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Kingston Business School secures prestigious Small Business Charter Award

Posted Friday 6 June 2014

Kingston Business School secures prestigious Small Business Charter Award

Kingston Business School is celebrating after achieving a Small Business Charter award in recognition of the role it has played in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

The Small Business Charter Award scheme - of which Kingston Business School is a trailblazing member - recognises universities which have, between them, already helped 4,700 students to find work placements in Britain's important micro-business and start-up sector....


Kingston University start-up business Le Petit Sac scoops three awards at the Young Enterprise UK finals

Posted Thursday 15 May 2014

At Kingston's Celebrate Enterprise event in April it was announced that Kingston University teams, Le Petit Sac and Bookworm, had been picked to represent South London at the Young Enterprise UK finals.

More than 1,600 students and a total of 272 young companies across the UK took part in the start-up programme this year. Le Petit Sac was one of the top 10 young start-up companies to have made it to the UK finals.

Teams were judged throughout the day on their trade stand, investment proposal, a presentation and an interview by the judges.

Kingston's Le Petit Sac was presented with the Start-up Award for Best Presentation, the Start-up Award for Best Investment Proposal and most importantly, the Start-up Award for Best Overall Company.

As well as the prestige of winning the best overall award, it also means that Le Petit Sac will go on to represent Kingston University and the UK in the JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge in Amsterdam this July.

Kingston University Start-up business Le Petit Sac win three awards at the Young enterprise UK finals

The winning team consists of Judy Maamari – managing and creative director; Hsiao-Kai Lin – finances director; Rueiwei Wen – co-founder; and Mohamed Ashiq – co-founder.

Judy said: "It was an honour for Le Petit Sac team to have won three awards and gained the privilege to represent the UK in the JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge. Thank you Kingston University, for giving us such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we hope we have made you proud!"

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Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running

Posted Thursday 10 April 2014

Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running

Kingston University has topped the tables for graduate start-ups for the fifth year running, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The University's entrepreneurial expertise has seen off competition from 150 higher education institutions across the United Kingdom, after it helped its business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground in 2012/13 – up from 201 the previous year. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2012/13 also shows Kingston University has generated more start-up companies than all of the nine higher education institutions in Wales combined....


Kingston Business School expert predicts many of Chancellor George Osborne's budget measures will have little impact

Posted Wednesday 19 March 2014

Dr Emmanouil Noikokyris said George Osborne's 2014 Budget was about style over substance.As Britain reacts to George Osborne's latest budget announcement, a Kingston Business School academic has contended that, with an election looming, the motive for many of the Chancellor's 'give-aways' is purely political.

Some of the measures outlined were simply about playing to the gallery, Dr Emmanouil Noikokyris, a senior lecturer in accounting and finance, warned. "Cutting beer duty by one penny a pint and slashing bingo duty to ten per cent, for instance, will score well on social media and in the tabloid press, but won't have any real impact and will soon be forgotten," he said.

Predictably there had been plenty of remarks about hard-working people, he said, despite only one significant piece of good news being announced for this group - raising the point at which income tax is paid to £10,500.

With an election on the horizon, Dr Noikokyris suggested some moves were designed to grab votes. "Scrapping the fuel duty rise might be a good move to please car-owning voters, but it has very little regard for the environment," he explained.

However, the budget did provide relief for those people who had been looking after their money. "Of course the measures designed for savers will be a great help for those who have been hit by low interest rates for so long, particularly pensioners," he said. Older people would also really welcome much-needed greater flexibility on pensions for those approaching retirement. "No doubt here Mr Osborne has an eye on the all-important grey vote, which will be critical for all the parties in the run up to the hustings in May 2015," Dr Noikokyris added.

The Chancellor's budget had been designed to appeal to savers and pensioners, according to Kingston University academic Dr Noikokyris. Picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX


Celebrities may be going bankrupt to avoid tax bills, Kingston Law School insolvency expert warns

Posted Tuesday 18 March 2014

Celebrities may be going bankrupt to avoid tax bills, Kingston Law School insolvency expert warns

A Kingston University expert has warned that celebrities may increasingly be abusing the bankruptcy system in order to maximise their earnings and reduce the amount of tax they pay.

Dr John Tribe, a leading researcher on personal insolvency law and bankruptcy history at Kingston University, says that during the past few years he has noticed a significant spike in the number of well-known people becoming bankrupt. "It looks like this trend has been developing partly in response to the recent changes which mean that an individual's bankruptcy record is effectively wiped clean after just a year, reducing both the stigma attached to becoming insolvent and, at the same time, providing a solution to their monetary problems," he suggested. "Also, I suspect that some celebrities are being advised that bankruptcy is the best way to avoid their tax bills."...


Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows

Posted Thursday 6 March 2014

Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows

A study by Kingston Business School students has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.

The Kingston Pound will go on trial in the Royal Borough later this year in an effort to boost the local economy. Brixton, Bristol and Totnes are just some of the places which have already converted to using a local currency alongside Sterling, while people in Hackney are in the process of creating their own version. There are also local currency networks in Europe and the USA....


United States Ambassador and internet pioneer Matthew W. Barzun delivers address at Kingston University's Chancellor's event

Posted Tuesday 18 February 2014

United States Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun steps into the spotlight to address the Chancellor's event. The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom has visited Kingston University as the first high-profile speaker in a new series of Chancellor's events. Eager to see for himself some of the work the University's US-born Chancellor Bonnie Greer had been regaling him about, Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun toured the Knights Park campus where he also addressed a packed lecture.

Ambassador Barzun described the creativity and energy he observed during his visit as contagious, before speaking to staff and students about the close connections between the digital and creative economies. He drew on his own background as an internet pioneer, which saw him become the fourth person to be employed at CNET Networks where he served in a number of roles, including executive vice-president and chief strategy officer. 

During a question and answer session, graphic design student Lizzie Reid asked Ambassador Barzun for his thoughts on technology enabling governments to eavesdrop on their citizens. He traced this back to the reaction of the security agencies to the terror attacks of 9/11, when they had been told never to let such a thing happen again. Since then, he said, technology had advanced and terrorists had become more clever, so the security services needed to place even more emphasis on staying one step ahead.

It was an issue that needed to be kept on the agenda, he added. "It's not enough that only American citizens feel comfortable, or even the citizens of our closest ally, the United Kingdom, feel comfortable," he said. "We need to consider the privacy concerns of 96 per cent of the world who aren't American or British."

When questioned about prominent court cases faced by Amanda Knox and Gary McKinnon and whether issues surrounding extraditing suspects between the United Kingdom and United States might damage the two nation's special relationship, Ambassador Barzun pointed out that the US had never turned down British extradition requests. "This is a matter of trust - whether we trust each other enough to allow our citizens to face trial in the other country," he said.

Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun is introduced to an eager audinece of staff and students by Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg.

Dean of the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing Professor Edith Sim said the ambassador's visit had highlighted the significance of cross-disciplinary work between arts and technology, particularly demonstrated through Digital Media Kingston and the University's expertise in gaming technology. "It was invigorating to hear how vibrant Ambassador Barzun found the environment at Kingston University and his presentation and openness in answering questions was inspirational, " she added.


'Excellent' Kingston Business School courses listed in the Eduniversal Best Masters rankings

Posted Wednesday 12 February 2014

Eduniversal Masters rankingFollowing on from Kingston Business School receiving Excellent Business School status by rankings body Eduniversal, three Kingston University Masters courses have been included in the latest Best Masters rankings.

Best Masters ranks the Masters programmes from more than a thousand business schools and universities. Key criteria include; the reputation of the programmes with human resources managers, career prospects, salaries and details of first jobs. The rankings also look at the results of a satisfaction survey of recent graduates.

"Kingston has held Excellent Business School status since 2008 and the Best Masters Awards are a continuation of the high standing in which we are held by Eduniversal," Dr Stuart Archbold, Head of Kingston Business School said. "What is especially pleasing is that graduates are prepared to endorse the courses, because without their participation we would not have received these awards."

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