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5 reasons the printing industry is taking the UK by storm

5 reasons the printing industry is taking the UK by storm

The “death of print” in the digital age has been spoken about so much that it’s practically become a cliché. Yet despite the obstacles this industry has faced in the past decade, it’s still a major player in the UK economy—and judging by its continuous drive to innovate, this will increasingly be the case. Here are some of the key reasons the UK’s print industry will continue to thrive in coming years. 

FinanceCareers Blog: Your weekly finance roundup

FinanceCareers Blog: Your weekly finance roundup

In this edition of the AllAboutFinanceCareer’s blog, we will be looking at the impact of fast fashion and the struggle of high street shops to compete with online retailers, as well as the worrying exploitation of immigrants for Italian agriculture, and the further arrests following the Patisserie Valerie fraud investigation.

FinanceCareers Blog: What's new in the financial sphere this week?

FinanceCareers Blog: What's new in the financial sphere this week?

Welcome to the first ever edition of the AllAboutFinanceCareers weekly blog! This week, we briefly look at the British Chambers of Commerce’s forecast following Brexit uncertainty, as well as various current affairs related to Hong Kong’s extradition law and Boeing’s attempt to build up trust following two catastrophic 737 Max crashes.

 

The human cost of Silicon Valley

The human cost of Silicon Valley

The San Francisco Bay Area is struggling to cope under the weight of a widespread and catastrophic housing crisis. With tech workers descending on the area in their thousands and low-income residents struggling to hang on, we explore the consequences of the rising cost of living in Silicon Valley.

How energy start-ups are transforming the UK grid

How energy start-ups are transforming the UK grid

In 2016, the global renewable-energy sector employed 9.8 million people. Closer to home, more than 60 energy start-ups have launched in the UK in the last ten years, grabbing a 20% share of the country’s £55bn energy market. Here, we profile a few of the newest, greenest energy start-ups on the market.

Shaking up Silicon Valley's workplace

Shaking up Silicon Valley's workplace

Silicon Valley’s tech sector has always made headlines. Playground-like offices, all-you-can-eat buffets and even reports of micro-dosing LSD to fuel creativity have painted tech companies as disruptive and exciting. But beneath the fun-loving façade, office workers are allowed little say in what they build, and blue-collar workers are paid so little that many struggle to make ends meet.

The in-demand financial skills for a career in fintech

The in-demand financial skills for a career in fintech

For decades, anyone studying to enter the world of professional finance entered a job market dominated by big banks, trading houses, and accountancies. Today, the rise of fintech is upending the status quo in the financial sector and changing the nature of the market for would-be financial professionals all over the world. This is especially true here in the UK. For proof, just follow the money.

For a successful career in finance, you need to understand these trends

For a successful career in finance, you need to understand these trends

Do you want to succeed in the field of finance? Then, you must be prepared to handle the ever-changing and dynamic environment. Over the last few years, the role of CFOs and COOs has drastically changed. The performance of these is under the microscope of the government, stakeholders, and other market analysts. This has been brought about by the recent financial scandals in the UK corporations and those operating in the Wall Street financial district.

RSM: interview with a graduate

RSM: interview with a graduate

What’s it like to embark on a graduate scheme in the tax department with RSM? Sarah Cannam, a corporate tax associate at RSM’s Birmingham office, did just that. We caught up with her to find out what life is like at RSM. 

Top tips for going into finance

Top tips for going into finance

It’s great to gain qualifications and prepare for the job you want. Recruiters often expect a certain standard of education from their prospective employees, and many employers also expect you to have experience. But what can make you stand out from the rest?

Meet the women in finance

Meet the women in finance

As is the case in many industries, the world of finance suffers from a gender imbalance at its highest levels. However, many women are making the industry work for them.

Why businesses fail and succeed

Why businesses fail and succeed

While there’s no exact formula to business success, there are certain indicators for anyone hoping to beat the competition. We look into some of the reasons behind success and failure.

Crowdfunding campaigns that made history

Crowdfunding campaigns that made history

Crowdfunding is an innovative method of drumming up funding. People have started businesses, brought products into existence and attended university by attracting the right backers. Here are some of the most notable crowdfunding ventures of all time.

Unusual finance careers

Unusual finance careers

Even though financial qualifications open the door to a number of established career paths, there are plenty of other jobs those with finance skills can pursue. Whether it’s numerical skills, analytical ability, problem-solving or an aptitude for communicating complex facts and figures to others, those studying financial subjects can turn their hands to a range of interesting careers. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

"You'll never guess what I did!"

Many people want to gain financial qualifications so they can go down a particular career path, maybe in the City or doing a specific job at a bank or financial organisation. But training in these areas can actually lead to many different industries. We hear from three people whose accountancy skills have taken them to the silver screen.

A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

The Square Mile in the centre of London and Canary Wharf to the east have housed the finance sector for decades. Yet 30 years ago, both locations looked very different. We take a look at finance’s role in shaping the architecture of London.

The fallout from leaks

The fallout from leaks

Two years ago, a consortium of journalists broke the Panama Papers story. The biggest leak in history, the Papers exposed
the number of offshore companies held by powerful figures in society. But what has happened since to increase transparency?

The business of renting

The business of renting

With the Private Rental Sector (PRS) in the UK more dominant than ever, some landlords are profiting at the expense of their tenants’ rights. How can the existing loopholes be closed—and how can more be prevented from opening? 

What Impact Will GDPR Have on Information-Led Innovation?

What Impact Will GDPR Have on Information-Led Innovation?

There has been a growing appetite in the past decade for information by all sorts of businesses across the world. Acquiring more and more data about customers and clients has helped many companies create targeted marketing campaigns and use it to develop new products and services. However, with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) about to be implemented at the end of May 2018, businesses that use information to lead their innovation could face more barriers in the future.

 European Union sees fastest growth rate in 10 years

European Union sees fastest growth rate in 10 years

As Brexit looms closer and closer, the news that the European Union economy has grown at its fastest rate in 10 years could be a hard pill to swallow. In 2017, the European Union’s economic growth was 2.5% - the highest figure since its 2007 peak of 2.7%.

Lloyds - the first FTSE 100 firm to commit to a diversity target

Lloyds - the first FTSE 100 firm to commit to a diversity target

With diversity initiatives and targets aiming to bring about equal representation across a number of industries, it may seem that the finance sector has lagged behind. However, Lloyds Banking Group could be set to change all that - it became the first FTSE 100 firm to make a commitment to improving diversity across its workforce.

Bitcoin is shunned by cybercriminals amidst fluctuating prices

Bitcoin is shunned by cybercriminals amidst fluctuating prices

Before Bitcoin became the centre of a huge ‘to invest or not to invest’ debate, it was perhaps best known as the go-to currency for cybercriminals. But as prices on the cryptocurrency fluctuate by the thousands, even those carrying out cyber-attacks are turning against the currency. 

UK employment rate sees a pre-Brexit dip

UK employment rate sees a pre-Brexit dip

The number of employed people in the UK has fallen by 56,000 people in the three months preceding October, the Office of National Statistics has revealed. Until recently, job growth in the UK had continued despite the shock factor of the EU referendum result, and the period of economic uncertainty caused by Brexit negotiations. 

Bitcoin surpasses a new peak of $16,000

Bitcoin surpasses a new peak of $16,000

As speculation of Bitcoin’s bubble effect continues, the cryptocurrency has passed the $16,000 mark, meaning it has grown by more than 16 times its original value at the start of 2017. In a few days, Bitcoin futures will become a reality on the CME.

The Autumn budget: everything you need to know

The Autumn budget: everything you need to know

Today at lunchtime, Phillip Hammond – the Chancellor of the Exchequer – announced the 2017 Autumn budget in an hour-long speech. He revealed that growth has slowed and will continue to do so, and notably allocated a further £3bn to Brexit. Technology, housing and the NHS were allocated significant funds. Perhaps aware that the delivery of a finance-focused speech would be prone to dry moments, Hammond also allowed for some humour to slip through. Here, we’ve compiled the main points made – and some of the Chancellor’s jokes - into a digestible read. 

Monarch Airlines goes into administration

Monarch Airlines goes into administration

Monarch, a low-budget British airline with almost 50 years of operational history, has ceased operation. The Luton-based carrier announced it had gone into administration on the 2nd October - leaving up to 110,000 passengers abroad, their flights unceremoniously cancelled.

More financial services to move to Dublin

More financial services to move to Dublin

Insurance syndicate XL Group, an insurer of Lloyds of London, is the latest financial services firm to announce relocation to Dublin. The reason: Brexit. It is one of many big names in the finance sector to move its European base out of London.

BDO on the new financial year

BDO on the new financial year

It’s April and that means it’s the first day of the new financial year! We spoke to Dawn Register, a partner at BDO, to get some of her top tips for making sure businesses and individuals have their tax affairs in order before the financial year gets into full swing!

ACCA unveils enhanced module

ACCA unveils enhanced module

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, commonly known as ACCA, have announced a new approach to their ethical module which features in the top level of the ACCA qualification. 

Accounting Association advocates apprenticeships

Accounting Association advocates apprenticeships

New research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has revealed that almost half of UK businesses have taken on apprentices over the course of the last five years, showing that the trend is rising across all professions. 

Quickfire Quiz: A Day in the Life of a Corporate Risk Analyst

Quickfire Quiz: A Day in the Life of a Corporate Risk Analyst

There's more to do in the banking world than you might think, and here at AllAboutFinanceCareers we want to show you all the different aspects of finance you could experience. In that vein, we sat down for a quickfire bonus quiz with a Corporate Risk Analyst from the London Institute of Banking and Finance, to see try and sum up their working life in just 12 questions!

STEM subjects on the rise

STEM subjects on the rise

A new report has found that perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-based subjects are rapidly improving, in news that will delight the UK government, who have long identified a skills gap in the sector. 

Vital Financial Rules All Freelancers Must Follow

Vital Financial Rules All Freelancers Must Follow

Working as a freelancer can be a liberating experience, whatever role and industry you may be involved in. It has all the perks of being able to work around your own schedule, in the comfort of your own home and take on only work you wish to do. The main downside is that you do not have the financial security of a full-time position and salary. For this reason, there are various rules you must follow to secure your finances.

MBA: The Postgraduate Business Brand

MBA: The Postgraduate Business Brand

There's a lot of information about on which postgraduate business course you should take or the differences between them. We sat down with Simon Healeas, Deputy MBA Director at Westminster Business School, to discuss what the MBA offers and why it's specifically useful for budding finance professionals. 

Three mistakes to avoid when becoming self-employed

Three mistakes to avoid when becoming self-employed

Many people dream of self-employment, and the freedoms and flexibility it offers. We spoke to Ben Barlow about the pros and cons of making such a career move in a finance role, and found out what his top tips were for anyone thinking of making the move. 

Tea breaks or training?

Tea breaks or training?

Latest research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has found that over a million UK employees spend more time on tea breaks than any form of work-based training.

Ambassadors Series: Dennis Wilson

Ambassadors Series: Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson has recently been named the Construction Manager of the Year for 2015, for his work managing the redevelopment of the National Theatre whilst it was still fully operational as a working auditorium. In recognition of this, and in the light of his role model status amongst talented young members of the construction community, we've named him the first in our new series of AllAboutSchoolLeavers Ambassadors. 

Accountants still using unethical practices

Accountants still using unethical practices

Even in the aftermath of huge scandals in the world of Accounting, such as those at Enron and WorldCom, research has suggested that unethical practice is still very much alive and kicking within the accountancy profession.

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

Everyone wants to earn as much as possible in whichever industry they’re part of, but research has revealed that there is a tipping point at which increasing your salary becomes less important in favour of a better work-life balance.

Youth Still Hit Hardest By Recession

Youth Still Hit Hardest By Recession

We’re now six years past the recession that hit our economy in 2009, but latest figures have revealed that 16 to 24 year olds are still disproportionately affected by its fallout. They are over twice as likely than the rest of the European population to be unemployed.

Businesses Approve Subject Choices

Businesses Approve Subject Choices

The Institute of Directors has welcomed record numbers of students securing their places at University this year, and paid special mention to the continued increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects being studied there.

Insight Days/Spring Weeks

Insight Days/Spring Weeks

As it becomes more and more competitive to get into grad schemes and even internships, it’s become more and more important to get your foot in the door of the industry you want to work in early on, and this applies to nowhere more than it does to the Finance industry. What this has led to is a series of programmes designed for first year undergraduates, known as either insight days or spring weeks.

Feeling entrepreneurial? Act fast!

Feeling entrepreneurial? Act fast!

It’s the best time ever to start your own business in the UK, according to Lord Young. The Conservative peer was speaking at the launch of the third Small Business Saturday campaign, which celebrates small firms in the country.

European a-MBA-ssadors

European a-MBA-ssadors

A Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) is a stalwart of the financial world. Notoriously expensive, widely recognised and reassuringly common, an MBA is an in-depth course that gives its students a real insight into how a business works in practice and the leadership skills to enter the management realm. 

Tendr – Tinder For Crowdfunding

Tendr – Tinder For Crowdfunding

Tendr is the latest app on the market to utilise the swipe mechanism of dating-app Tinder and twist it into a different marketing strategy. The app, launched about a month ago, has become a huge talking point about the opportunities it offers for the crowdfunding market.

The Lowdown on NHS Financial Management Training

The Lowdown on NHS Financial Management Training

Following his Economics degree from the university of Westminster, 25-year-old Amin Choudhury is now working as a Finance Management Trainee Accountant as part of the finance department at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He studies for the CIPFA qualification too, which will mean he will qualify as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. He let us in on what the programme is like…

LinkedIn ‘Buzzword Bingo’ Warning

LinkedIn ‘Buzzword Bingo’ Warning

As  professional networking site LinkedIn anticipates update action aplenty this January for thousands of LinkedIn users looking for a new job, they’ve given the heads up on the top ten buzzwords in use on the site that could mean you run the risk of being lost in the crowd.