Business and economy
Christmas dinners: Why less affluent shoppers pay more whilst the wealthy pay less
The cost of a Christmas dinner has dropped by about £12.25 for wealthier shoppers over the last seven years while less affluent consumers are paying an average of £5.33 more, new analysis has found.
Loughborough University publishes vision to support UK Industrial Strategy and nurture nationwide economic growth
Loughborough University has today (11 December) launched the Loughborough Area of Innovation – an ambitious vision for University-led growth aligned to the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Expert comment: How Brexit might not make us all 'worse off'
Is GDP the best measure for predicting whether the UK will be better or worse off after Brexit? Loughborough economist Dr Jon Seaton says perhaps not...
Students beat global competition and secure place on renowned accelerator programme with tech start-up
Loughborough students have beaten off competition from around the globe to take part in an acclaimed development programme with their tech idea that creates a new way to discover restaurants and find offers.
More Turkey and Toyota next Christmas?
This time next year, if Brexit goes ahead, either by March in May’s heavily criticised negotiated deal or sudden death hard Brexit, then the UK will be a very different place.
Established academic publishes new textbook on business analytics
A Loughborough University academic and a leading practitioner have co-authored an innovative new textbook on business analytics.
Careers Fair enjoyed by more than 6,000 students and hundreds of internationally-respected organisations
More than 6,000 students attended Loughborough University’s Autumn Graduate and Placement Fair and met with representatives from world-renowned organisations such as Samsung, Mercedes and British Airways.
Expert comment: Bitcoin is "10-years-old and still immature"
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the paper which led to the creation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Professor Alistair Milne, Professor of Financial Economics, discusses the history of this form of electronic cash and shares his thoughts on its future.
University community celebrate opening of The Start-Up Lab
A brand, new focal point at Loughborough University that aims to support entrepreneurial students to develop their businesses has officially opened.
Renowned national and international organisations join the Collaborative Project
Loughborough University London is to collaborate with more than 30 respected national and international organisations for a project that challenges students to solve real business problems.
University is part of major initiative set to accelerate innovation in the Midlands
Loughborough is part of the UK’s largest collaboration between university technology transfer offices, launched today by Midlands Innovation to attract investment and management talent to the region.
Loughborough launches leadership apprenticeship programmes
Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics has set up two apprenticeship leadership programmes for working professionals.
Imago Venues shortlisted for two prestigious hospitality awards
Loughborough University’s conference, hotel and events brand, Imago Venues, has been shortlisted for Best Team and Most Innovative Business Partner in the 2018 Leicestershire Promotions Tourism and Hospitality Awards.
Loughborough academic and students win awards at X-culture 2018
Wanjun Jia and Xiaomeng Wang - who are Masters students on the International Management programme - have each won a ‘Best Teams’ award at X-Culture 2018 for their international business projects.
Professor Milne to give keynote speech at the 2018 Indonesian Finance Association
Professor Alistair Milne is giving the keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Indonesian Finance Association.
EXPERT COMMENT: The Government’s upbeat export strategy is masking a much darker reality for overseas networks
Economist Dr Huw Edwards picks apart the Government’s rhetorical vision of global export dominance and reveals a much more challenging future…
Students bag third position in global construction competition
Four Loughborough University students have achieved global success after coming third in an international construction business challenge.
Loughborough University launches a world's first professional education programme for sports agents
Loughborough University and the Association of Football Agents (AFA) will launch a unique professional certificate for aspiring football agents later this year.
"Adequate food supplies" after Brexit could mean higher prices, more congestion and increased food crime, warns Loughborough supply chain expert
The UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has said that steps might have to be taken to ensure that there are “adequate food supplies” for Britain should there be a no deal scenario with the European Union.
Success for Loughborough students at this year’s New Designers
Loughborough University students have scooped a range of sought-after awards at this year’s New Designers – an annual showcase for emerging talent across the design sector.
Student inspired to design traffic detection device for horse riders following accident
A Loughborough University student hopes the traffic detection device they have designed for horse riders will help reduce the number of accidents on the road.
IV stand designed for children aims to reduce anxiety and improve hospital experience
A fun, friendly ride-on IV stand designed by a Loughborough student looks to reduce children’s anxiety in hospital.
Students head to Canada for final of global construction competition
Four Loughborough University students are flying to Toronto in the hope of global success after reaching the final of an international construction business challenge.
Students to showcase innovative creations at New Designers
A traffic detection device for horse riders, a digital camera for people with visual impairments and a product that turns plastic waste into sanitation pipes…
Loughborough University London to contribute to project that aims to double female and BAME founders by 2020
Loughborough University London is to study the effectiveness of a recently-launched initiative that aims to provide female entrepreneurs, and those from some of capital’s most under-represented communities, with the opportunity to start and scale a high growth tech business.
Loughborough researchers help develop revolutionary biogas system
Researchers at Loughborough University have been collaborating with colleagues in Thailand to develop a small scale biogas system that converts food waste to methane and can be monitored via the internet.
Santander Universities funding supports launch of Start-up Lab for enterprising students and local business community
This autumn sees the launch of a brand new focal point at Loughborough University that supports entrepreneurial students to develop businesses, and local companies to prosper.
School of Business and Economics to celebrate Decision Sciences with an exciting day of events
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) will be celebrating Decision Sciences and the research academics are engaged in later this month with an exciting workshop and lecture.
Academics launch toolkit that aims to help businesses understand the experience their customers want
Loughborough University academics have launched a free downloadable toolkit that aims to help entrepreneurs understand the experience desired by customers.
Loughborough University London academic receives award for work that supports BAME communities in Southwark
Loughborough University London’s Director of Studies has been recognised for her work to support BAME traders and customers that are set to be impacted by a Southwark development.
Loughborough students’ idea to help improve pharmaceutical productivity
Four Loughborough PhD students have come up with an innovative idea to reduce production line downtime and improve pharmaceutical productivity.
OFWAT among guests at water industry workshop to discuss the future of prices
Water companies and regulators for England, Scotland and Wales will meet at Loughborough University next week to discuss the future of regulated consumer prices.
Owner of world-famous casino visits Loughborough to hear about latest research
Jimmy Thomas, one of Loughborough’s most successful businessmen, visited the University last week to discuss research being conducted by the School of Business and Economics.
Tricks cold callers use to keep you hanging on
A Loughborough University team of psychologists has identified the tricks used by cold callers to get contacts to agree to a meeting.
What will the Sainsbury’s and ASDA merger mean for shoppers and the supermarket sector?
The marriage of ASDA and Sainsbury’s will create a dominant giant which will need to be kept a close eye on if customers are to be protected, writes Dr Jon Seaton.
Students win Pitch@Palace award with chatbot system that aims to make eating out easy
Students Matt Pritchard and James Powell-Tuck have won a sought-after national award for their foody tech idea – and they have even been congratulated by a member of the royal family!
Creative, Marketing and Media event hailed a success
Students passionate about a career in Creative, Marketing and Media were given unique industry insight last week at an event at Loughborough University London.
Loughborough University in partnership to launch Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator
The Midlands Innovation university partnership, which includes Loughborough University, is to launch a connected system of technology transfer offices that will drive jobs and economic growth across the Midlands region, following a £5 million award from Research England.
Loughborough research to assess the economic impact of a ‘healthy nation’
Loughborough University academics have secured funding for a project that aims to inform policy makers of the true cost of creating a ‘healthy nation’.
Alumnus bags deal with Firebox.com after success on Channel 4 show
Loughborough alumnus Simon Lyons has bagged a deal with online retailer Firebox.com after appearing on Channel 4 last night (Monday) with his innovative product Mobu: The World’s Most Versatile Cable Clip.
Santander meets university community it has helped support at beneficiary event
Santander representatives visited the University last month to meet the students, academics and entrepreneurs it has provided support to.
Design project launches tools to support employment opportunities in lower income countries
A number of tools and resources that encourage product and industrial designers to rethink the ways in which they use materials have been launched following a successful social impact research project led by Loughborough University.
London Venture Crawl: students meet top entrepreneurs as part of 12-hour city tour
Loughborough University students boarded a double-decker bus last week for a unique entrepreneurial tour of the capital that saw them visit creative hubs and meet industry leaders.
Symposium marks 35th anniversary of classic ‘Images of Welfare’ study
Delegates from all over the country visited the University earlier this month to remember and rethink a study that looked at how the media shaped attitudes to poverty and welfare in the 1970s.
School of Business and Economics launches new Senior Leaders Apprenticeship programmes
Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics has developed a suite of postgraduate apprenticeship programmes for organisations that wish to develop, promote and retain their talented managers using the Apprenticeship Levy.
London project that saw over 660 students tackle real business challenges is celebrated at event
A Loughborough University London project, which challenges students to help solve real problems set by a wide variety of organisations, was celebrated at an event last week.
Chance to learn about sports management or entrepreneurship at International Summer School
Are you interested in the idea of becoming your own boss? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn more about what it’s like to work in management within the sports industry?
Loughborough hosts Electronic Lifeguard Design Challenge
Loughborough University is hosting a design competition that hopes to improve water safety for both athletes and recreational swimmers.
Loughborough launches new University Management and Leadership programme
A new programme designed to develop ambitious graduates for leadership and management roles in higher education has been launched by Loughborough University.
An economist’s guide to Valentine’s Day spending – love on a budget
Loved-up millennials are expected to be the biggest spenders this Valentine’s Day with an average outgoing of more than £80 on wining, dining, flowers and gifts – but you don’t need to break the bank to melt a heart.
Switch On Stand Out: Students to help local businesses as part of social media training programme
A Loughborough Students’ Union training programme is looking to support, advise and train local businesses in the benefits of social media marketing.
Free training for HVAC professionals
BISPA, Loughborough University’s dedicated training centre supporting innovation in building information modelling (BIM) and pipework systems, is offering free CPD workshops in pipework awareness from Tuesday 6 February - Friday 9 February, as part of the BSEE Building Services forum.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrisons report Christmas growth but the bigger picture shows their market dominance continues to decline
Dr Jon Seaton, of Loughborough University's School of Business and Economics, analyses the longer-term power balance of the UK supermarket sector.
Loughborough University’s plans for technology transfer
Loughborough and seven other universities in the Midlands are collaborating in technology transfer, it has been announced.
Loughborough University helping to drive growth across the UK
The importance of Loughborough University to the economy and employment, both regionally and nationally, has been highlighted by a new report.
Big win for Loughborough at the 2017 Personnel Today Awards
The University’s School of Business and Economics, in partnership with Anglian Water and Lane4 have won the prestigious Personnel Today Award for Excellence in Learning and Development.
Global leader in sport business joins Loughborough University London
Aaron Smith has been appointed as Professor of Sport Business at Loughborough University London.
Playing sports like football and rugby at work could not only keep you healthy but improve your productivity as well
Workplace sport plays an important role in keeping people physically and mentally healthy as well as improving productivity, a new study has found.
University partner announces £9.5m world-class skills centre
MIRA Technology Park – the UK’s leading automotive Technology Park and Enterprise Zone – has announced the construction of the MIRA Technology Institute.
Exploring the future of retail at Loughborough University
On 28 September, Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics will host a celebration of 25 years of retail education and research with a one-day event featuring presentations, workshops and discussions.
Major investment sees partner expand operations at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park
Interface Polymers, based at the University’s Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) has secured a £2m investment round led by private capital investment group 24Haymarket to advance its unique Polarfin® copolymer additive technology.
Tackling modern slavery: New white paper addresses the construction industry’s biggest blight
With modern slavery built into the fabric of global construction, experts and academics have come together to tackle the catalogue of human rights issues which plague the industry.
Loughborough University: Proud partner of a £276 million national infrastructure improvement programme, launched today
Loughborough University is part of a multi-million infrastructure research programme which has been officially launched in London today.
Groundbreaking water meter app nominated for national awards
A new water meter app developed at Loughborough University has been shortlisted for two national awards.
International collaboration for new construction publication
Dr Kirti Ruikar from the University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering has collaborated with academics from the UK, USA and Australia to produce a new book focusing on information technology (ICT) in the construction industry.
The cost of raising a child in 2017: UK’s poorest families expected to make stagnant benefits stretch further
For the first time since the creation of the modern welfare state the annual rising cost of providing for a child is not being matched by the Government, according to new research.
University partnership wins Knowledge Catalyst award
Loughborough University has worked in partnership with DJB Instruments (UK) since 2015, and the successful collaboration has been recognised by an EADT Business Award.
Success of Women in World Athletics programme celebrated with final seminar
Since 2012, a team of academics led by Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics has worked with European and British Athletics on the Women in World Athletics (WIWA) programme.
Crossrail chairman awarded honorary degree by Loughborough University
Sir Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology (DTech).
Honorary Loughborough degree for mountaineer who conquered the Ogre with two broken legs
Adventurer Doug Scott descended The Ogre – the most difficult mountain in Pakistan – with two broken legs.
Transport technology from Loughborough University will shape the future of Britain’s railways as part of a £92 million innovation venture
Loughborough University will draw upon its award-winning transport systems research when it joins a £92 million academia and industry partnership aimed at developing the future of British railways.
Living standards squeeze tightens despite pay rises and tax cuts
Working families with children are facing bigger shortfalls in their household budgets this year, despite an increase in the National Living Wage and tax cuts, according to the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.
The Internet is not a level playing field for running a successful business… especially if you are a woman
Women who run online businesses are less likely to be given funding or be taken seriously despite expectations that the Internet would level the entrepreneurial playing field.
Life after 5G: Communications experts from Loughborough University join EU science project to boost knowledge of nanotechnology
Communications experts at Loughborough University are looking beyond 5G and developing the longer-term future of wireless technology as part of a £600,000 European research project into electromagnetics and nanoelectronics.30 March 2017
Game-changing 3D print innovations invented at Loughborough University feature at the heart of new manufacturing centre
An advanced 3D printing technique developed at Loughborough University which is capable of mass-producing up to 100,000 components a day will be at the heart of a new manufacturing centre, officially launched this week.30 March 2017
Farming from space: Satellite technology set to tackle China’s worrying irrigation issues
Scientists are set to use cutting edge space technology to tackle the severe water shortages affecting huge quantities of northern China’s agriculture and crop yields.20 March 2017
How much do you need to earn to live in London? Loughborough University research shows four out of 10 people in the capital fall below the threshold
Four Londoners in every 10 do not earn enough money to maintain a decent standard of living, new research by Loughborough University has found.13 March 2017
Midlands Innovation welcomes the publication of the Midlands Engine strategy
The Government has today published the Midlands Engine strategy, which will help position the Midlands as a major UK and European gateway, to unlock the region’s potential and support growth across every sector.9 March 2017
Loughborough University London Dean at Future Cities Forum
The Dean of Loughborough University London will be presenting at the Future Cities Forum in London today (Monday 6 March).6 March 2017
Tesco goes greener and significantly cuts its energy bill thanks to study by Loughborough University
Academics at Loughborough University have helped Tesco reduce its carbon footprint and save on its energy bill by proposing alterations to the working practices of its store staff.20 February 2017
Colleagues unlikely to intervene in online workplace bullying
Work colleagues are less likely to intervene in workplace bullying if it takes place online, research from Loughborough University has found.6 January 2017
Longitudinal health and safety project is a first for UK construction
Researchers at Loughborough University are embarking on a unique project that will track and inform health and safety leadership, policies, and practices at Tideway.13 December 2016
Nearly three quarters of academic and professional women in higher education believe men are more likely to get senior positions
Research from Loughborough University has revealed that higher education is failing women on their path to senior roles.12 December 2016
Loughborough’s Earn to Learn scheme could keep more jobs UK-based
Graduate jobs are on the decline as companies look to outsource their middle management roles. But one academic’s surprise solution could not only stop the flow of UK jobs going overseas, but also provide current students with financial assistance and improved career prospects.30 November 2016
New policy must be adopted to protect cancer patients’ work rights
A Loughborough academic has called for cancer patients to be given similar work rights to pregnant women.15 November 2016
Advanced Technology Innovation Centre drives rapid growth
The latest development on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC), has achieved over 95% occupancy within a year of its launch. With strong demand for start-up space and more developed companies rapidly expanding, ATIC is already playing a vital role in driving local economic growth.6 October 2016
National commission commends Loughborough research as foundation for Living Wage
The Living Wage Commission has established a new, independent basis for setting the Living Wage across the UK, in which Loughborough research plays a central role.26 September 2016
New report finds parents on minimum wage cannot meet basic family costs
Parents working on the ‘national living wage’ still can’t earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum living standard for their children, warns a new report by Loughborough University.22 September 2016
Loughborough graduate wins national round of prestigious design competition
A new portable cooling device to improve vaccine transportation in developing countries has been announced as the UK winner of the 2016 James Dyson Award.8 September 2016
Loughborough graduates targeted by leading banks
Loughborough is one of a select few universities from around the world that major banks target to recruit their analysts, according to new data released by financial services careers website efinancialcareers.16 August 2016
High childcare costs hit working parents’ living standards, research reveals
New research from Loughborough University published today (20 July) reveals that childcare costs are leaving working couples £2,600 a year short of a decent living standard.20 July 2016
EU Referendum campaign analysis book launched at Westminster
An EU Referendum analysis and opinion book featuring contributions from Loughborough University academics has been officially launched at Westminster.19 July 2016
Struggling families crave stability in uncertain times, study shows
Over a third of families (more than 2 million households) in the UK are earning below the minimum income needed for an acceptable living standard.15 July 2016
Scientists trial fingerprint development method for Britain’s new polymer banknotes
New research into the most effective way of lifting fingerprints from polymer banknotes has been led by scientists at Loughborough University.13 July 2016
London Weighting not high enough to meet extra cost of living in the capital
The average London worker is at least £2,000 worse off in pay supplements causing a drop in basic living standards, a new report reveals.12 July 2016
University to host conference on ethical standards of banking
Loughborough University’s Centre for Professional Work and Society and Centre for Post-Crisis Finance is set to host a conference investigating the professional and ethical standards in banking on 20 – 21 May.19 May 2016
Growth Builder announces first cohort
Growth Builder, the business growth programme designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, has today announced the first cohort of 48 businesses selected to participate in the 12-month programme.4 May 2016
Government investment of £30m needed in training to boost electric vehicle sales, report warns
Greater investment is needed in specialist electric and hybrid vehicle maintenance and repair training by 2020 or the UK economy could miss out on £51 billion a year.3 May 2016
New £180m fund to accelerate energy research across the Midlands Engine
A major new fund designed to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills across the Midlands Engine has been officially launched with significant backing from Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.27 April 2016
LUSEP company wins second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in three years
CommAgility, the leading UK wireless technology company based on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, announced today that it has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, the UK’s most prestigious award for business success.21 April 2016
Graduate business celebrates third birthday with first national awards ceremony
Loughborough University graduate and Studio alumnus, Sophie-Louise Hyde, hosted the first national awards celebration for emerging creatives to mark the third birthday of her online platform, The Student Wordsmith.21 April 2016
Rising entrepreneurial talent celebrated at prestigious awards ceremony
Loughborough University recognises emerging entrepreneurial talent in the finals of the Leicestershire County and East Midlands, Young Enterprise Company of the Year Competition.19 April 2016
International Business student invited to Downing Street
Final-year International Business student, Dominic Matcham, was one of an elite group of young entrepreneurs invited to attend the 2016 Founders of the Future event at 10 Downing Street.21 March 2016
First British snowboarding and ski brand made for women by women seeks to break gender stereotypes
Loughborough University graduates Susie Beere and Sophie Kelly have officially launched the first British snowboarding and ski brand designed specifically for women.23 February 2016
Student aims to solve global warming by riding his bike
Sports Technology student Joe Porter has received a £10,000 grant for his idea, PowerRide, which aims to stem global warming.16 February 2016
Risk of falling below decent living standard continues to rise, despite record employment, research reveals
Six in 10 households (2.6 million) are struggling to make ends meet, despite having someone in work.15 February 2016
Loughborough University London student projects impress business leaders
A Loughborough University London project which challenges students to help solve real problems set direct by businesses has been praised by company partners.12 February 2016
New centre places Loughborough at heart of UK aerospace engineering and technology development
The Business Minister, Anna Soubry MP, has today announced £9.8 million of funding towards the establishment of a new facility that will position Loughborough University as a primary UK hub for aerospace engineering and technology.5 February 2016