam workshops across the country later this month, with the aim of looking at how the government gives support to companies that sell goods and services around the world.

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Flexible working and praise help productivity, shows research

July 16 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Flexible working and praise help productivity, shows research

There are many ways businesses can boost employees' productivity for little to no financial outlay, new research shows.

Financial rewards remain the best way of boosting productivity among employers, but there are a number of other measures small businesses can use to make staff work harder.

This is according to new research from Office Genie, which identified a good night's sleep, positive feedback from managers and flexible working hours as three factors that raise productivity among a workforce.

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What to expect from a career in accountancy

July 10 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

What to expect from a career in accountancy

There are a lot of misconceptions about working in accountancy - for example, many assume that finance is a boring subject. As we have written before, this is not necessarily the case.

In addition to having a good head for numbers, accountants also need a sharp sense of professional ethics, an eye for detail, and the ability to make informed judgements about financial decisions – there’s a lot more to it than the public perceptions.

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Bill Gates calls for investment in renewable energy innovation

June 26 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Bill Gates calls for investment in renewable energy innovation

Governments should ramp up investment in research to power innovation in renewable energy, says Bill Gates.

Philanthropist Bill Gates has called on governments to shift to funding research into renewable energies, instead of merely subsidising it. 

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Does technology create or destroy jobs?

June 18 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Does technology create or destroy jobs?

Many claim new technological advances pose a threat to employment as real people are replaced by software - but is this really the case?

Those who believe that technology is having a detrimental effect on jobs often point to industries like manufacturing, where machines are now carrying out the work that people used to do. A more recent example is the services industry, with the introduction of self-checkouts.

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UK government to sell off 30 per cent Royal Mail stake

June 05 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

UK government to sell off 30 per cent Royal Mail stake

UK Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to sell off government's remaining 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail.

In a bid to further reduce the budget deficit, UK chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to sell the remaining 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail. The shares are currently worth £1.5 billion and the sale will begin later this year, Mr Osborne announced on Thursday.

The plans were detailed alongside £3 billion worth of debt-reduction measures, which highlight the Conservatives' pledge to wipe out national debt.

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Work experience most valuable criteria to employers, says report

June 02 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Work experience most valuable criteria to employers, says report

Leading employers rate work experience as the most valuable asset in graduates, says Universum study.

Work experience is “the most popular qualification among those presented” and is valued more highly than grades achieved or the university attended by graduates. In fact, 58% of employers said work experience and sport impressed them the most, according to new research.

The survey of employers, conducted by Universum - a specialist in employer branding analytics - found that the second-most important aspect was a student’s personality (48% picked this) and only 16% looked for grades from a prestigious university. Merely 15% of respondents favoured a degree from a specific university over anything else. 

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FTSE 100 gets 6th female CEO as Whitbread appoints Lloyds retail boss

May 22 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

FTSE 100 gets 6th female CEO as Whitbread appoints Lloyds retail boss

Whitbread, owners of Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, appoint Alison Brittain as CEO.

Hospitality group Whitbread has announced plans to appoint Alison Brittain as chief executive officer (CEO) in a move that will make it the sixth FTSE-100 company to have a female at the helm.

Ms Brittain is the current boss of the retail side of Lloyds Banking Group, making her one of the most powerful women in the city. But despite having no previous hospitality experience, she was quoted to be the “perfect fit” for Whitbread’s culture and values by chairman Richard Baker.

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Business leaders call for SME hub outside of London

May 20 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Business leaders call for SME hub outside of London

Nine out of ten SME directors would support the creation of an SME hub outside of London.

The creation of a small and medium enterprise (SME) hub would be “beneficial to the UK economy”, according to a new AXA report, and nine out of ten (89 per cent) SME directors would support it. Furthermore, 93 per cent see a demand for a non-London-based hub to “create an environment for growth for small businesses”.

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French economy outpaces that of UK and US

May 13 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

French economy outpaces that of UK and US

Economic growth in France surged past expectations to its highest rate in two years.

Figures on Wednesday showed economic growth in France accelerated in the first three months of this year. In fact, it hit France’s joint-highest figure since 2011.

The French INSEE statistical office reported that the nation’s economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, surpassing expectations for growth of 0.4 per cent.

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Mobile-friendly sites become crucial after Google ‘mobilegeddon’

May 08 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Mobile-friendly sites become crucial after Google ‘mobilegeddon’

On 21 April, Google implemented a major overhaul of its search algorithm, making it more compatible with mobile platforms in a move that online marketers and developers have called “mobilegeddon”.

The reasoning behind Google’s move is clear, as more and more customers use their mobile devices to browse the internet.

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Green design could reduce energy bills

April 23 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Green design could reduce energy bills

Could energy efficiency help businesses? We look into the impact sustainable design and green buildings could have on the UK economy.

Construction firm Balfour Beatty recently created the UK’s most environmentally friendly building for Girton College at the University of Cambridge. The new student halls receive half of their energy from renewable sources with a design that surpasses efficiency guidelines by 40%.

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Hiring from other sectors could improve gender equality in tech

April 16 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Hiring from other sectors could improve gender equality in tech

With Google hiring former Wall Street executive Ruth Porat as its new CFO, the issue of gender equality in tech has come to the fore again.

Ms Porat will be the highest ranking woman at Google, helping to solve the issue of a male-dominated workforce.

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UK pension reforms: what are their potential impacts?

April 01 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

UK pension reforms: what are their potential impacts?

On Monday 6 April, new rules will come into place that will allow pensioners full access to their retirement funds. But what could this mean in practice?

From the beginning of next week, people drawing a pension will not have to take an annuity, but instead can decide how much they want to take out of their pension and when.

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TV show to follow young tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

March 31 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

TV show to follow young tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Channel 4 show ‘How to be a Young Billionaire’ will follow three young entrepreneurs attempting to make their multi-billion pound start-up dreams come true in Silicon Valley.

The three entrepreneurs on How to be a Young Billionaire - Josh, Julia, and Robyn - are all in their twenties, with big ambitions. Josh is working on a game, but needs an investment of $5m to complete it; Julia has created an app for teenagers to share secrets and wants to grow her user base; and Robyn is attempting to move her lesbian dating venture to the USA.

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New tech funding to boost startups in the North

March 30 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

New tech funding to boost startups in the North

UK chancellor George Osborne’s £11 million budget pledge will support new technology companies in the north of England.

The budget investment pledge for incubators is a welcome investment for startups in places like Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield, which have seen huge rates of growth in the technology sector.

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Accenture report shows Fintech investment tripled in 2014

March 27 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Accenture report shows Fintech investment tripled in 2014

Investment in financial technology companies has trebled last year.

The digital revolution in financial services is picking up steam, according to a report from Accenture. Global investment in financial technology businesses tripled to more than $12.2 billion in 2014, up from a little over $4 billion in 2013.

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Small fintech firms step up challenge to big banks

March 26 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Small fintech firms step up challenge to big banks

Smaller fintech startups are continuing to compete with the individual services of bigger banks.

The banking industry is under attack from a swarm of smaller fintech firms who are not looking to usurp their places in the banking industry, but are challenging one of the many services that big banks provide.

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How businesses can support women in leadership in the workplace

March 26 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

How businesses can support women in leadership in the workplace

Women make up less than a quarter of FTSE 100 directors. While the representation of women in the boardroom has increased slowly, how can more women be encouraged to reach for the top?

The Women and Work Commission recently found that if all women were able to perform to their full potential, they could contribute approximately £23 billion to the economy. Additionally, research conducted by McKinsey & Company found that companies with more women on their boards significantly outperform companies with no female representation.

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