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November 29, 2015

UK’s largest public sector employers:British army and RAF among top 10

" UK biggest public sector employers"
This list of the top 10 UK public sector employees as and the number of employers which they  employ according  to the office of  national statistics:The NH England and Scotland are the biggest public sector employers, followed by  Revenue and Customs, UK. The British Army established in1660 is the no 3 biggest employer in United Kingdom having 125,430 employers .
The UK Royal Air Force  has 37,200 in its rolls. The Ministry of Justice and ministry of defence has  around  68,000 and 65,000 employers

, UK Statistics are available on an ad hoc basis from public company annual reports.Currently Royal Mail, G4S, Tesco and Compass Group are the largest plc employers.

November 6, 2015

with 2.2billion USD invested by VC and PE firms, Berlin pips London as Europe’s hottest start up hotspot,

In 2014, for the first time ever, Berlin was Europe’s  latest start up hotspot.Berlin start-ups attracted more venture capital funding than  London: VC & PE firms pumped in funds  worth 2.2 billion USD in Berlin compared to 1.5 billion USD in London and is now the top city for venture capital investment in Europe. 

"Berlin overtakes London as the latest start up hotspot"

During the first 6 months  of 2015, this trend continued with Berlin attracting funding upto  1.4 billion euros compared to 1.1 billion euros in London. (source )

Newer startups and existing Unicorn’s are playing a huge role in ensuring Berlin’s latest start up culture  is alive and kicking . The fact that ” Berlin is among the radar screen of VC funding and PE firms” has to do with the fact internet companies and start up like  Zalando and Rocket Internet are not only thriving but also has started mentoring start ups to succeed by investing in promising business ideas.

Berlin’s digital economy alone employs about 60,000 people with one in eight jobs being created in the digital economy since 2008  and approximately 500 new digital technology companies are set up annually.Most startups are located in the former East Berlin across  the central district of Mitte, not too far from the main boulevard “Torstrasse,” often referred to as “Silicon Allee.”

 The latest  start up that’s creating buzz across the world  after Berlin based ” Soundcloud “is EyeEm, online community and marketplace for photographers, formed in Berlin. 
Unlike other  European technology market  where startup scenes are normally focused around one growth area like gaming apps in Helsinki, Finland  which is home to Nokia as well.However
 Berlin is more across the board, with a touch of emphasis on e-commerce,cloud based SaaS model, Gaming, Mobile Apps as well as b2b marketplace  

Berlin’s emergence as start up hotspot is  largely led by  four companies: Zalando/Rocket Internet Project A and Soundcloud , as well as established delivery services like Delivery Hero, Lieferheld and Increasingly  Companies are beginning to notice this  trying to make berlin a hub of their digital ecosystem . Here are some examples
  • Recently Cisco has chosen to locate its “Internet of Everything” innovation center in Berlin.
  • Lufthansa launched its  “Innovation Hub”the Telekom with their T-Labs  in Berlin
  • Volkswagen  with the International Creative Lab etc., are based in Berlin to be closer to the start-up and digital technology scene.

"latest start up jobs in Berlin"

Berlin’s hottest start ups

Among other notable technology start ups in Berlin  

  •  One of the largest startups (> 170 people) and with the most open positions in Berlin is GameDuell -: Check out the latest jobs in Berlin here 
  • Includes brands4friends – dawanda – 
  • DailyDeal – DigitaleSeiten – eDarling – 
  • Groupon (CityDeal) – 
  • hiogi – imedo – 
  • KaeuferPortal – 
  • Madvertise –
  •  mirapodo –
  •  MisterSpex – moviepilot – 
  • MyHammer – 
  • MySportBrands – 
  • SoundCloud – 
  • SponsorPay – 
  • studiVZ – 
  • Webtrekk – 
  • wooga –
  •  zalando

November 5, 2015

UK Counties mobile web download speeds :Glasgow vs Edinburgh vs Manchester vs Liverpool

Mobile web download speeds compared : Glasgow vs Edinburgh v Manchester vs Liverpool vs Bristol vs Leicester vs Birmingham vs London vs Nottingham


November 3, 2015

Regional distribution of web usage in United Kingdom;

"UK internet demographics by geographic region"

UK Internet usage and Penetration by Region

In terms of web usage  across United Kingdom , The west Midlands, east Midlands, East of England,London, Scotland ,South East were regions across UK which had the higher internet and web usage

"regional distribution of internet usage across United Kingdom"
:Source: Office for National Statistics

Regional Distribution  of internet usage in UK

  1. The South East had the highest proportion of recent internet users (90%) and Northern Ireland was the area with the lowest proportion (80%) 
  2. In quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015, 86% of adults (44.7 million) in the UK had used the internet in the last 3 months (recent users)
  3.  Across UK it is estimated that  of 85% The South East had the highest proportion of recent internet users (90%) and Northern Ireland was the area with the lowest proportion (80%).

November 1, 2015

London’s hottest 3 start ups in 2015

" London's hottest start ups"

Which  industry verticals  are venture funds most likely to invest in

London’s investors list an average of 13 market  verticals tags each and are most interested in the large general markets like  (404), Consumer Internet (367), Enterprise Software (266) and E-Commerce (215). The most popular markets for London’s investors:

1)DELIVEROO 76-78 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QS
 Deliveroo drivers collect the food and deliver it “usually seven to eight minutes after it leaves the kitchen”.Its a QS food ordering system as well as provides logistical support to fast food giants as well as neighbourhood stores.Orders can be delivered only via tablet ( android and iOS app). Its present in ten UK cities — as well as Dublin, Paris and Berlin — Deliveroo raised £16m in January
and plans to expand into 30 cities by year end

Co Founders:Will Shu and Greg Orlowski

 2)IMPROBABLE 20 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3HE 

Improbable calls itself as an enabler of connecting gaming enthusiasts online . Its vision is to  create vast online games with thousands of players playing across virtual worlds.The company is using the ” technique of “distributed systems” used in high-frequency trading and applying them to video games.
 the company recently announced $20 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

Co-founders:  Cambridge graduates Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead

3)WORLDREMIT 66 Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UD Worldremit is your typical money exchange services, much like western union. However WorldRemit makes the process easier while charging lower commission than high-street banks. The company already has raised fund to the tune of raised $100 million in February from Technology Crossover Ventures and Accel, with plans to expand into the US and worldwide The World Bank estimates that international money transfers will hit $646 billion in 2015.

Co-founders :Having a former UN advisor as a co-founder surely helps . Its founded by  former UN adviser Ismail Ahmed.

October 30, 2015

top 10 european consumer internet start ups valued above a billion USD by VC firms

' start ups above a billion dollars in valuation in Europe"

13 European  consumer Internet start ups  are valued between 1billion to 10billion USD

  1. The number one consumer Internet brand  is SPOTIFY  with a valuation of $8.5billion  
  2. GLOBAL FASHION GROUP  ranks 2nd and is valued at $3.4 billion 
  3. DELIVERY HERO  ranks 3rd and is valued at $3.1 billion

 "start ups above a billion dollars in valuation in Europe"

October 29, 2015

:mobile broadband subscriptions vs fastest mobile broadband speeds

mobile broadband subscribers vs speeds"

comparison of nations :Mobile broadband penetration vs mobile broadband speeds

In terms of mobile broadband penetration Europe and America tops mobile broadband subscriptions, followed by CIS nations, Asia pacific and  Middle east. The Europeans amd Americas have an average of 75-77% mobile broadband penetration

In terms of mobile broadband speeds, Akamai’s latest report  confirms that  UK now has an average mobile connection speed of 20.4Mbps, a huge 28 percent increase on the previous quarter. The average UK speed is twice that of second-placed Denmark, which has a 10Mbps average, while other leading nations such as Germany (5.7Mbps), the US (4Mbps) and even South Korea (8.8Mbps) lag some way behind.
The UK can also boast that more than 95 percent of all mobile connections are over 4Mbps, which is twice as fast as the 2Mbps stipulated by the last government as the basic speed needed for fixed broadband services.

September 1, 2015

The richest women billionaires : United States vs Europe


According to latest CNN estimates out of  are 2,325 billionaires in the world, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, and just over 12% of them are women.If one had to calculate the amount  of total wealth held by female  Billionaires.Out of the 286 female billionaires identified, only 17% have self-made fortunes.The US is home to the largest number of richest women in the world ( billionare women)
Globally, the U.S. is the country with the highest number of billionaire residents — both male and female. It boasts 609 of the world’s richest people.

"The richest women  billionaires : United States vs Europe"

August 30, 2015

Bailout of Top 5 Banking Companies by UK Government

The UK government plans to sell its 80% stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland.
This chart takes a look at how the UK government has  paid in terms of government bailout and how much it has got backk
But how much has been paid in bank bailouts and how much has the government got back?

August 24, 2015

3 industries that are leading real estate office space boom in London

The industries that are leading Real estate Office boom in London

The latest Deloitte survey on  the growth of office space real estate in London shows that corporations continue to invest on real estate office space in a big way.
  1. The latest estimates show that   London office space construction is up by 24% in the last 6 months  with more than 9.5million square feet of prime office rental space under construction
  2. Office space real estate  in London increased by 6.3million sq feet in 2014 a ten year high since 2005
  3. 50% of real estate office space boom in London is led by the TMT industry Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry

In 2012, Tech, media and telco made up 12% of real estate occupancy in London for the first three quarters

July 30, 2015

Germany, UK and France top EU internet spends per user

The chart shows the list of European nations who tops internet shopping per users. To see the chart and the list of here or see below the jump

european online spends per person : top 3 nations"

How European nations ranks among the highest online spends per user

The UK leads in Internet shopping across europe   with a average   1071 sterling per shopper in 2014, which increased almost 10% in 2015  to record 1174 pounds
Online retail sales are predicted to reach £52.25bn in the UK this year,  which equals to 15% of retail sales online .
Germany ranks no 2 with with  an average german user spending 1023 sterling online as compared to 890 sterling in 2014 , showing a solid growth of  14% in 2015
France takes the next place with online shopping spends per person at 767  sterling, followed by Spain, Italy and Netherlands

July 26, 2015

how startups fund their business : top 5 source of funding

" top 5 ways of funding a start up"
What are the most common methods of raising fund for a start up ? How many actually get funding from a equity firm or Venture investors? How many of them actually self sponsor? and how many use home loan or credit card loan.

Believe it or not, around 60% of  start ups businesses use their lifetime saving s from their bank . Investment by venture capital accounts for only 0.04% of  new businesses ,while a huge 10% actually use their personal credit card with astronomical  rate of interest for starting their venture. Infact business loan from Government   rank higher , in the 5th place .Home equity loan and  credit card forms 15% of  ” how start ups invests in their business

source : U.S. Census Bureau Research Date: March 23rd, 2015
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July 25, 2015

US Angel Investment percentage by industry since 2010 onwards

Source: Center for Venture Research, US Small Business Administration, 
Angel Resource Institute, Angel Capital Education Foundation Research 

The chart shows the entire data on the total investment by equity fund managers and angel investors  across US from 2010 onwards
The chart breaks down investment by industry and  Average stage of the company that was receiving investment

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Start up funding in London to exceed $2billion this year, crosses $683 million in Q1

"VC funding in London exceeds $2billion this year"

London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015.
According to  Techcrunch

 London chalked up a record $682.5 million of investment in the first three months of this year, a rise of 66 percent on a year ago and busting through the previous record of $411.62 million, set in Q4 of last year in 2014

 At the current rate, investments in London startups are on track to break past $2 billion this year. The figures, tracked by London & Partners shows that $682.5 million makes up 80 percent of all VC investment in the U.K. for Q1 ($856.7 million). 

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List of top 20 VC funding firms in London

Accel ( – global venture and growth equity firm funding companies from inception through the growth stage. Invested in Facebook, Macromedia, The firm is based in Palo Alto, California with major offices in Bangalore, Beijing, London, and Shanghai 

Advent Ventures ( – Advent Venture Partners is one of Europe’s most successful growth and venture capital investors in market-leading tech and life sciences businesses. Based in London, it invested in video website Dailymotion

Allegro Capital ( – London-based $50M fund focused on seed and early-stage investments in the fashion and retail space (brands + technologies) Amadeus Capital Partners

Amadeus capital ( – Based in Cambridge and London, they invest across the technology spectrum in industries that include communications and networking hardware and software, media, ecommerce, computer hardware and software,

Arts Alliance ( – invests in high growth companies ,particular focus on technology-enabled services ,including media & entertainment, mobile services, retail & logistics, marketing services, outsourcing and energy

Atomico ( – Atomico is a London-headquartered venture capital firm founded in 2006 by Niklas Zennström, a co-founder of Skype

 Balderton Capital ( – leading venture investor in the EU, who invest opn early stage and have nearly $2 billion of committed capital

Dawn Capital ( – early stage technology and IT businesses investor. Invested in and Virgin Media.

DN Capital ( – London based, focused on digital media and software. EC1 Capital ( – London based early stage tech VC Eden Ventures ( – London and Bath based, seed investors in technology and IT businesses

Fidelity Growth Equity Partners ( – London-based venture capital arm of asset manager

Index Ventures ( – Well established VC fund based in London, Geneva and Silicon Valley, investing in Life Sciences and Information Technology. Famous for investments in Skype, Lovefilm, Betfair and MySQL.

 JamJar Investments ( –  JamJar Investments is  based in London . They back early stage consumer products and services, including both tech and non tech businesses.

Frog Capital ( – Frog Capital  invests and specialise in business specialising in
early and growth stage venture capital and private equity investments

( – MMC are a venture capital fund investing in early stage, high growth, UK companies

July 23, 2015

UK has the largest insurance in Europe, 3rd largest worldwide

" ranking of global insurance market by size"

The UK insurance industry is the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. UK has seen managing investments of £1.8 trillion (equivalent to 25% of the UK’s total net worth) and paying nearly £12bn in taxes to the Government. I

Insurance  Industry in UK employs around 315,000 individuals, of which more than a third are employed directly by insurers with the remainder in auxiliary services such as broking

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July 22, 2015

London Universities which produced highest number of entrepreneurs

London Universities which produced highest number of entrepreneurs "

The most active UK University Alumni that have turned entrepreneurs 

This chart aims to  show which Universities  in UK have produced the highest  number of start up companies . The data shows the number of  Students from the universities who founded companies and turned entrepreneurs.

  1.  Oxford University beats Cambridge with 266 startups founded by alumni to 211 in Cambridge
  2. In London, LSE is the clear winner with 203 startups founded by its alumni with UCL and Imperial fighting for second place with 96 startups each.

London record 581,000 new start ups in a year, one startup in every minute

" which are UK's biggest start up activity"

London recorded  581,000 new companies  which were founded last year; more than one start up a minute

Research from national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain,  shows that 581,173 businesses were registered with Companies House last year.The above chart shows UK’s cities hotspots where entrepreneurial spirit thrives . This  new record beats the previous all-time high of 526,446 in 2013, up from 484,224 start-ups formed in 2012.

  1.  London  topped as UK ‘s biggest entrepreneurial  and start up Hotspots  creating a record 184,671 companies
  2. Birmingham has become the leading start-up hub outside London, with 18,337 company registrations.
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July 17, 2015

The best city for start ups : London vs berlin

The best city for start ups by business markets London vs Berlin"
There has been a lot of buzz on a  new article proclaiming Berlin as the “next Silicon Valley”, for the start up culture and the rivalry between London and Berlin seems to be played across the social media  quite fervently

According to  Angelist  there has been  1,553 claimed profiles for startups based in London and 273 for startups based in Berlin. Each of these profiles includes up to four tags representing the markets that the startup operates in. Together this gives 4,246 tags in 531 different markets for London and 772 tags in 275 different markets for Berlin.
 The chart compares the top 10  hottest market in London  and  Berlin  for start up culture

July 16, 2015