Key current trends

I was fortunate enough to attend a leading investment bank's global technology conference recently in London. Here is a short note on some of the key trends.

GDP Growth Rate

  2012 (%) 2013 (%) 2014 (%) 2015 (%)
UK 0.1 1.7 2.1 2.4
Euro zone (ex UK) -0.5 0.0 1.0 1.5
Germany 1.0 0.8 1.4 1.5
France 0.2 0.4 0.9 1.6
USA 2.1 2.2 2.8 2.4
Global 3.0 3.3 3.8 3.7


UK – GDP Growth Rate (%) (From year 2000 to 2012)

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
3.0% 1.9% 1.6% 2.2% 3.2% 1.9% 2.8% 3.1% 0.7% -5% 1.3% 0.7% 0.1%


Intangible assets are resources that are not of a physical form, yet are extremely valuable to a business. They can contribute to up to 80% of company value. Examples of intangible assets include: patents, trade secrets, brand reputation and know-how.

Companies find it difficult to yield the value from these assets, as it is difficult to identify them. In three simple steps, Inngot solves this problem by allowing any organisation to identify and describe all of their intangible assets and establish their value.

1. The company creates a profile by choosing the elements that apply to their innovation.

You might have asked yourself the question: What does an investor look for in an entrepreneur? What personal characteristics make for a successful entrepreneur?

By kind permission of Kingsley Napley, London based lawyers

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising capital through numerous small investors. This is predominantly done online and the investment platform will rarely have a lower limit with many accepting as little as £10. In return the investor will receive either share equity and/or an “exclusive gift” which could be a ticket to a concert or a backstage pass where the investment vehicle is a band. The hosting platform generally takes around 5% commission.

Top 5 broadband speeds worldwide

(According to Akamai, a leading Internet monitoring firm. Q1 report, 2012)

1. South Korea – 15.7Mbps*

2. Japan – 10.9Mbps*

3. Hong Kong – 9.3Mbps*

4. Netherlands – 8.8Mbps*

5. Latvia – 8.8Mbps*

*Average broadband connection speed

In May 2012 the UK did not appear in the top 10 ranking for worldwide fastest broadband speeds, with an average of just 6.8Mbps.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that around 8 million Britons are working part-time, a record high over the last two decades. The growth in part-time employment has helped to reduce the total unemployment figure which has now fallen to its lowest level for a year.

What is 4G?

4G is the fourth generation of mobile networks that aims to provide a faster and more reliable Internet connection for data transmission via smart devices, such as phones and tablets. Benefits include: allowing users to quickly load websites, download large e-mail attachments and stream audio and video effectively.

You will hear the acronym ‘LTE’. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is the 4G technology that is being used by 4G networks in the UK.

The term 4G may be new to you as it has only recently been launched in the UK. In actual fact however, it has been used for several years, with over 40 countries, such as USA, Germany and South Korea, having already adopted it.

LinkedIn is a social network rapidly growing in magnitude and importance to professionals around the world. It has become the “go to” site for professionals looking to develop business relationships with other professionals and for companies looking to hire high quality candidates.

In order to utilise LinkedIn as efficiently as possible it is important to make a good impression by clearly stating individual objectives and skills.

What is the U.S Fiscal Cliff?

In recent weeks,leading up to the recent US presidential election, there has been a lot of press coverage of the U.S “Fiscal Cliff”. However, now that the presidential election is over, the debate surrounding the Fiscal Cliff is taking centre stage. But what exactly is the “Fiscal Cliff”?

The Fiscal Cliff is used to describe the combination of the expiration of several fiscal stimulus measures and additional tax increases along with spending cuts.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (cebr) finds there has been a change in goods exports over the past 3 months – with the non-EU exports overtaking EU exports by 1.5%. This is both because exports to the EU have fallen, and because exports to non-EU countries have grown.

A UK balance of payments surplus is also expected by cebr in the long term, partly because of more exports, and partly because the squeeze on UK incomes means that overall imports to the UK are likely to fall.
Sources: CEBR, ICAEW

It is said that the Olympic games will help recover the UK economy, as opposed to the view that the UK cannot afford to host such an event. According to a study from the Lloyds Banking Group, the UK economy is predicted to benefit from a £16.5 Billion GDP boost from the Olympic and Paralympic games. Tourism and construction sectors will push the economy as a result of the Games and will therefore create jobs and opportunities for businesses. In fact, small and medium businesses are expected to create 52% of the overall GDP increase. It is also expected that the Games will create a so called ‘happiness effect’, which will cause an improved confidence and therefore increase consumer spending.

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