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  • Environment Secretary pledges action on ocean plastics

    The Environment Secretary has set out how the government is protecting our oceans.

    Environment Secretary Michael Gove pledged action to reduce plastic waste choking our oceans as he set out his ambition for the UK to lead the world in environmental protection.

  • UK economy risks losing billions by not hiring veterans into civilian workforce

    More than one in five service leavers will face employment challenges, resulting in a potential loss of £1.5 billion to the economy.

    A new study from Barclays reveals the UK economy could suffer losses of up to £1.5 billion in the next five years if veterans aren’t able to find employment, or are under employed upon leaving the Armed Forces.

  • Jobs boost for Welsh engineering sector

    Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns: CAF rail investment a ‘strong endorsement’ of Wales’ skills base and business environment.

    Spanish train manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has today (13 July) announced plans to create 300 jobs at a new factory at the former Llanwern steelworks site in Newport where it will build trains and trams for the UK network.

  • A third of Brits opt-in to marketing from brands online

    A new study commissioned by a leading performance marketing agency in Europe finds almost one third of Britons polled are likely or very likely to opt-in to marketing to allow brands to communicate with them online, with males more likely to do so than females.

    Those in London are the most likely to allow brands to communicate with them online, whilst individuals in Scotland are the least likely to opt-in to the marketing, according to brand new research undertaken in the UK.

  • Rail update: bi-mode train technology

    Modernising rail services and infrastructure on the Great Western Main Line, Midland Main Line and in the north.

    I wish to inform the House about some important developments regarding the rail networks of the Midland Main Line, south Wales and the north of England.

  • Foreign Secretary arrives in Japan for strategic dialogue

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in Japan for strategic dialogue

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in Tokyo today (Thursday 20 July 2017) for talks on regional security and the continuing strength of UK-Japan trade.

    During the two-day visit he will:

  • Early warning signs of downturn loom among UK SMEs

    Rising bad debts and delayed investment for UK small businesses point to slow down over the months ahead.

    Signs that the economy may be heading for a downturn are evident amongst UK SMEs, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker report from business funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS).

  • Research shows SMEs struggle without a procurement function

    Procurement is just as vital for SMEs as it is for large corporates, according to new research.

    Procurement is just as vital for SMEs at it is for large organisations, with formal procurement processes serving an equally critical role in helping them reduce costs, keep control of spend and eradicate labour intensive processes, according to new research from eProcurement provider Wax Digital.

  • UK economy risks losing billions by not hiring veterans into civilian workforce

    More than one in five service leavers will face employment challenges, resulting in a potential loss of £1.5 billion to the economy.

    A new study from Barclays reveals the UK economy could suffer losses of up to £1.5 billion in the next five years if veterans aren’t able to find employment, or are under employed upon leaving the Armed Forces.

  • UK small businesses have the most mishaps on a Monday

    Simply Business reveals a 41 per cent rise in small business accidents and injuries over past five years.

     

    Small businesses are more than a third (37 per cent) more likely to have an accident on a Monday than any other day of the week, according to new research from Simply Business.

  • £40m investment in high-tech Typhoon Defence System

    Defence Secretary has announced an investment of £40 million to improve the defence of the Typhoon sustaining over 100 British jobs.

    The contract, announced at today’s Airpower Conference in London, has been awarded to UK-based company Leonardo and will upgrade the aircraft’s Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS).

  • HM Land Registry signals the start of its transformation

    Our Annual Report and Accounts 2016 to 2017 covers subjects including comprehensive registration, digital transformation, Digital Street, open data, estates and staffing.

  • Accelerator Innovation Network event: 27 July 2017

    The Defence and Security Accelerator is holding an event in London on 27 July 2017 to provide more information on the themed competition: Improving crowd resilience

    Registration is now open. It closes on Monday 24 July 2017 at 12:30pm.

  • Tech innovators urged to use their skills to tackle terror threat

    Up to £2 million is to be made available to unlock innovation and fast track new technology to combat the next generation of terrorist threat.

    The UK is already renowned for its world-leading academics, researchers, engineers and technology developers, but today the Government is urging these talented individuals to come together and further support our work to keep the public safe.

    In his speech Security Minister Ben Wallace is expected to say:

  • Fine of £26,677 imposed for fisheries offences

    Vessel owner and master plead guilty to fishing offences at North Tyneside Magistrates Court in case brought by Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

    On 7 July 2017 JJR Fishing Limited, owner of the fishing vessel Golden Sceptre PD50 and its master, James West, pleaded guilty to 2 breaches of the Fisheries Act 1981 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

  • Bristol buses released from undertakings by CMA

    The CMA is to remove long-standing undertakings covering tendered bus services in the Greater Bristol area.

    The undertakings, covering FirstGroup Holdings Limited, ‘FirstGroup’, and local authority bus services, were put in place following the 1989 merger of local bus companies Badgerline and Midland Red West, which was investigated by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC).

  • Space entrepreneurs of the future enter Dragons’ Den

    Young space entrepreneurs have been offered support for their ideas on using satellite data to improve life on Earth after taking part in a Dragons’ Den style event with leading industry experts.

    The 11 young people earned the opportunity to put their concepts to the panel at the Satellite Applications Catapult at the Harwell Campus, Didcot, after winning the UK Space Agency’s SatelLife Challenge.

  • New A5-M1 link road in Bedfordshire hailed by business and civic leaders

    A new road which links the A5 with the M1 via a new motorway junction in Bedfordshire has been welcomed at its official opening.

    The A5-M1 link road has created a new northern bypass for Dunstable, taking long distance traffic away from the town centre, and opened up opportunities for thousands of new homes and jobs. It connects the existing A5 to the M1 at a newly created junction – junction 11A.

  • UK Government urges Welsh businesses to export

    One year anniversary for Department for International Trade.

    Welsh businesses are being encouraged to consider exporting their goods and services abroad by UK Ministers, to mark the one year anniversary of the Department for International Trade.

  • Jobs boost for Welsh engineering sector

    Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns: CAF rail investment a ‘strong endorsement’ of Wales’ skills base and business environment.

    Spanish train manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has today (13 July) announced plans to create 300 jobs at a new factory at the former Llanwern steelworks site in Newport where it will build trains and trams for the UK network.

  • Welsh Secretary promises certainty and stability to international companies in Wales

    Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will today (13 July) underline the UK Government’s commitment to providing certainty and stability to international businesses in Wales as the UK prepares to exit the European Union.

    Mr Cairns will visit Japanese electronics company Panasonic Manufacturing on the outskirts of Cardiff which has had a presence in Wales since 1974.

    Alun Cairns said:

  • Transport investment boost to apprenticeships and skills

    Major investment in road and rail could make up to 35,000 apprenticeship opportunities.

    Up to 35,000 apprenticeship opportunities are set to be created over the next 5 years thanks to major investment in road and rail infrastructure and technology, a report published today (12 July 2017) has revealed.

  • Businesses to access millions in government export support through partnership with high street banks

    UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, will help many more businesses, both exporters and supply chain SMEs, access financial support through their banks.

    Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade, Liam Fox, has today announced that UKEF will partner with five of the UK’s biggest banks to deliver government-backed financial support to exporters more quickly and efficiently.

  • Water companies make environmental improvements but Environment Agency urges more action

    A report published by the Environment Agency today has found good progress is being made.

    The majority of the UK’s water companies achieved close to or exceeded targets set to improve water quality, according to a new report published by the Environment Agency today.