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Young entrepreneurs to benefit as Telecoms company Lebara donates £30,000 to Kingston University

Posted Thursday 3 July 2014

Ratheesan Yoganathan graduated from Kingston University in 1999.Young entrepreneurs at Kingston University are to benefit from funding from a global telecommunications company. The Lebara Group will provide £30,000 over the next three years to enable some of the University's most promising entrepreneurs to spread their wings by pitching for bigger investment opportunities.

Ratheesan Yoganathan, a Kingston University graduate and one of Lebara's three founding members said "Investing in young people and their future is hugely important to me, we need to support entrepreneurs, as it is only through them that the economy can continue to recover and grow into the future."

"We have a responsibility to nurture and help young people as they begin their working life and encourage them to realise their full potential in whatever they dream and aspire to do. I am honoured to be able to help give back to the talented entrepreneurs and students at Kingston University."

Kingston University and Lebara have already been working together to nurture entrepreneurship and enterprise in the UK. During the past three years, the Lebara Seed Fund has provided small grants to more than 50 talented Kingston entrepreneurs, enabling web and app developers to achieve their MVP (minimum viable product), filmmakers and freelancers to buy vital tools and equipment, product designers and inventors to work up prototypes, and service developers to run small-scale trials.

Lebara's latest donation is a great vote of confidence in Kingston University and Martha Mador, associate professor Enterprise, said she was delighted the company would be refunding the University's entrepreneurship programme. "This will help even more students start their own businesses. We have a great synergy with Lebara, as an enterprising company and an enterprising university," she said.

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Kingston University lecturer's industry-based approach to education earns National Teaching Fellowship award

Posted Thursday 12 June 2014

Kingston University lecturer's industry-based approach to education earns National Teaching Fellowship award

A Kingston Business School academic's industry-based teaching approach has led to her being awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

Nominees for what has become one of the most coveted awards in higher education underwent a rigorous application process to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to teaching excellence. Dr Deborah Anderson, an associate professor in strategy, marketing and innovation at Kingston, impressed the judges with her teaching initiative, 'Employer Insights', which brings students into the heart of industry to compile research by interviewing leading figures in the world of marketing....


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....


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