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London Stock Exchange to shake up trading with midday stock auctions

November 06 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

London Stock Exchange to shake up trading with midday stock auctions

The London Stock Exchange is hoping to win business back from dark pools with noon auctions from next year.

The shape of the London trading day is to change next year, after the London Stock Exchange (LSE) announced that it plans to introduce specific midday auctions for some of its most significant stocks.

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Fast-growing small firms power UK economic growth, says report

November 06 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Fast-growing small firms power UK economic growth, says report

A major chunk of the UK’s growth is coming from a small number of high-potential firms, figures show.

It’s well-known that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are the engine behind economic growth as the UK begins to recover. It’s hardly surprising either, given that they comprise the vast majority of UK firms. But new data suggests that within the SME sector, a few firms are truly punching above their weight.

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Retailers kickstart Christmas countdown

November 05 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Retailers kickstart Christmas countdown

Retailers are getting into festive mode as they announce their Christmas promotions.

Hallowe’en is out of the way and as soon as they’ve taken down the cobwebs and plastic ghouls from their windows, retailers are getting in the Christmas spirit. We’ve all heard shoppers complain that Christmas comes earlier every year, but that doesn’t stop consumers from flocking to the shops – or, increasingly, getting online – to pick up their festive treats. Retailers are fully in festive mode, and they’re hoping for a bumper Christmas.

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Small business lending leaps to £1.25bn record

November 05 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Small business lending leaps to £1.25bn record

New lenders on the scene have boosted small business finance in the UK, figures show.

Access to finance for small businesses has been a key focus of economic policy in the UK. Since it’s clear that small firms are the engine of growth, comprising the vast majority of UK companies, moves such as the Funding for Lending Scheme have been targeted at putting finance at the fingertips of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

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UK manufacturing surges and hits three-month high

November 05 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK manufacturing surges and hits three-month high

New PMI data shows that manufacturing in the UK is outstripping the eurozone, even though it remains a key export market.

It’s no secret that the eurozone hasn’t yet managed to pull itself out of an economic lull. As the single biggest export market for the UK, Europe’s fortunes have been a cause for concern to commentators worries that slack demand would hold back UK manufacturing firms in particular. However, new data reveals that even though the eurozone is a key component of UK companies’ export strategy, British manufacturers are still performing strongly.

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Demand for professional skills soars in the UK

November 04 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Demand for professional skills soars in the UK

Professional talent is in hot demand as businesses grow in confidence, APSCo says.

By now it goes without saying that the UK economy, and the employment market, are growing. More and more positive data is emerging showing that business confidence is on the rise and trading conditions are improving. As the latest data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) shows, that is translating into higher demand for professional skills.

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UK small firms more confident in face of risk, says report

November 04 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK small firms more confident in face of risk, says report

UK Small firms are growing in confidence about the risks they believe they face, according to a new report.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the UK are growing in confidence in the face of risk – even though some still face tough financial situations.

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UK one of the best countries for doing business, says World Bank report

October 31 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK one of the best countries for doing business, says World Bank report

The UK has moved up the World Bank and IFC’s Doing Business index, indicating that it’s now an easier place to do business than it was just last year.

According to the survey, which was launched in 2002, the UK is now the 8th best country in which to do business, which is a two-place jump from last year’s position.

In first place was Singapore, which hung onto its top spot, followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, South Korea, Norway and the United States. Finland and Australia are ninth and tenth respectively.

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Metro Bank focuses business lending on SMEs

October 28 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Metro Bank focuses business lending on SMEs

Metro Bank’s strategy of targeting SMEs is paying dividends with an increase in business lending.

Metro Bank has been at the forefront of the challenger bank charge in recent years. As the first full-service bank to launch in a century when it took off four years ago, it has blazed a trail that is now being followed by the likes of Aldermore, and even TSB as it moves further away from Lloyds’ control.

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UK rated one of world’s most SME-friendly countries

October 24 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK rated one of world’s most SME-friendly countries

New research from ACCA has found that the UK government is among the most positive towards SMEs in the world.

The UK has received plenty of praise recently for the welcome it extends to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). So it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s been voted one of the most business-friendly environments in the world, according to a new report from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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Startups for GCHQ's cyber security accelerator revealed

October 24 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

New research from ACCA has found that the UK government is among the most positive towards SMEs in the world.

The UK has received plenty of praise recently for the welcome it extends to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). So it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s been voted one of the most business-friendly environments in the world, according to a new report from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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With new arrivals, more investment pours into London startups

October 23 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

With new arrivals, more investment pours into London startups

New sources of investment are setting up to serve London’s tech entrepreneurship scene.

London is rapidly solidifying its place among the world’s top startup destinations. There is a huge amount of potential within the capital’s bustling ecosystem, where firms with lots of potential can find the right support from mentors and investors alike.

TechCrunch Disrupt has highlighted just a small selection of the talent within the UK and Europe more broadly this week. There’s plenty more out there, too. Investment keeps flooding into London to make the most of the city’s potential.

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London is great for startups, says former adviser to UK PM

October 22 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

London is great for startups, says former adviser to UK PM

Rohan Silva, former adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, has spoken of the benefits London offers for tech startups.

London is a great place to be a tech startup with plenty of opportunities, according to a former adviser to the prime minister.

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Europe’s top tech startups showcase talent in London

October 21 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Europe’s top tech startups showcase talent in London

TechCrunch has launched its Disrupt Europe conference in the capital, highlighting some of Europe’s top tech talent.

TechCrunch opened the European leg of its Disrupt conferences in London last weekend, highlighting the capital’s top tech startups and the huge amount of potential both in the UK and Europe as a whole. Here are just a few of the events that will make this celebration of European tech one to remember for London.

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500 banks sign up for Apple’s new mobile wallet service

October 20 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

500 banks sign up for Apple’s new mobile wallet service

Apple says that over 500 financial institutions have signed up to its new payment service.

When Apple launched its new mobile wallet service last month, it would have been easy to lose sight of it in the furore over the tech giant’s long-awaited smartwatch. But it’s a major innovation in its own right that will finally introduce near-field communication (NFC) payment technology to iPhones and iPads, as they have existed in some Android models for some time.

The world of finance clearly agrees, since Apple says that its new mobile payments service has already seen more than 500 separate banks and financial institutions sign up.

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More jobs as UK unemployment reaches lowest level since recession

October 17 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

More jobs as UK unemployment reaches lowest level since recession

Unemployment is declining faster than expected, figures from the ONS show.

Unemployment is still falling as the UK’s economy continues with its growth phase, according to the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Education needs business backing, says London Mayor Boris Johnson

October 16 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Education needs business backing, says London Mayor Boris Johnson

The education sector needs more support from businesses through fresh investment, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The Mayor of London has encouraged businesses to commit to offering more and better support to the education sector.

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Amazon creates another 1,000 jobs in Britain

October 15 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Amazon creates another 1,000 jobs in Britain

Amazon’s impressive growth is continuing with new jobs being created in its UK distribution centres.

Amazon has invested more than £1 billion so far in making its operations in the UK a success. Both here and worldwide, it’s become such a significant part of the retail landscape that it’s hard to imagine shopping without it – and with Christmas looming on the horizon, it’s guaranteed to see a huge spike in demand.

However, Amazon is also planning for longer term growth in the coming months.

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Exports to comprise half of all SME revenue by 2019

October 14 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Exports to comprise half of all SME revenue by 2019

A new report from DHL has highlighted the huge potential of exports in helping SMEs grow.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the driving force behind most world economies, but international trade could well be the most important element in giving them the boost they need. According to a new reportconducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit by logistics and delivery firm DHL Express, overcoming global barriers could lead to a significant change in the way small firms draw their revenue.

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UK SME confidence levels are at their highest in 4 years

October 13 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK SME confidence levels are at their highest in 4 years

New figures show that small businesses in the UK are at their most confident in as long as four years.

Small and medium enterprises (SME) are more confident than they have been for four years, according to new figures.

The latest version of the annual Sage Business Index shows that SME confidence about their own prospects reached a score of 66.29 – 3.74 points above the score in 2013 and the highest for four years. Since that goes back to 2010 when the effects of the financial crisis were still being felt far more keenly than they are today, that’s a very encouraging statistic.

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Great Tech Expedition: UK startups showcase achievements in the US

October 10 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Great Tech Expedition: UK startups showcase achievements in the US

The Great Tech Expedition has taken some of the UK’s best new tech businesses to showcase their achievements in the US.

The UK has been building a reputation as a leading technology hub in the past few years. Recently new figures were published indicating that London tech firms has attracted record levels of venture capital investment, as testament to the high potential of some of the nation’s most promising young firms. An ambitious trade mission has taken a few of Britain’s most promising firms to the US to show off what makes them so special.

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Tech boom: London firms raise $1bn and break venture capital funding record

October 07 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Tech boom: London firms raise $1bn and break venture capital funding record

New figures show that London’s tech firms are bringing unprecedented levels of venture capital.

London has always been the UK’s investment hub, attracting the eyes of businesses and individuals from around the world who want a slice of the city’s promising high-growth industries.

Finance continues to be one of the capital’s strengths, but one of the newer sectors to attract that level of interest is technology. Recent figures show just how important tech is to London’s present and future.

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Microsoft skips forward to launch Windows 10

October 02 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Microsoft skips forward to launch Windows 10

Microsoft has launched the newest version of Windows – and claims it is so advanced they skipped 9 and went straight to 10.

Even though Windows is probably the most commonly used operating system (OS) in the world, and certainly within businesses, Microsoft is keen to prove that it isn’t resting on its laurels.

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BT research campus to use green energy

September 30 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

BT research campus to use green energy

British Telecoms will use all the energy from a new solar farm to operate its research campus.

More and more big companies are demonstrating their commitment to sustainability by adopting green energy policies and actively seeking out opportunities to move to greener ways of working. British Telecom (BT) has just said it plans to use green energy to power its huge research campus in Suffolk.

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IMF: Slow and steady growth worthwhile for China

September 29 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

IMF: Slow and steady growth worthwhile for China

An IMF expert has said that sustainable growth in China would be worth a slower rate of expansion.

Concern has emerged in global markets about a potential slowdown in China, and what easing demand in one of the world’s biggest economies could mean for the rest of the world. But according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), slower growth would be worthwhile to ensure that Chinese expansion is sustainable.

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