Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) was the first international law firm to establish a wholly integrated, UK-based operation focused on large scale document-intensive aspects of litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations.
In the last 6 months, the firm has expanded its Belfast offering to clients to include corporate due diligence services and support for its London funds and real estate practices.
The City of London Corporation is committed to bridging the gap between the City and their neighbours and increasing prosperity across the City fringes, we have a longstanding programme of targeted projects in place, helping thousands of people each year.
In collaboration with Endeavor, a global not-for-profit, the Ernst & Young EMEIA Financial Services (FS) Intrapreneur programme is a pioneering sustainability initiative that promotes social and economic growth in emerging EMEIA markets.
Ernst & Young Smart Futures is a 10 month programme designed to unlock the career potential of bright young students (lower 6th) from lower socio economic backgrounds. Aimed at young people who qualify for free school meals, or would be the first in family to go to university, Smart Futures builds participants' awareness, confidence, business skills and networks through a series of interactive experiences.
Ernst & Young recognises that setting up in business can be a daunting prospect - turning a fantastic idea into a tangible product or service requires dedication and courage. Yet entrepreneurs are the change makers who will help drive the economy and create positive social progress. This challenge requires a creative approach and led Ernst & Young to create the Accelerate network.
Ernst & Young continues to be committed to reducing their impact on the environment wherever they can. This commitment has seen the firm's operations certified to the Carbon Trust Standard since 2010, and extends to encouraging our people to reduce their energy usage at home through participation in initiatives such as Earth Hour.
Ernst & Young continues to produce a relatively low level of waste – in 2011 it accounted for 4.4% of their carbon footprint. Regular audits show that the firm's waste comprises mainly of general office materials (paper, drinks cups, food, toner cartridges).
In just five years, PwC has saved over £7m, cutting energy by 33% and carbon emissions by 34%, exceeding their target of minus 25% and saving over £7 million in the process.
In terms of direct operations, a large element of the environmental sustainability of a Financial Services company relates to the need to maintain a network of offices. Waste management within the office environment is therefore one of the key issues the industry needs to focus on.
Two Leeds University class mates are making plans for the future as they complete a management buyout at a Bradford-based dental practice, using a £130,000 loan from Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking.